We have decided on a 14 by 14 plot for the garden (it is about all we
could fit). Since this is not very large ar there plants that can be
coplanted? for example what could I interplant with my tomatos. The
kids are thinking corn carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, lettuce. any
other suggestions that real taste good out of the graden?
Check out "Square Foot Gardening" and think about succession planting.
Go to your garden center or other place that carries seeds and look
through them and see what is there that your family likes to eat. Then
carefully read the instructions. Make careful note of the size of the
plants and how long it takes to maturity.
"Moral indignation is in most cases two percent moral,
Where do you live? What state.
In my previous home we had a 15 by 15, and in that I manage a half dozen
tomato plants, four green pepper plants, two rows of green beans (closely
spaced), a row of radishes, row of onions, and on the out side row I pounded
in a couple of T-Stakes, strung up a piece of plastic construction mesh
(orange) and trained about three cucumber plants to grow up it. Our stuff
was a little bit cramped in there but it worked out fine. We made a lot of
6 tomato plants will produce a LOT of tomatos. We ended up freezing a
bunch, drying a bunch, and EATING a bunch. We had two Early Girls, two Big
Boys, and two Celebrities. My wife also planted a couple cherry tomato
plants in a flower pot, that worked great.
I live in central Indiana...it doesn't pay to grow sweet corn in the
backyard because every farmer around here has it growing anyway, and I can
buy it for $3 a dozen ears just about anytime I want it. We bought two
pickup truck loads of late sweet corn last summer for $20 - blanched it,
buttered it, cut it off the cob and froze it. We're still eating sweet
I live in a western burb of Chicago. That was more than I thought I
could plant in that area. Congrats on your colts beating my bears :
( The kids really want to try some corn, I was going to try to
get 6-8 ears. The tomatos are for me. How did you get into the
middle of the plot with out stompng on the other plants? was the walk
ways dirt or stepping stone? Thanks for the response.
I agree that 6 tomatoes is a lot of tomatoes. Maybe 2 or 3 is plenty for
one family. If you like peppers one bell pepper plant is good, one jalapeno
will suffice. If your adventurous, one habanero pepper. One eggplant will
produce well. One or two okra will give you more okra than you can eat. I
suggest canning baby okra. Great in the winter. Onions are cheap. Buy them
don't grow them. I suggest allocating an area for herbs. Chives, parsley,
fennel, dill, oregano, basil ( several varieties), different varieties of
mint. You can cook with these herbs and they are easily maintained. Don't
forget perennials like rosemary, and a bay tree is easy to grow. Rosemary
doesn't need good soil, but doesn't like wet feet or being in drought
conditions..somewhere in between. The square foot gardening method is a
good choice. Buy the book. Google it. It will be worth the money. But most
importantly, in my opinion, is to garden by the organic method. Feed your
soil, not your plants. You will be rewarded with abundant harvests and no
chemicals to ingest. Good luck and above all have fun. Don't take it too
seriously. Learn from your failures and appreciate your successes. I
encourage you to visit this website www.dirtdoctor.com
I am not affiliated with it other than being a member for over 15 years.
LOTS of valuable info there.
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