I have another post in this forum, but this is a totally different question. I hope it is okay to post more than one topic.
I am a first time gardener in the ground (always planted in containers before). And I am only planting the veggies I like, but I am unsure if this setup will work. I laid out this setup, not even knowing which plants like/dislike each other. I haven't transplanted anything into the garden yet; I am planning on it tomorrow.
I have been searching through charts/forums about which plants go together, and I think my setup might work, but it's hard going back and forth reading about each plant and what it will or will not go with. Can someone that "knows" help?
Here is my plan:
8' x 22' garden with marigolds around the entire border. (I read marigolds help with "pests," but I also read that is a myth, so I don't know. Besides the many, many, many different insects I've seen in the garden plot, I've seen chipmunks, sqirrels, bunnies and a raccoon, but I don't know what else - I just moved here.)
Anyway, here's the rest, inside the marigold border:
Back row: Broccoli right next to peppers, 2 foot path across to the other side of the back row is corn.
About 1-1 1/2 feet is my next row of lettuce, 2 foot path across, 2 rows of peas.
About 1 foot to my next row of onions, then 2 foot path and on the other side is green beans.
Another foot (hopefully there's enough room) is another row of onions, then 2 foot path and the other side have potatoes.
I HAVE ONE TOMATO PLANT - WHERE DO I PUT IT? I was trying to go from tallest plant in the back to shortest, but where should I put it? Randomly between my pepper plants? Will it be far enough away from the broccoli and corn? Should be a few feet away from each.
Then again, the peppers might run over and have to be planted next to corn with peas in the next row - can I do that?
Will this setup work? Is 2 feet down the middle enough separation? With 1-1 1/2 feet rows good?
Also, how far away should I start the veggies from the marigolds? I was going to do about 6 inches - is that enough?