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Post  steve638 on 1/25/2015, 10:47 am

Is this the right forum to discuss the spacing of plants per sq ft regardless of plant? If not please post where I should be posting questions about it.

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Post  camprn on 1/25/2015, 11:08 am

Ask away. I can move the thread later.

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Post  steve638 on 1/25/2015, 1:25 pm

Tango celery, has anyone grown it? If so what kind of spacing per square foot?

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Post  plantoid on 1/25/2015, 5:26 pm

@steve638 wrote:Is this the right forum to discuss the spacing of plants per sq ft regardless of plant? If not please post where I should be posting questions about it.

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 There are Mel's recommendations  for plant spacings  in the charts in the books shown in my strap lines , plus a lot of other interesting & useful stuff .

 If you haven't got the books , I offer that it is a sensible thing to do to get hold of them if you can afford it .

 I'd be fairly lost without the books , ending up being on the internet far more than I am now asking for help .
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Post  steve638 on 1/25/2015, 8:18 pm


 I followed the link you provided, how did you come up with 1 per sq ft?  The page instructs to plant seeds 1 inch apart.  There were a few pictures and it shows 9 plants per sq ft.  Did I miss something?  

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Post  sanderson on 1/25/2015, 8:34 pm

Seed packets usually instruct to sow more seeds than needed, then thin to so many inches apart = wasteful. SFG has you sowing seeds where you want something to come up with less thinning of seedlings. My one and only try at celery was 4 per square. Works fine if you occasionally trim a wayward stalk and wrap for blanching. If you have the room, 1/sq would be great.
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Post  steve638 on 1/25/2015, 8:41 pm

@sanderson wrote:Seed packets usually instruct to sow more seeds than needed, then thin to so many inches apart = wasteful.  SFG has you sowing seeds where you want something to come up with less thinning of seedlings.  My one and only try at celery was 4 per square.  Works fine if you occasionally trim a wayward stalk and wrap for blanching.  If you have the room, 1/sq would be great.

Thank you for the comments and advice, I'll give it a go this spring.  I'll be cutting stalks throughout the season to eat and juice with.  Thank you!   thanks
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Post  camprn on 1/25/2015, 10:14 pm

@steve638 wrote:

 I followed the link you provided, how did you come up with 1 per sq ft?  The page instructs to plant seeds 1 inch apart.  There were a few pictures and it shows 9 plants per sq ft.  Did I miss something?  

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I looked at the size of a fully mature plant to determine the spacing.

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Post  has55 on 1/26/2015, 12:09 am

Plantoid is right about using Mel's recomendation for spacing. I found it quite helpful. Later you can make adjustment as you learned about your plants, esp plants from other parts of the world that you just want to try out.
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Post  walshevak on 1/26/2015, 12:29 am

Based on the size of the big stalks I see at the supermarket, I would plant 4 to a square.  I don't grow celery, but I believe the stalks taste/look best when covered up to the leaves.  Comments on this anyone.

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Post  plantoid on 1/26/2015, 6:12 am

@steve638 wrote:
@sanderson wrote:Seed packets usually instruct to sow more seeds than needed, then thin to so many inches apart = wasteful.  SFG has you sowing seeds where you want something to come up with less thinning of seedlings.  My one and only try at celery was 4 per square.  Works fine if you occasionally trim a wayward stalk and wrap for blanching.  If you have the room, 1/sq would be great.

Thank you for the comments and advice, I'll give it a go this spring.  I'll be cutting stalks throughout the season to eat and juice with.  Thank you!   thanks

Have you  found out about making " stumplings "  as well as cutting the hand of celery leaving a 1 & 1/2 " long undisturbed stump .  They will quickly give you new celery ..... sometimes it's a bit bitter but it is great for drying the leaves and using as soup/stew seasoning etc.
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Post  sanderson on 3/16/2015, 4:05 am

Cucumbers are supposed to be 2 per square. Does anyone plant more? How many per square? They have a 5' trellis for climbing. Thanks.

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Post  sanderson on 1/31/2018, 3:01 pm

Plant spacing per Mel Bartholomew, creator of SFG.

With permission, I am posting photos that Trolleydriver took of his first year using SFG.  As they say, a photo is worth a thousand words. I hope this helps Newbies with their planting. Very Happy

Two (2) cucumbers per square Feet. Spacing of plants Planti11

Four (4) dusty Millers per SF. Spacing of plants Planti10

Four (4) leaf lettuces per SF. Spacing of plants Planti13

Nine (9) beets per SF. Spacing of plants Planti15

Nine (9) turnips per SF. Spacing of plants Planti12

Sixteen (16) carrots per SF. Spacing of plants Planti16

Sixteen (16) radishes per SF. Spacing of plants Planti14

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 1/31/2018, 11:43 pm

Picture perfect, TD and sanderson!!!

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Post  sanderson on 2/1/2018, 3:51 am

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Post  OhioGardener on 3/20/2020, 6:41 pm

I'll resurrect an old, old thread, to ask about Kale spacing.  I normally grow Curly and Red Russian Kale, and space them one per square. This has always worked good.  But, this year I am growing Dino or Lacinato Kale. Since it grows more upright, with thinner leaves, can it be planted two per square, instead of one?  I am considering them in diagonal manner in the squares, like this:

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Post  sanderson on 3/23/2020, 3:30 pm

Yes!!!  That's how I plant my Swiss chard and larger kales.  May I steal this photo to add to my teaching collection?  Love it.  I call it "8 inch" spacing.

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Post  OhioGardener on 3/23/2020, 3:59 pm

@sanderson wrote:Yes!!!  That's how I plant my Swiss chard and larger kales.  May I steal this photo to add to my teaching collection?  Love it.  I call it "8 inch" spacing.

Sure, you're welcome to it!   I'll be planting the kale & chard tomorrow, and this is what they'll look like.

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