This question may have been asked and answered but I couldn't find it so here goes.
Does Mel's spacing of plants really work? I know that I can do the tomatoes and peppers and such one per square foot with some careful attention but I worry about things like beans (green & limas) and peas at 9 per square. Do they crowd each other out or suffer from competition with each other? In other words, have you grown them this way and, if so, what was the result?
Most of my life I've grown in a field setting and I planted these things closer than recommended in a row but with the typical row spacing and they did fine. The last couple of years I've had a very small area to plant and I put in beans in more of an intensive pattern but again there was some additional room between the beans and the next crop for the roots and air circulation. This year I have square foot beds set up. It will be a new experience for me. Just don't want to waste time, seeds, and energy if they actually need to be planted a bit thinner than Mel says.
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