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Do you plant similar plants together?

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Do you plant similar plants together?

Post  boffer on 3/18/2011, 8:56 pm

While musing in another thread, NHGardener wrote:
Do you group all your like plants together, or do you scatter them throughout your boxes?

I generally will scatter mine around. If one plant in ten does poorly compared to the others, it tells me I better add extra compost to that box.

I've had cabbage moths bother plants in one box, but not the plants in boxes on either side. On the other hand, if I put all my broccoli in one box, it would make it easy to cover all those plants with crop cloth to keep the moths away.

Planting all the like plants together makes crop rotation easier.

Scattering makes it easier to mix different sizes of plants.

What else?

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 3/19/2011, 3:38 pm

I like planting things closer together because I monitor the staggering of my plantings easier. It also tends to be easier to see which square to harvest.

However, this year, I randomized things. I like my lettuces in one spot and carrots in another. Therefore, I get in a real rut when it comes to rotation. So, I randomized things this year to ensure that I forget where things were and will rotate next year by default.

It's easy to trick my short-term memory.....now, what else did I want to say?
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