How close is "close"?

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How close is "close"?

Post by o.. » Tue, 09 Apr 1996 04:00:00



In laying out my square foot raised beds, I've been paying particular
attention to selecting companion and non-companion plants.  Several
times now, while doing reading, I've come across phrases like:

        Do not plant x close to y (onions close to peas, for example)

But in none of these books/pamphlets does the author define "close".

My raised beds are 4' x 4' (divided into 16 squares), with 30" walkways
between the squares.  I'm certain I shouldn't plant non-companions in
adjoining squares, but can they be planted in the same block?  In
adjacent blocks?

In other words, how close is "close"?

 
 
 

How close is "close"?

Post by Gwennis Moonc » Sat, 13 Apr 1996 04:00:00


hi. i just built a raised bed too. my first real garden. it's 42" x 9' and
24" high. i'm going to square foot garden/companion plant too. i also wuold
like to know how close 'close' is!   also, as i only have room for one bed,
how do i manage planting next year? is there enough room to rotate the
plants?   if necessary, i can still divide the bed in half with a wall. we
havn'et filled it up yet.  any suggestions?

gwennis
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How close is "close"?

Post by Henry Forso » Mon, 15 Apr 1996 04:00:00


I'm not sure how close 'close' is, but I do know that separating by a wall is a good idea for
rotating crops.  Just make sure that the roots of the plants give back to the soil the things
the other side's plants strip away so that when the next year's plants are planted in that
side, that the soil will not be taxed too heavily.