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Post  swripley on 3/29/2010, 9:17 am

I finally completed my planting plan!
3 foot paths between boxes. I have to put asparagus in with other plants so am working out a box with in a box. I have a couple of ideas but would welcome suggestions. I will cage tomatoes. All other vining plants (cukes, summer squash and beans) will be in hanging baskets on the back fence. Potates in buckets. It's seems like a lot for a first start but I just can't contain myself.

I started seeds last night and start building boxes tonight after work. Very excited!
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Post  choksaw on 3/29/2010, 9:28 am

WoW whens dinner that looks like an awesome layout for veggies and some of my favorites are in there good luck to you keep us poste don your progress and success cause my mouth is already watering
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Post  castoral on 3/29/2010, 10:09 am

Wow! Your plans looks incredible! This will be my first year as well, but you've even outdone me!

My only suggestion is I have read that cauliflower (as well as cabbage and broccoli, but I'm not sure it applies to the varieties you are planting since it says baby broccoli) needs two square to really produce well. Suggestions mentioned planting them in a checkerboard pattern and then using the border to plant maybe lettuce or something else compact.

Also, I love the idea of planting any of the vining plants from baskets. We also have a fence area that will be getting full sun. Could you share with me where you learned about growing them in baskets (size, soil needed, how many seeds for the size container, etc.) I have already moved my strawberries to a hanging "bucket" and my potatoes to a trash can, as well as a few others like melons and pumpkins to just a random area in a bed in the back of my house, but if I could get a few things in baskets, that would be awesome! Thanks!

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Post  Retired Member 1 on 3/29/2010, 1:10 pm

Very impressive! What program did you use to make your plan? It looks similar to gardeners.com, but more detailed.

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Post  swripley on 3/29/2010, 1:30 pm

@castoral wrote:My only suggestion is I have read that cauliflower (as well as cabbage and broccoli, but I'm not sure it applies to the varieties you are planting since it says baby broccoli) needs two square to really produce well. Suggestions mentioned planting them in a checkerboard pattern and then using the border to plant maybe lettuce or something else compact.
Also, I love the idea of planting any of the vining plants from baskets. We also have a fence area that will be getting full sun. Could you share with me where you learned about growing them in baskets (size, soil needed, how many seeds for the size container, etc.) I have already moved my strawberries to a hanging "bucket" and my potatoes to a trash can, as well as a few others like melons and pumpkins to just a random area in a bed in the back of my house, but if I could get a few things in baskets, that would be awesome! Thanks!
I think I will be okay with the broccoli as it is the baby variety (cross between broccoli and kale) and is harvested continually – no waiting for a single big head – so it shouldn't take up too much room. As for the cauliflower, that was a last minute add in as I had a few extra spaces and my hubby said “Cauliflower!” I may need to look into it further and do a bit of moving. Thanks for the advice.

As for the vining veggies in the baskets – this is an experiment but based on info I received in a post from boffer...

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/welcome-mat-f3/love-the-forum-would-letting-them-hang-work-t653.htm

I think if will work. I am using coconut mat lined flower baskets that around half rounds and hang on the fence. I am estimating that they are about ½ square foot so I planning on planting 4-5 plants per basket. I am playing with the idea of running a string/wire across the top of our six foot fence about 6 inches up or so and tying a few runners along it. It is going to be along a fence that currently has trellis of roses, clematis and honeysuckle so this could get interesting and chaotic. I will try to post photos as I go.


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Post  swripley on 3/29/2010, 1:31 pm

belfrybat wrote:Very impressive! What program did you use to make your plan? It looks similar to gardeners.com, but more detailed.

I just used Microsoft Publisher, cropped screen prints from gardener.com and a few other clipart images from Microsoft. I used text boxes for labeling.
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Post  Retired Member 1 on 3/29/2010, 6:38 pm

Hmm -- I have MS Pub -- thanks for the tip. Will have to play around with doing something like that. Someone posted a link last week for a program to take screen shots. Now to find it....

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Post  swripley on 3/29/2010, 7:28 pm

Acutally I just use Ctrl/Alt/Print Screen which copies what ever is currently displayed on your screen to your clip board. I then paste into a publisher document as a singled image and crop to what ever image wanted.
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Post  WardinWake on 3/29/2010, 9:47 pm

@swripley wrote: 3 foot paths between boxes. I have to put asparagus in with other plants so am working out a box with in a box. I have a couple of ideas but would welcome suggestions. I will cage tomatoes. All other vining plants (cukes, summer squash and beans) will be in hanging baskets on the back fence. Potates in buckets. It's seems like a lot for a first start but I just can't contain myself.

I started seeds last night and start building boxes tonight after work. Very excited!

Swripley: Asparagus will be OK where they are for this year. Asparagus can take over an entire bed in two to three years depending on the number you plant. Asparagus roots run DEEP. Some accounts have them growing down as deep as 12 feet. Now that's deep enough to float your hat!

God Bless, Ward.
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