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Post  ddemeo on 3/11/2013, 2:07 pm

I'm trying SFG for the first time this year. I don't have a whole lot of gardening experience, so I'm starting off slow...mostly herbs which I've been able to grow in containers before. These are raised beds I already have in place (before I knew about SFG). The L surrounds a glass-enclosed front porch.

I have some empty squares I'm not sure what to do with yet. I don't want to plant too much to start with. I might use them for successive plantings of cilantro. I'm not sure yet. Maybe I'll see something at the nursery that I just have to have and I'll have a square or two already set aside for it.

I have two varieties of tomatoes and two varieties of eggplant. I want lots of basil because I love to make pesto. I tried to get the basil as close to the tomatoes as possible for pest control without having 4 adjacent squares of the same herb. Any thoughts? Would you arrange things differently? The entire L gets full sun all season.

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Post  Tris on 3/11/2013, 7:11 pm

I'm not sure about the rest, but I'd put the Mint somewhere completely separate and contained, I was told and have been reading that its super invasive!
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Post  ddemeo on 3/11/2013, 7:14 pm

Good to know. Thank you!
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Post  Hardcoir on 3/12/2013, 8:09 am

Tomatoes and Basil are perfect companion plants. We always plant basil adjacent to tomatoes. Of course, my wife loves basil so much, she will plant it in every square if I turn my back.

I really like L-shaped gardens and all geometrically-designed gardens. Squares, rectangles, concentric circles, ovals, and others are much more aesthetically pleasing to the eye than the standard row garden.
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Post  Turan on 3/12/2013, 2:12 pm

This looks really nice plan Smile

What type of tomatoes are you planning? Either determinate or indeterminate will probably crowd its neighbors if not kept severely pruned. So you might want to position an open square between them, maybe put a fast growing crop like lettuce. Put the eggplant where they won't get harassed by the tomatoes Laughing They don't need a trellis. Let the tomatoes use the whole trellis.

In any open squares you could put carrots (check out Carrot week activity), or some edible flowers and marigolds.

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Post  ddemeo on 3/12/2013, 2:27 pm

I'm growing two types of tomatoes Celebrity (determinate) and Big Beef (indeterminate). I thought eggplant would do better trellised in a SFG. It doesn't need to be? That would certainly make things a lot easier! Especially when it comes to crop rotation. Thanks for the advice!
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Post  quiltbea on 3/12/2013, 2:50 pm

Welcome to the forum. I love seeing more New Englanders joining us. Your garden plan looks good.
Personally, I would put only tomatoes against the trellis and stick the eggplant in front of them. Eggplant (no tellis needed) likes plenty of heat and doesn't need the shade of those tomatoes beside it.
Your Big Beef will be a big plant. In both cases I would give them 2 ft WIDTH space but plant in front of them.
Also be sure to remove the suckers on your Big Beef.
Determinates, and Celebrity is a good one for Ma., will grow only to a certain height and have a flush of crops in a 3-4 wk period only. Do NOT remove any suckers from those. They get bushy and you need to keep all the branches which hold the fruits. I'd give both plants a 2' width. For any plants you put in front of them, just plant them closer to the edge of the box and they should be OK.
If you plant chives, they'll need a permanent square. They'll overwinter just fine in MA and come back next spring.
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Post  ddemeo on 3/12/2013, 7:03 pm

Thanks for all the helpful suggestions! I'd have gone and removed the suckers off both tomato varieties. Glad you warned me!
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