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Post  Andrea13 on 4/20/2013, 4:52 pm

I would love any thoughts on this please....

This would be the North row of my 4x8 box (so a 1x8 row). The tomatoes are indeterminates.

I will *attempt* a Florida Weave to support the Toms and allow the Cukes to climb. It seems like it should be enough room, given the standard of 1 per square for tomatoes. In this 8 square row, I would like to have 4 tomatoes (can I squeeze 5?) and 3 cukes.


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Post  brainchasm on 4/20/2013, 8:54 pm

I think it should work, but I'm a first year student!

The tomatoes are south of the cucumbers, and their thinner leaves in theory should allow the sun to get to the cucumber leaves...


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Post  chjbr63 on 4/20/2013, 9:08 pm

I don't think you cucumbers will get enough sun. Not sure why you would want to do it that way. Why not just do 5 tomatoes and than 3 cucumbers?

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Post  Andrea13 on 4/20/2013, 9:49 pm

Well, it wouldn't be unusual for me to over-complicate things No

Thanks for the feedback!

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Post  QuercyGarden on 4/22/2013, 8:36 am

I was also planning to have a 4 x 8 box with tomatoes and cucumbers on the north side. They would be along the long side of the box. However, it occurred to me that if I set up a frame as is shown in Mel's book, how would I be able to reach the vegetables growing in the 3rd - 6th boxes in the second row, just to the south of the tomatoes/cucumbers? The frame would prevent access from the north side of the box, and the interior boxes would be too far in to reach from the east, west or south sides of the box. It seems to me that the only solution would be to have a 2 x 8 box. With a 3 x 8 box, it could still be too far to reach the cucumbers and tomatoes growing on the south side of the frame.

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