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How do you keep your veggies in thier Square Foot?

Posted by justinandlaura1 (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 9, 09 at 2:23

This is my first go round with the SFG and I feel like everything is growing all over eachother causing a bit of chaos. I am just wondering if you are supposed to prune the heck of out everything to keep it contained to its own sqft?

I have zucchini, pole beans, tomatoes, egg plant, cucumbers, etc, etc that have all gone wild and have no concept of "a square foot". I trellised the tomatoes today, so hopefully i will get a little control back on those, but the rest are still going crazy on thier own program. What do you guys do? Browsing through the sqft garden book and it just seems all the stock photos are all of perfectly bunched flowers that all live great in their square foot, dont see any zucks, etc. Just wondering what most folks do and what to expect, etc.


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RE: How do you keep your veggies in thier Square Foot?

I put a zuke in my first SFG between two tomato plants- what a riot! I had to hack back a few leaves every now and then. If you do that, remember, don't remove any more than 1/3 of the foliage.

Tomatoes are supposed to be kept to 1 or 2 vines (indeterminate types) so heavy pruning is a must. Or not. I don't bother pruning my tomatoes too heavily.

My trellis is on the north side of the garden and I usually plant one tomato, one cuke, one tomato, etc. all along the back and tie them up. After awhile, the cukes go a little nutso, but I don't mind.

In front of those are peppers and in front of those, carrots.

I keep some pepper plants and all of my eggplants in containers.

I ended up building separate beds for the pole beans, strawberries, and onions on either side of the stairway to the deck. The pole beans growing up the tee-pees on each side of the staircase made sort of an arbor and looked quite nice. Then I discovered that we don't really care for pole beans. LOL.

RE: How do you keep your veggies in thier Square Foot?

Although I've been gardening over 10 years this was my first year to SFG. I admit I was skeptical at how little room things like tomatoes, cukes, squash and melon were assigned. I've spent the Summer pruning things back and still things are a little too close for comfort for me. I'm afraid a single pest or disease will run the entire length of the bed and wipe out an entire type of plant (ie all the tomatoes) since the leaves still touch even with pruning. I love the concept of SFG especially the trellis part and will be doing it again next year but with gardennotebookgirl spacing instead of the book's recommendation for things grown on a trellis. I'm going to try doubling the space recommendation for tomatoes, cukes, squash and melons and see if I'm happier with that next year.

RE: How do you keep your veggies in thier Square Foot?

I let trellised things go where they please. If they're healthy vines, they can go wherever since they're 'confined' to the trellis itself.

I just have to remember to leave enough room for the zucchini/squash and wind the vines of the sweet potatoes around each other.

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