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farmerbob919
May 1, 2018 7:09 PM CST
Hello all, I recently built a 3ftx3ft elevated raised bed to grow some vegetables and herbs...I did not do the typical "sq ft" grid though I wish I had now.

My plan is cucumbers in the very back(with trellis) and tomatoes(indeterminate) in front of them, with maybe an okra plant and bell pepper plant with a few herbs (no mint) right in front. Looking at my photo what do you think, honest opinion please. The small limped tomato plant is a cutting, wanted to see if I could grow it.
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sallyg
May 2, 2018 5:11 AM CST
My honest opinion, as an in-ground gardener, is, an indeterminate tomato is way too big for that. Will it be left laying? Typically they are staked up, but you're already at 3 feet, so after 2 more feet height you will have trouble reaching them. I guess you could let it make vines off the edges and hang down.
My tomatoes climb all over the cages, and then fall over with weight unless tied to a heavy stake. Yours would fall right out of the bed.
I think the cucumbers are OK.
And it may be hard to keep the bed watered enough for a big tomato in hot weather.
I see three tomato plants.
One okra plant is next to nothing. You'll get one okra pod at a time. How do you use it?
Pepper is OK.. I think. I cage mine. In your elevated bed, that too may be subject to blowing over in a summer storm.
Nice sturdy bed though Thumbs up
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farmerbob919
May 2, 2018 12:29 PM CST
Thanks, should the tomatoes be determinate or indeterminate?
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 2, 2018 1:50 PM CST
Howdy Bob I tip my hat to you.
4 x 4 legs would of been best.
At any rate, get some 1"x 4" bracing on legs, or legs to bed.
Bed should be at least 18" deep, for deep rooted crops as you have.
Tomatoes should be at least 18" from cucks.
I'd put tomatoes near one side of bed, and let them grow down, over outside of bed, this will give you more space, for other plants and room to reach other plants from other 2 sides.
Plant the dwarf okra. Most okra grow really tall.

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