Raw_Nature(5 OH)March 14, 2013

I am planning a square foot garden... I hear so much conflicting advice out there about spacing,etc.. I'm hoping this well clear that up. What should a space tomatoes, peppers, trellised cucumber/ melons? I know people who have great yields with 6" spacing in trellised cucumber, even 4"!! Peppers I understand you should space one foot? Now tomatoes, it's difficult to find truth, everyone has their opinions, what do you find is a efficient spacing? A was going to space tomatoes every foot until people said that's a no go... What are your advice for spacing all the different plants from experience? Picture would be very helpful!

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the spacing can be found under the faq tab between galleries
and tools & resources.
if you want more info it can be found in the square foot books.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 11:21PM
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kathyb912_in (5a/5b, Central IN)(5a/5b)

Peppers work just fine for me in 1/square.

I grow my indeterminate tomatoes in a different garden bed -- generally 4 plants in a 4'x4' raised bed, with lots of compost, and they get huge (especially the cherries). This year, I am planning to try a couple determinate tomato varieties in my SFG, 1/square, because they stay smaller and shouldn't need to be pruned so aggressively to keep them in bounds. But the squares around them will be filled with things like spinach, carrots, beets, and lettuce, which can be easily harvested if/when the tomatoes need the extra space.

Cucumbers in the SFG will be new for me this year -- I'm planning on just 2/square, on a support, and will see how it works.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 11:41PM
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My personal spacing preferences:
Peppers 1 ft apart. They like to rub shoulders.
Indeterminate Toms, which I string, 1 1/2' spacing for better air circulation. The other 6" of space in front I put lettuce, radishes, and spinach like kathy mentioned above. They are harvested before the tomatoes overrun them.
Determinate Toms I grow in big pots with tomato cages. They are limited in size, some only 2' tall, others about 5' tall, and produce all at one time. Once they have their flush of harvest, they give very little else.
Cukes 6" apart on trellis or with tomato cages.
Melons, smaller ones including watermelon, in a raised berm (no boards around it) so they can spread in all directions without interfering with my other crops.
You will find your niche and what works best for you in your micro-climate, zone, frost dates, and space.
Good luck.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2013 at 8:06PM
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mistigardens(TX 7/8)

quiltbea, is that styrofoam under the watermelon?

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 1:05AM
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Yes mistigardens, I recycled some packing materials which included foam sheets. Putting them beneath the melons kept them from getting too wet and made them easier to find.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 12:01PM
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mistigardens(TX 7/8)

wonderful idea, thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 1:00PM
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