August 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm #255627
Just curious does any one follow the recommended planting distances that they have on seedlings or seeds, or like me and just try to fit as many plants in the space as you can :blush:
And do you think you would get better results if you did follow recommended distances.August 29, 2011 at 7:31 pm #506959BobbeeMember
We never follow planting distances from the seed packets but I don’t think we just try to fit as many plants in the space as you can either.
Mr Bobbs plants close together but in rows so he can weed with the scarifier and I plant sort of higgledy piggledy but so I can weed reasonably easily if the mulch falls down on its job.
Don’t know if that’s much help.
Of course some plants like zucchini, for example, need a bit of space, imo, to keep airflow because they tend to get mildew near the end of the season. I like some space between tomatoes too.
Bobbs :hug: :hug: :hug:August 29, 2011 at 8:06 pm #506960
My golden rule is plant so taller F&V do or dont shade shorter F&V. As I companion plant most of my beds I just try and plant as many annuals as I can into the alloted space. Experience will teach you that nature has its own rules for your patch that are often quite different to what retail seed packs indicate.August 29, 2011 at 8:44 pm #506961mountainmumMember
I have done both ways over the years and now I find it is much easier and more productive to plant as though a famine is coming :laugh: in other words no rows or spaces (although my peas are kind of in rows to keep them to the string fences, but they are very close and jungle-like 🙂
Whenever I have space, weeds appear. No spaces = no weeds. No weeds = less work for me :tup: I did this in April this year in a newly built patch and it was really sucessful, and not a weed anywhere. OK well maybe some of it was because my son sowed an entire packet of kale :woohoo: so kind of accidental but it worked!
I just put a photo of how it looked in winter on my blog if you want to have a peek (link below)
Also if you buy seed packets rather than seedlings there is always more than enough to grow huge amounts, even over a few years.
Im just reading Jackie French’s book (again!) Backyard Self-sufficiency, and while I don’t completely agree with her on everything, she also agrees that an unruly abundance of food = less weeds and maintenance.
I think this is a permaculture principal too (someone may enlighten me more) lots of different foods in together with some good-bug attracting flowers. They don’t do structured rows etc for the same reasons.August 29, 2011 at 9:21 pm #506962
I must say I like a bit of structure in my veg patch but I still cram as much as I can in which does prevent weed growth (sorry compost food!!) as well as allowing for good companion planting and rotational practices.August 29, 2011 at 9:24 pm #506963
Thank you everyone.
Mountainmum that is what i usually do, but for the last couple of years don’t seem to have a great deal of success, especially with tomatoes, i did grow some Tom’s in buckets last year as well as the garden and the bucket ones went extra well so i am going to plant more in buckets and less in the garden just as a trial this year. 🙂September 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm #506964lilacbutterflyMember
I tend to chuck seeds in and hope for the best. :whistle:September 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm #506965calliecatParticipant
I like a jungle effect 🙂September 1, 2011 at 11:33 pm #506966karyn26Member
Nah they just go in,I usually scatter seeds if small .
I have a jungle of carrots growing with peas and they are all good sizes though some that have been pulled are still small so I just shove them back in a vacated hole.
I also have seeds dating back to ’07 and they are still good.September 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm #506967RavykMember
I try to have some kind of order in my veggie patches, but it never stays that way!September 5, 2011 at 9:14 pm #506968
Thank you everyone for your answers.
Rayvk must admit i like neatness and order in all things, and as much as i like it like that most of the time everything is messy and certainly not orderly. :whistle: maybe one day it will be :laugh:September 5, 2011 at 9:38 pm #506969RavykMember
carolf post=322864 wrote: Thank you everyone for your answers.
Rayvk must admit i like neatness and order in all things, and as much as i like it like that most of the time everything is messy and certainly not orderly. :whistle: maybe one day it will be :laugh:
Sounds like my whole life! I love neatness and order but when you live in a two room place with too much ‘stuff’ those two go right out the window!
At least my corn grew in straight rows last year! :laugh:September 5, 2011 at 9:58 pm #506970
Ravyk post=322868 wrote:
when you live in a two room place with too much ‘stuff’ those two go right out the window!
At least my corn grew in straight rows last year! :laugh:
I know exactly what its like Ravyk. I lived in a bedsitter once with one room, a dunny and all my worldly possessions. Talk about cramped but at least my washing would hang straight from the ceiling light!September 5, 2011 at 10:46 pm #506971
Ravyk at least you have an excuse, sorry to say i can’t use the excuse of not enough room, everytime my hubby or i fill another shed he will build another, all i can say is heaven help the last person standing :blush:
My corn didn’t do any good last year, hubby’s dog knocked it all over chasing mice :S
Porgey just remember how quick the house work was done though. 😆September 22, 2011 at 9:19 pm #506972MatthewWilliamMember
If you are planting shrubs, bushes, or small trees as foundations plantings, they should be at least 3 feet from the building. There is an exception, of course. Spreading junipers should be planted about 4 feet from the building.
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