Hi all! I moved my garden as of yesterday...the frost left alot of greens droopy so I just pulled them up and moved the garden while I had a break from crazy weather here. I've got enough greens @ my grandparents about 5 minutes down the road so it wasn't a big deal....Here's a pic of the new garden. My wife hated how the garden was because it took up the whole yard previously but I'm glad she pressured me to change it because they now are in a spot that gets much more sun throughout the day and now have 4 uniform beds and one smaller bed for a cold frame and for herbs, instead of an odd shaped bed so they will be easier to manage as well. I'll also be able to have an easy string trellis about 5 ft high along the fence for tomatos, peppers, cucs, etc.
My spring plan is: 2-3 tomatoes on the back trellised on the fence for 3 of the large gardens, the 4th garden will have pickling cukes on the ground and lemon cukes for cuke salad on trellises, the other 3 will have summer squash in one and sweet potatoes around the summer squash for living mulch, acorn squash in the other on the ground, and spaghetti squash in the 3rd on the ground. The small one will probably have okra with either herbs or alliums...haven't decided. I figure okra will be good because when it gets cooler the okra will die and that'll leave that area for a cold frame. I'll also have peppers in 5 gal buckets in between each garden against the fence trellised as well.
My questions are as follows:
"Keep them away from squash. The problem with sweet potatoes and squash is they will compete with each other as they both like to spread out." This quote was from ghorganics(not familar w/ validity of website)...I won't be planting them near any running squash, just bush squash(straightneck & zucchini) and they are slips that I'm starting now from the sweet potato harvest from my grandparents last yr. He keeps them in a row and cuts them down if they spread too far and has a bumper crop each year. I figure as a ground cover and trimmed down I'll have enough for my expecting wife, our future child, and I throughout the next year since we eat them every now and then and are not an everyday staple in our diets. Would this be a problem or should I be okay as long as I make sure everything gets enough food/water?
Also, I couldn't find anything as far as alliums for okra companions. I've been unsuccessful @ getting good bulbs and have had bumper crops of green onions(which I don't like) but love sweet onions and go through those like crazy. How can I ensure I get good bulbs with okra if they are companions and how can I store them for long periods? Is it like storing root veggies over winter, if so thats easy...If I can't plant them next to okra I'll have to decide okra vs onions which is not an easy decision for me, but my wife isn't a fan of okra so I'll have to go w/ onion if thats the case.
Thanks, I know I'll get some great info on here!