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Post  Liesbet on 3/18/2015, 9:58 pm

I'm doing a report on square foot gardening versus row gardening. Does anyone know what kind of yields I can expect from beefsteak and Roma tomatoes in manitoba? In lbs...
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Post  sanderson on 3/19/2015, 1:32 am

Liesbet, Welcome to the Forum from California, US. glad you\'re here To find out the answer, one would have to grow a sufficient number of plants (for statistic significance) of both types under both conditions. The one thing about square foot gardening is that a well made Mel's Mix can allow a plant to reach its genetic potential.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/19/2015, 7:31 am

Hi Liesbet.  Welcome from Atlanta, GA!

When does your report need to be turned in?  Will you have time to grow your own & take pics?
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Post  Liesbet on 3/19/2015, 10:48 am

No I won't have time to grow a garden before the report should be done. What have others found- has the yield doubled or??
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/19/2015, 10:58 am

I don't really know if the yield will be greater per plant.  Hopefully someone else can chime in on this...

BUT - you use less land and water w/ SFG.

The problem with row gardening is that you're walking between (maybe long) rows (and compacting the soil).  So you have to leave room (about 3 feet) between rows.

With SFG, you're not walking on it, so you don't need that walkway.

I can plant 1 tomato per square foot.  In a 25'x2' row, that's 50 plants in 50'.  In a regular 25' row garden, you'd need at least 125'.  (2' for the plants = 50', plus a 3' walkway between them = 75'.)

Hope this helps...  I take it you've read All New SFG (2nd Edition) as part of your research?
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Post  Liesbet on 3/19/2015, 11:01 am

Ok that tells me some... Thanks! I read the old SFG book and I hadn't realized there was a new one.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/19/2015, 11:18 am

Oh, yes!  Check your local library for the 2nd Edition.

I've read all 3.  It gets better & easier with each new edition!
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Post  Liesbet on 3/19/2015, 11:20 am

Hey thanks!
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Post  sanderson on 3/19/2015, 2:26 pm

There is also an old, old book back when dirt was also used. The current method is described in All New Square Foot Gardening, 1st or 2nd Edition.

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