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Sq. Ft. Gardeners - help with layout

Over the weekend I read the square foot gardening book and found it very helpful. Now I'm planning my layout, but I'm not sure if it's enough of each item. Would you mind taking a look at the layout and telling me if something isn't working, or if I have too much of one item:

 

TOMATO         PEPPER        BROCCOLI     SWISS CHARD

EGGPLANT     CARROTS      ONION           BASIL

CUCUMBER    PEPPER        BROCCOLI     JALAPENO

TOMATO         EGGPLANT    LETTUCE       BASIL

 

Last year I grew tomato, basil and jalapenos with great success in containers, but the green peppers and cucumber never produced (I blame this on a lazy brother who forgot to water them while we were on vacation). The rest of the items will be a first try this year. 

Re: Sq. Ft. Gardeners - help with layout

  • I wouldn't waste valuable space on Broccoli. Even the organic stuff is cheap. Also broccoli is a cool weather plant as is swiss chard and lettuce.
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  • image redcabbage:
    I wouldn't waste valuable space on Broccoli. Even the organic stuff is cheap. Also broccoli is a cool weather plant as is swiss chard and lettuce.

    I agree re: broccoli, but swiss chard in my area (DC, which can't be THAT different than NJ) is good for the entire growing season.

    also, you'll want to make sure that things like your tomatoes & cukes won't shade your beds.

  • image kastle:

    image redcabbage:
    I wouldn't waste valuable space on Broccoli. Even the organic stuff is cheap. Also broccoli is a cool weather plant as is swiss chard and lettuce.

    I agree re: broccoli, but swiss chard in my area (DC, which can't be THAT different than NJ) is good for the entire growing season.

    also, you'll want to make sure that things like your tomatoes & cukes won't shade your beds.

    I was thinking of setting it up so that the row you see on the left would be to the north. I think that's the correct way so they don't shade other plants.

    In the back of the book, Mel lists all kinds of veggies and it says swiss chard is okay in the summer. Maybe it's only for certain zones? I'm in 6b, so I'll definitely look into it.

    I have two brocc seedlings that I sowed indoors, so I wanted to use them. Maybe I'll throw one of them in a square and see what happens. Worst case it dies and I'll replant. The seed pack only cost $1.00 so I won't be out much.

    What about replacing one of the brocc/lettuce squares with zucchini? That might work better.

  • image mmremshard:
    image kastle:

    image redcabbage:
    I wouldn't waste valuable space on Broccoli. Even the organic stuff is cheap. Also broccoli is a cool weather plant as is swiss chard and lettuce.

    I agree re: broccoli, but swiss chard in my area (DC, which can't be THAT different than NJ) is good for the entire growing season.

    also, you'll want to make sure that things like your tomatoes & cukes won't shade your beds.

    I was thinking of setting it up so that the row you see on the left would be to the north. I think that's the correct way so they don't shade other plants.

    In the back of the book, Mel lists all kinds of veggies and it says swiss chard is okay in the summer. Maybe it's only for certain zones? I'm in 6b, so I'll definitely look into it.

    I have two brocc seedlings that I sowed indoors, so I wanted to use them. Maybe I'll throw one of them in a square and see what happens. Worst case it dies and I'll replant. The seed pack only cost $1.00 so I won't be out much.

    What about replacing one of the brocc/lettuce squares with zucchini? That might work better.

    zuc takes up more than 1 square (unless it's a compact bush variety), so that would work if you moved all your lettuce & broc to adjacent squares.

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