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Are these vertical plants too close together?

Posted by shpigford 7 (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 20, 13 at 14:48

I've got 3' x 15' raised beds. And, according to my understanding of the spacing on these plants...the attached image is how they should be spaced.

But this seems crazy. Seems like all those plants in the inside row would get smothered out by the others because they'd be blocked from the sun.

Am I just over thinking it?

In my attachment, from left to right we've got:
* Butternut squash
* Melons
* Pumpkins
* Cherry Tomatoes
* Tomatoes


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RE: Are these vertical plants too close together?

Anyone? Ready to get these planted but really hesitant to at this point.


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RE: Are these vertical plants too close together?

It would help to know N-S-E&W?

But I will say that the pumpkin may in fact shade other plants on it's way to the sun.


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RE: Are these vertical plants too close together?

The top is north.


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RE: Are these vertical plants too close together?

Normally any tall or vining plants are grown on the north side AND Trellised.

Plants tend to grow towards the sun.

Where on this glorious planet are you located?


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RE: Are these vertical plants too close together?

Birmingham, AL


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RE: Are these vertical plants too close together?

Also, for clarification, I do have 7 3x15' beds...so I could definitely spread a lot of these out. Just not sure what's wisest.


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RE: Are these vertical plants too close together?

Any obstructions getting to the north side? Or any side for that matter?

You canning tomatoes or feeding the neighborhood? Should have plenty either way.


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RE: Are these vertical plants too close together?

No obstructions. Can fully access all sides.

And yes, canning and feeding a lot of people with all sorts of food this year. Assuming everything doesn't die. :)


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RE: Are these vertical plants too close together?

I don't know if you want to try a trellis around the perimeter of one bed about 3ft above the ground for the pumpkins? Could grow the butternuts with the pumpkins.

Some people like to build slings for the fruit up off the ground. I don't but let the vine hold them up. At 3ft up any that fall won't have far to go yet are up off the ground.

Do you have a bed with N&S at the narrow ends? That would allow the vines to travel, which those two love to do. Read that as travelers towards the sun.


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