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daigo75
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 5:17 pm    Post subject: Size of vegetable garden Reply with quote

Hi all,
I have a question that might sound silly, but I prefer to ask to avoid doing mistakes. I've been preparing two "semi-raised" beds for my vegetable garden (I turned the sod upside down, broken the soil underneath as it was extremely compact, removed some yellow larvae and and took away many many many many many stones. Really many, and many are still left!). Shocked

Now the soil is a little raised, and I will add the compost as I would do with raised beds, so I will have a nice mixture (original soil seems quite fertile, plus there are many nice earthworms living there). Smile

At the end, I have two areas of about 5 square meters each, and I was wondering if I should make a third one or make them longer (they are 130 cm wide, I took the recommended measurement for a raised bed). I'm planning to plant peas, green beans, carrots, onions, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, peppers, chillies and maybe something else. Tomatoes will go in growing bags, in the sunniest part of the garden. Quantities should feed two people, but I prefer to have some margin. Smile

So, could you please tell me how much space does each of them need? Can I put seeds and plants closer to each other, since they are in a "semi-raised" bed? I have plenty of space in the garden, but I'd like to ensure that I'm not overdoing it. Wink

Thank you very much for your hints.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would observe the planting instrucion of the seed packets, while bearing in mind that that the more fertile the plot the More plant content it can carry.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Diago

I moved house last year, and couldnt wait to get going on my veggies.

There were two brick raised squares already there each about 1.5m squared. But I also put together 2 raised beds, as one of them was immediatly used up with my first early spuds.

Also dont plant too close together, roughly follow the packet, if they are too close they wont develop as well.

Hope this helps



I am growing for two as well, and i have to say i needed the other two raised beds.

It does depend on what you want to grow, last year I had brocalli, peas, broadbeans , beats, onions, and some salad crops. the brocolli by far take up the most room.

But then the onions kept me going till christmas, and I will plant even more this year they were lovely.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

follow the instruction on the seed packet. Plants that are planted too close together will mature earlier but be smaller in size. if you want big onions plant them at 3-4 per sq foot and small onions at 10-12 per sq ft. plants compete for food light and moisture.
keep up the good work
michael brenock horticultural advisor (retired)
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