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Post  clfraser on 4/9/2011, 2:48 pm

I have aquired a grape tomato plant and I am out of squares. Can I put in the same square as my cilantro? Or could I put in my square where there is lettuce and try to scrap the lettuce since we are hitting 90 degrees most days? Could it share the same square as another tomato plant? My only concern is shade. However, I did not think through height of plants at all when planting this time so I have a feeling I may be totally changing it up in the fall. Learning as I go here.

I just know I need to get this plant in the ground/Mel's Mix and I don't know where to put it.

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Post  martha on 4/9/2011, 2:55 pm

I would have to think your lettuce's days are numbered, so right off the top of my head, that seems like an easy answer. How big is the tomato plant right now?

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Post  sfg4uKim on 4/9/2011, 2:57 pm

I think I'd go for the lettuce. IF the tomato is small enough you can probably give the square a few days with both in it since the tomato won't need the root space.

As a matter of fact in the original SFG book Mel had you plant a tomato in the middle, 4 lettuces to be harvested early and 2 radishes between each lettuce. So you would harvest the radishes, then the lettuces before the tomato needs the root space.

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Post  quiltbea on 4/9/2011, 2:59 pm

Lettuce will bolt in that heat anyway, so I'd harvest it now and give the space to your tomato.

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Post  Shoda on 4/9/2011, 3:12 pm

Also, most lettuce starts to taste bitter and rather nasty as the weather gets hotter. I managed to keep some from bolting last summer only to discover it wasn't really worth eating.

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Post  clfraser on 4/9/2011, 3:29 pm

The tomato plant is probably 2 foot tall. I planted the lettuce 2 weeks ago hoping we would have spring, yet it seems we are quickly progressing to just hot. Thus, all I have are tiny sprouts now. I think I will go for that square and hope it doesn't shade my other things around it, (Peas, sweet pepper, and onion).

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Post  clfraser on 4/9/2011, 3:30 pm

Thanks everyone for the quick reply, now I can go plant it.

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