Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by sanderson Today at 3:42 am

» Tomato Questions
by sanderson Today at 3:32 am

» A really, really Frugal Gardener
by sanderson Today at 3:30 am

» Howdy, from Central Florida
by sanderson Today at 3:29 am

» Today's Harvest
by sanderson Today at 3:27 am

» Worm bin?
by sanderson Today at 3:24 am

» Biochar?
by No_Such_Reality Today at 12:30 am

» Compost pit?
by No_Such_Reality Today at 12:05 am

» Coffee Substitute?
by No_Such_Reality Yesterday at 11:51 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in October 2017
by Mimi2 Yesterday at 7:33 pm

» N & C Midwest: October 2017!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:20 pm

» BOOK GIVEAWAY - ENDS 10/20/17
by brianj555 Yesterday at 11:20 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 10:55 am

» Sowing Experiment! Anyone Tried This?
by brianj555 Yesterday at 10:36 am

» Spaghetti Squash ?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 10:28 am

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver 10/21/2017, 5:34 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by yolos 10/21/2017, 5:16 pm

» Frames for SFG Beds - Versitile PVC frames for Protection
by sanderson 10/21/2017, 4:10 pm

» California's Drought
by AtlantaMarie 10/21/2017, 10:04 am

» Hello from a 7b zone
by AtlantaMarie 10/21/2017, 10:00 am

» Newbie from Ayrshire, West Coast of Scotland
by plantoid 10/21/2017, 7:27 am

» Butterfly Junction
by sanderson 10/21/2017, 12:08 am

» Mels book
by sanderson 10/20/2017, 11:54 pm

» Any Strange and Wonderful Visitors? Photos please!
by countrynaturals 10/20/2017, 11:34 am

» My Compost Bin
by SQWIB 10/20/2017, 7:36 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by sanderson 10/20/2017, 3:38 am

» A great offer for a local SFG,er
by sanderson 10/20/2017, 3:07 am

» Hello from Gilbert, AZ
by LizDTM 10/20/2017, 12:21 am

» How to Grow Better Tomatoes
by countrynaturals 10/19/2017, 7:59 pm

» Carrot Week 2017!
by countrynaturals 10/19/2017, 7:54 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Tomatoes in a 4 x 4

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Tomatoes in a 4 x 4

Post  shebud413 on 3/24/2012, 1:09 am

I'm a newby..Calfironia Inland Empire dweller..want to plant tomatoes in a 4 x 4. Early Girls are my favorite but want to try Romas also like Centennial. How many can I plant in a 4 x 4? How deep should my planting medium be? Want to keep it simple this first year. Have had good luck in ground in previous years but my small amount of available ground is worn out and needs a break. Keep it simple. Thanks
avatar
shebud413

Posts : 1
Join date : 2012-03-24
Location : redlands, california

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Tomatoes in a 4 x 4

Post  Chopper on 3/24/2012, 1:17 am

Welcome. Theoretically you can grow 16 tomatoes in a 4X4 and you do only need 6 inches of the mel's mix, as hard as that may be to wrap your head around.

Practically, I am not sure I would personally want to plant 16 tomato plants in the same 4X4, although I would consider it in a 2X8 because:

1. Tomatoes, especially here it seems to me, are so sensitive to wilt that if one gets it you are in trouble with the whole box

2. and this is the biggest reason - 16 tomatoes in a square would be a whole lot of bush, even with good pruning. It might get unwieldy and it would be hard to use trellises on all four rows, although I suppose you could use cages. Mine outgrew their cages quickly.

So to answer you question, I might consider doing one tomato per 1.5 squares to make it more manageable. Or split your tomatoes into several boxes mixed with other things. One of the beauties of the program is not having a single type of plant per area, and this keep down disease and pests too. So what you need is four boxes with tomatoes in the back row! So there, I have quadrupled your work for you! Smile

Chopper

Female Posts : 2467
Join date : 2010-05-05
Age : 62
Location : Warner Springs, CA USDA Zone 8a, Sunset Zone 7 (I think)

View user profile http://thezimmermannfamilytoo.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Tomatoes in a 4 x 4

Post  shannon1 on 3/24/2012, 1:36 am

I would only grow 4 on the north side of a 4x4 box. You could do a 1x16 if you have space and grow 16 toms. No one ever said it had to be a square box. 6" of Mel's Mix works great for me.
avatar
shannon1

Posts : 1697
Join date : 2011-04-01
Location : zone 9a St.Johns county FL

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Tomatoes in a 4 x 4

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum