Small Vegetable Garden - Knowledgebase Question

Madison, WI
Question by shubanks
November 18, 1997
Last year was the first year I've had a garden for 15 years. I grew some Burpee seeds indoors with greater success than anticipated. However, when I tried to plant everything, the garden plot was too small (8x4). I'd like to plant the following vegetables next summer, but not sure how many plants I need to start to plant outside once the weather permits - can you give me a few different options? (Tomatoes, radishes, spaghetti squash, green and yellow peppers, scallions, cucumbers, baby carrots).


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Answer from NGA
November 18, 1997

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First of all, choose varieties that are compact/bush types, such as Burpee's Tumbler Tomato. Shepherd's Seeds (www.shepherdseeds.com; ph# 860-482-3638) features container gardening varieties in their catalog. Train your vining plants (squash, cukes, cherry tomatoes) tightly to trellises to keep the bulk of their growth off the ground. Scallions, baby carrots and radishes don't need much room, and can even grow in a window box if you don't have space for them along the edge of the plot. You can increase soil surface area by making a mounded rasied bed, since you can grow some plants on the curved edges.

It's a good idea to start more seedlings than you intend to plant, so you can choose the strongest ones to transplant to the garden. Draw out a garden plan on graph paper to get an idea of how many plants will fit. You can also plant crops in succession - after the first crop of radishes, put in another batch of baby carrots.

I hope these tips prove helpful and your tinyplot yields bountifully!

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