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Post  southern gardener on 8/6/2013, 1:42 am

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Lyndeeloo:  I foot spacing on indet. tomatoes sounds very close to me, please keep me posted how that works later in the season.

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 I have 8 Beefsteak and 4 Beefmasters running down the center of 3 consecutive boxes. They are all producing large, abundant fruit, still growing taller and producing more blossoms. I don't have the heart to cut the tops on them. They range from 5'+ up to slightly over 7' tall. They all seem very happy crowded together. I have trimmed the lower leaves off to allow for circulation. The only thing I have added to the Mel's Mix was 2 side dressings of alfalfa pellets.

Lyndeeloo: How many square per plant does that amount to? sounds like you're doing well! congrats
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Post  lyndeeloo on 8/6/2013, 8:00 am

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Lyndeeloo: How many square per plant does that amount to? sounds like you're doing well! congrats
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One tomato plant per square foot. I followed the SFG book for spacing. It seemed tight compared to the spacing I was used to in my traditional gardens, but the plants are VERY happy. I wish I had the forethought to keep track of how much I get from each plant. Wouldn't it be interesting to know how many pounds of tomatoes per square foot?

This is my first year with SFG and I'm very impressed with how the garden is doing. I have 2 other gardens that I've had for many years with traditional soil and I planted like crops in each for a comparison. While they are all doing nicely the SFG is definitely superior to the others. The plants in the SFG appear larger, healthier with increased yields and there is minimal weeding needed.


The tomato plants have gotten so tall in this bed that you can't see the corn planted behind them anymore.
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Post  camprn on 8/6/2013, 8:21 am

I love that metal conduit for trellising and staking. That garden is looking very Like a Star @ heaven  AWESOME! Like a Star @ heaven 

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Post  southern gardener on 8/6/2013, 10:44 am

@lyndeeloo wrote:
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Lyndeeloo: How many square per plant does that amount to? sounds like you're doing well! congrats
Hi SG
One tomato plant per square foot. I followed the SFG book for spacing. It seemed tight compared to the spacing I was used to in my traditional gardens, but the plants are VERY happy. I wish I had the forethought to keep track of how much I get from each plant. Wouldn't it be interesting to know how many pounds of tomatoes per square foot?

This is my first year with SFG and I'm very impressed with how the garden is doing. I have 2 other gardens that I've had for many years with traditional soil and I planted like crops in each for a comparison. While they are all doing nicely the SFG is definitely superior to the others. The plants in the SFG appear larger, healthier with increased yields and there is minimal weeding needed.


The tomato plants have gotten so tall in this bed that you can't see the corn planted behind them anymore.

Is there anything in front of the tomatoes? I guess my question is this, how many plants are in the 16 SF bed? I understand they are 1' apart. Thanks!! Nice looking garden BTW Smile
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Post  lyndeeloo on 8/6/2013, 4:54 pm

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Is there anything in front of the tomatoes? I guess my question is this, how many plants are in the 16 SF bed? I understand they are 1' apart.  Thanks!! Nice looking garden BTW Smile
Sorry SG, misunderstood the question. In this particular bed there were 4 sq. broccoli, 4 sq. corn 4 plants per sq., 4 sq. of tomatoes and 4 sq. of Romaine 4 plants per sq. The broccoli and romaine are done and I have seeded those squares with beets and carrots for my second planting. They are tiny yet so you can't see them in today's photo.
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Post  southern gardener on 8/6/2013, 4:58 pm

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Is there anything in front of the tomatoes? I guess my question is this, how many plants are in the 16 SF bed? I understand they are 1' apart.  Thanks!! Nice looking garden BTW Smile
Sorry SG, misunderstood the question. In this particular bed there were 4 sq. broccoli, 4 sq. corn 4 plants per sq., 4 sq. of tomatoes and 4 sq. of Romaine 4 plants per sq. The broccoli and romaine are done and I have seeded those squares with beets and carrots for my second planting. They are tiny yet so you can't see them in today's photo.

gotcha!!! thanks! those are some beautiful maters!! yummo!!
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Post  sanderson on 8/6/2013, 7:40 pm

Lyndeeloo, The photo of your four 4x4 boxes in a row look like a promotional photo for SFG!  Neat, clean, productive, green, weed-free, etc.  Well done.cheers
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Post  lyndeeloo on 8/6/2013, 8:09 pm

Thank you Sanderson, I appreciate the kind comments. Here at home the adjectives used regarding myself and the garden are more along the lines of "obsessed and compulsion" Rolling Eyes 
LOL! Although there are NO complaints about the tomatoes and other fresh veggies on the dinner table! Gardening is like breathing, I can't live without it!
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Post  jewlz2121 on 8/7/2013, 12:00 pm

Here is one of my Brandy Boy's, almost as big as my 3 year olds head!  Smile 

 
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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/7/2013, 1:27 pm

Shocked Holy crow!

How many maters are on that plant?

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Post  jewlz2121 on 8/7/2013, 1:56 pm

I'm not really sure.  I have 4 Brandy Boys right next to each other.  Just from those 4 plants, I'd say I've gotten about 50 good size tomatoes so far.
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Post  Marc Iverson on 8/8/2013, 12:33 am

Wow, that is a nice crop! Love that big tomato too!
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Post  southern gardener on 8/8/2013, 12:47 am

@jewlz2121 wrote:Here is one of my Brandy Boy's, almost as big as my 3 year olds head!  Smile 

 

What a little cutie pie! That is a monster tomato. Never heard of Brandyboy, but I'd like to try it! Nice one. We have a Brandywine loaded with tomatoes. Can't wait for them all to ripen. Had to BUY a tomato today Sad Congrats on your beauty!!
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