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Valley City, Ohio (Zone 6a)
Jan 21, 2017 4:09 PM CST
What can I plant next to tomatoes in a a raised bed. I am spacing my tomatoes 2 feet apart in a 8" x 4" bed.

I am planting other vegetable plants in bed but was wondering about the space in between the tomatoes.

Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jan 21, 2017 4:42 PM CST

What size tomato plants are you planting? If they are Determinate or advertised as small growing plants, I would say 2 feet might be enough. Might be. I love the 'Husky' tomato series - they have regular sized tomatoes on very small plants.

If your tomato choices are Indeterminate, they are going to be crowded. I would think that 4 tomato plants will fit into a 4 x 8 planter if they are staked and kept pruned so they don't grow sideways.

I wouldn't add any other plants to this crowded box but some plants that do play nice with tomatoes are peppers and chives, onions and garlic.
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Jan 21, 2017 10:20 PM CST
I've grown basil in with tomatoes with no problem. And they taste yummy together, too. Smiling
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jan 22, 2017 11:21 AM CST
I plant mine 12 to 18 inches apart. They seem to like TOGETHERNESS. How many you planting ? And how many beds do you have ? You space them out evenly over bed you wont be able to reach the tomatoes inside.or grow anything else ! Hears what id do. Plant them in a row on west faceing side of bed. Then plant whatever else on east faceing side. The tomatoes will give shade from the blistering hot afternoon sun. That works hear in the ca. San Juoquin valley. 95f to 110 f. Summers ###
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