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Post  sas581 on 5/4/2014, 11:24 pm

Hi Everyone,

As a newbie to square foot gardening, I'm in need of some hand holding. I'm having trouble planning the layout of my two 4x8 beds.   I would like to grow:  Tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, summer squash, peas, carrots, lettuce, eggplant, cabbage, peppers, basil, oregano, parsley and beets.

I have read Mel's book, but I'm having trouble with staking vs. trellising, and pruning.  Suggestions are greatly appreciated.




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Post  yolos on 5/4/2014, 11:36 pm

For Tomatoes, I use cages because I have plenty of room (see my avatar).  My cucumbers I put on a trellis.  Beans depend on whether they are bush beans or pole beans.  Pole beans I put on a trellis.   Summer squash depends on what variety you are growing (some are vining and some are big bushy plants.  Eggplant I just used a short stake to keep them upright but I don't think you really need that.  I don't grow peppers so I don't know about that.

Incase you are new to growing, some of the vegetables you want to grow are warm weather crops and some are cool weather crops depending on your zone and climate.


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Post  sas581 on 5/4/2014, 11:48 pm

Hi Yolos,

Thanks for your suggestions. From what reading staking, caging and trellising are all acceptable and interchangeable.



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Post  yolos on 5/5/2014, 12:22 am

Yes they are all acceptable.  But they do have different benefits and drawbacks.  When you cage them it usually takes up more room but you do not have to do any pruning.  I am sure someone will come along that uses different methods.

Actually, I just looked at my avatar and realized that I forgot to say I actually staked and caged my tomatoes this year.  Way overkill but I have my reasons.


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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/5/2014, 8:02 am

Hi Sas.  Welcome!

Carrots - some you can plant in 6", some need more.  But you need to keep them moist.

Beets & Carrots - if you have a misting setting on your watering setup, it will help keep them in place rather than moving around like mine did, lol.

I use trellising & staking a lot.  But my garden plot is completely fenced in up to 4' minimum.

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