tedln
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Growing Crowded! (Picture Heavy)

I enjoy using all of my available space to grow plants. The following photo shows one of my 4' X 8' beds where I have tried to make use of my space.

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This photo shows the same bed a little closer with two varieties of carrots on one side of the bean trellis. I also have bell peppers growing on both sides of the trellis.

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This photo shows the opposite side of the same bed where I am growing yard long green beans up the trellis, Bell peppers, Prudens Purple tomatoes up the string trellis, and garlic. The garlic leaves are about thirty six inches tall and the stems are about 1 1/2" thick at the soil line.

The reason this works is the fact the bed is aligned East and West so everything gets as much sunlight as needed.

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Another photo of my Romaine lettuce growing under the cucumber trellis. We have been eating Romaine salads for about two weeks.


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Looking at my squash seedlings through the protective netting.

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And some spring flowers.

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Great pics Ted and great use of space.

I like the lettuce idea under the cuke trellace before the leaves cover that area up.... Great idea!

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Ryan,

When the cukes cover the trellis in about three weeks, it will shade the lettuce causing it to continue producing considerably longer.

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Lookin' beautiful, Ted! =)

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Looking great Ted, getting a good "seedling high" just looking at your photos, because we're heading into winter down here.

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Rob, thank you! I would say I am so sorry about your approaching winter. The fact is, I don't feel sorry for you. New Zealand is so beautiful, the season doesn't matter. I suggest you find a hot spring and just soak the winter away.

Happy Soaking

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With the different varieties you have in one bed, Ted, do you ever follow any of the companion planting rules or do you just put in what will fit?
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garden5 wrote:With the different varieties you have in one bed, Ted, do you ever follow any of the companion planting rules or do you just put in what will fit?
You have to remember I have been growing this way for almost forty years either in large containers or raised beds. Over the years I've learned some companion planting rules on my own and some from other people. When I mentally start moving my garden around and then start planting, I will stop and remember that I can't plant certain plants together because I know from experience they will not work. In that sense, I think I follow companion planting rules. Often, when I plant something new to me like the garlic this year, I have no idea how it will work with other plants; but I will know next year. My biggest challenge is always making sure my beds and plants are arranged to get enough sunlight. If you will notice in the bed I am showing, my garlic and beans are widely separated. That is because I know the legumes set or fix nitrogen in the soil while the garlic is a heavy user of nitrogen. I made sure the soil is rich enough for the tomatoes while the garlic has already used most of the nitrogen it needs. The garlic has almost reached the end of its life cycle.

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I love your garden! Great idea on the romaine as well, I have some seeds, but wasn't sure how or where I was going to plant them.. I just might now.
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Where in north Texas are you? I'm by Dallas and we kept fighting the late snow and freezing temperatures. Did you start your corn in a greenhouse? Your corn looks like it's already 18 inches tall!
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mickyjune26 wrote:Where in north Texas are you? I'm by Dallas and we kept fighting the late snow and freezing temperatures. Did you start your corn in a greenhouse? Your corn looks like it's already 18 inches tall!
We are on the North side of Lake Ray Roberts. We had the same snow you guys had. Our kids and grand kids live in Denton and Corinth. I'm not sure what you are seeing as corn. Maybe my garlic which I planted last fall. The lettuce was also planted last fall. Everything else with the exception of the tomatoes was planted as seed in the ground the weekend after our last snow. Everything germinated within ten days of sowing. What all are you going to grow in Denton?

Micky & Megan,

I forgot to mention, welcome to the forum. We are glad you are here. Keep us posted on what your doing in your garden.

I noticed in another post, you are from Iowa. I think you need to get one of those bumper stickers that say "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could". :roll:

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sjohnson9206 wrote:I love your garden! Great idea on the romaine as well, I have some seeds, but wasn't sure how or where I was going to plant them.. I just might now.
Thank you! I planted the Romaine last fall. It germinated and grew about three inches tall. It sat without doing anything except staying alive through six or seven snows and a lot of freezing weather. We started getting warmer weather about three weeks ago and it has grown to about 14" tall in those three weeks.

I don't know how well it will do planting it this late. You might have enough cool weather left in Indiana for it to grow. We sometimes go up around Shipshewana, Indiana and I am amazed that cool weather crops and flowers are still growing in August.

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