OT, but everyone here is quite opinionated so,
I have a 4 x 6 matrix of spaces to plant 2 varieties of tomato plants
with somewhat varying exposure to full vs almost full sun. What
pattern is best, checkerboard, or alternate rows/columns?
of space. <<<
I'd agree with Harry (oh no!)
but to dig a little deeper, how to lay out the plants also depends on
plot & plant orientation
with respect to the travel of the sun and how long into the fall your
garden allows tomatoes to survive.
What you're wanting to do is maximize sun exposure over the whole
My tomato planting area allows for a single row of 4 plants. The row
runs perfectly east-west. There are walls on the north & east. I
angle the row so in the afternoon the westerly plants don't shade the
easterly plants.... best I can do in my small space.
I plant them year after year (a crop rotation no-no) but to minimize
nematode problems I used restraint varieties.
I pull the plant as soon as they stop production & remove the root
systems. I mulch at this point so it can "over winter".
I also use shrimp shell meal which really seems to have helped with
I have 24 spaces, in an e-w and n-s orientation. Spaces are fixed. I
have 12 plants of one variety, and 12 plants of a second variety. I
just wanted to know about which plants to plant where, to maximize
tomato production. Cluster all of one type together, or plant
checkerboard, or alternate rows. Today I planted all 24 plants in a
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