How to arrange my new garden

spy231May 5, 2010

Thanks in advance guys and gals.

This is my first ever garden. We wanted to start off small so we made an 8ft x 4ft raised bed garden. It is 14 inches deep.

I went to the nursery today and bought 4 tomato plants and 2 bell pepper plants. She said that this was all I could fit in my garden.

I looked at the recomended plant spacing and how to plant them and I figured I could get several more veggies to fit. The wife wants some squash and zucchini.

Could I get the squash and zucchini to fit? Maybe put them at the ends so they grow outside the box?

Could I get some more peppers? Any help would be appreciated. I dont know how to post a picture, but it would be nice if somebody could explain (or show) me the best way to plant these in my 4x8 area.



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engineeredgarden(7, nw Alabama)

If done correctly, you can fit 4 tomato plants, 8 peppers, 1 zucchini, and 1 crookneck squash comfortably in that box.


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nycynthias(Z6 NY)

The lady at the nursery never read SFG, apparently!
To expand on EG's comment and answer your original question: assuming your long side runs north-south and can be trellised...I would do 4 tomatoes on the trellises, as well as 1 zucchini and 1 crookneck squash on the trellis (they will all need to be tied as none are natural climbers for the most part). You can either leave about 2 square feet for each of the squashes, or you could plant them each one to a SF which I believe is the default spacing for a SFG? I personally would put one at either end of the box so some foliage can spill out over the sides and be pretty. Then the middle 4 squares can each have a tomato, trellised of course. Next up, you can put in 8 pepper plants. They get large so they each need 1 square foot.
Guess what though? You have plenty of room (half the bed!) left!! You could do herbs, lettuces, radishes, carrots, etc. Generally, of course, you will want to go down in size as you move toward the south side of the bed--so, leaf lettuces, radishes and carrots (which are generally 16 per square) in front of the herbs which are usually 1 or 2 per square.

Here's a sample layout:
Trellis: Zucchini-[z]-Tomato--Tomato--Tomato--Tomato--Squash-[s]
Leaf Let-Leaf Let-Leaf Let-Romaine-Romaine-Leaf Let-Leaf Let-Leaf Let

    Bookmark   May 6, 2010 at 6:37AM
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