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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 3/26/2012, 12:24 am

While looking at my garden plan, I was wondering if I could plant something quick growing, like radishes, in the same squares as bell peppers. Also can leaf lettuces and spinach be planted in the same squares as bell peppers? I'm trying to maximize my growing space and bell peppers(one per square) seem to be a good candidate to host other veggies.
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Post  Chopper on 3/26/2012, 1:22 am

You are already maximizing by using sfg! LOL. I think radishes might work (though mine were oddly slow growing this year). I would hesitate to do lettuce and spinach because I think you would regret it. It would end up competing with the peppers.

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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 3/26/2012, 1:29 am

@Chopper wrote:You are already maximizing by using sfg! LOL. I think radishes might work (though mine were oddly slow growing this year). I would hesitate to do lettuce and spinach because I think you would regret it. It would end up competing with the peppers.

Well then, it looks like I'll have to figure out another way to get in spinach and collards. :scratch: Those are the only two veggies that don't have a home yet.
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Post  FamilyGardening on 3/26/2012, 1:44 am

someone ask this question not to long ago....

some one suggest that said you could plant the lettuce around the main plant (pepper for you) and by the time the pepper was big enough and needed the square for its self....the lettuce would be done and bolting..... Very Happy

i have read of others doing this....and with the radish....i have read that some will plant them along the grid line.....

i say give it a try.....its only a few lettuce and radish seeds....you can pull them out sooner if need be....and plant them in a pot or something Very Happy

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Post  walshevak on 3/26/2012, 8:00 am

I plan to plant pepper plants smack dab in the middle of some lettuce that is growing well now, but that I expect to bolt early as it was winter sown. 4 squares. Instead of cut and come again, I will start pulling up the plants as I eat. And 1 onion at the point where the grid crosses on beds without beans. This is for bug control as well as I ran out of space. Worked well last year. Carrots on the grid lines didn't work too well. The surrounding plants overshadowed the carrots and I got no harvest until early winter. They were few, stumpy but tasty.

Eggplant and ocra are tall single square plants that I want to try lettuce and radish under. But use the small radish varieties and only 2 lettuce. I have 2 radish plants now that took over the whole square, but produced no bulb on the 1 I pulled yesterday. Was planted 2/3. minowase white a large radish.

Collards will do well in Pi R Squared gardens. IE round pot or buckets. They don't need more than the 6" depth, but they definately take up a full square foot (or more) and can get top heavy. 6 plants will keep a family of 4 in collards on a cut and come again basis all summer. If I was going to do this I would put the pots together in an area where I could set up a tulle or row cover barrier. Collards are very hard to keep worm and bug free.

Did you see the thread on the cement mixing tub? I can see using that as an immediate spinach bed.

My son got a good crop of winter spinach (5 plants) using the rubbermaid bin that he grew potatos in during the summer. 4 plants. It had left over MM and decomposed straw used to build up around the growing potatos plus some extra 5 blend compost for replenishment. We plan to dump it and start potatos again next week.

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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 3/26/2012, 8:01 am

Well I'll have 48 squares to plant my veggies in so I'm sure I'll figure out the logistics of it all. Cool Spinach is actually not an absolute necessity but collards are. Collards with ham hocks is one of my favorite dishes.

Too bad I can't grow ham hocks in my garden too!

It's fun to plan this out.
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Post  walshevak on 3/26/2012, 9:11 am

Try taking the tomatos out and putting them in buckets. Weather is dictating that this year. I'm afraid I'll not get a tomato crop because of summer heat unless I get them planted soon and my spring crops are on track but nowhere near finished. I'm still trying to wait at least 4/10 when I return from visiting my son for 2 weeks. Next 10 days is cooler but still above average. I've changed my garden plan sooo many times.



So much I want, so little time and space.

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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 3/26/2012, 3:45 pm

@walshevak wrote:Try taking the tomatos out and putting them in buckets. Weather is dictating that this year. I'm afraid I'll not get a tomato crop because of summer heat unless I get them planted soon and my spring crops are on track but nowhere near finished. I'm still trying to wait at least 4/10 when I return from visiting my son for 2 weeks. Next 10 days is cooler but still above average. I've changed my garden plan sooo many times.



So much I want, so little time and space.

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I could possibly put some of the tomatoes in buckets but I don't know if I want too many buckets sitting around the yard. One or two wouldn't be bad at all but that might be about it. I do live where there's a HOA but they're not nearly as strict as some of the horror stories I've heard.
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