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Post  sara.colleen.3 on 10/19/2012, 9:27 am



left bed:
cucumber, green beans, green beans, green beans
empty row
summer squash, zucchini

right bed:
tomato, peas, peas, tomato
basil, pepper, pepper, parsley
green onions, carrot, carrot, carrot
lettuce, lettuce, lettuce, lettuce


This is a tentative plan for my first garden. Any suggestions? I tried to keep in mind companion planting and easier to grow plants. I would also like to fill in the gaps in the left bed. Thanks for looking Very Happy
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Post  quiltbea on 10/19/2012, 11:01 am

Welcome Sara.Colleen to the forum. Being in Fla you have an extended season with some cooler weather arriving. Looks like a good plan to me.

Can you grow heat-loving tomatoes outdoors in your area during the colder months? If that's iffy, you might want to get the cooler-loving varieties if it doesn't stay too warm.
I would put greens in those 2 presently empty rows. Leafy lettuces, radishes, spinach and other greens like Mizuna and Arugula. If it gets too hot, the larger plants can shade them.

I'd leave your lettuce squares for heading varieties like Butterhead and Romaines.

Is there a trellis for your toms and peas? If so, you can always tie your tomatoes to the trellis as they grow taller.

Another idea might be a few broccoli, cabbage or cauliflower plants for one of those empty rows. They are cool-loving plants.

The important thing is to choose crops you LOVE to eat.
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Post  sara.colleen.3 on 10/19/2012, 10:14 pm

Quiltbea, Thanks for the advice. I did not realize there were cool weather varieties of tomatoes. I will check into that. Otherwise I was planning to wait until spring to plant them. I like the idea of planting spinach behind the squash. Thanks!
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Post  quiltbea on 10/19/2012, 11:14 pm

sara.... There are tomatoes that can take cooler weather, like Oregon Spring which can actually be planted outdoors a whole month before the last frost here in Maine, which is short of a miracle. I've grown it myself. It didn't have the best flavor I don't think but its better than store-bought. I know there was one with Glacier in its name. Go to google and look up a few that can take some cooler weather.
Good luck whatever you plan either this fall or not til spring.
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