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Post  sjustman 1/8/2023, 4:50 pm

I am very new to anything gardening and have 2 4X4 boxes ready. Below are my thoughts for the layout, but admit, I've really struggled in placing plants, trying to use companion planting as best as I can.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  I'm in the West Houston, Texas area. TIA



















Tomato
Bodacious Hybrid
(1)









Borage









Cucumber
(2)
Spacemaster









Tomato
Brandywine Pink
(1)
 








Marigold
Red Knight









Pepper
California Wonder
(1)









Marigold
Favorite Blend









Borage









Basil
(1)









Pepper
California Wonder
(1)









Marigold
Red Knight









Calendula / Nasturtium

 







Tomato
4th of July
(1)









Oregano
(1)









Onion
(16)
Tokyo Long White









Tomato
Napa Grape Hybrid
(1)













 








Sunflower
(Tiger Eye Hybrid)
Okra
Clemson Spineless (1)









Bean (2)
Corn (2)









Bean (2)
Corn (2)









Sunflower
(Tiger Eye Hybrid)
Okra
Clemson Spineless (1)
 








Cucumber
Merlin Hybrid
(2)
+ 2 bean









Corn (4)









Corn (4)









Cucumber
Homemade Pickles
(2)
+ 2 bean
 








Nasturtium
Calendula
Marigold
+ 2 bean









Corn (4)









Corn (4)









Borage
+ 2 beans

 







Grey Zucchini Squash

 







Corn (2)
+ calendula or marigold









Corn (2)
Nasturtium









Grey Zucchini Squash
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Post  OhioGardener 1/8/2023, 5:47 pm

The placement of plants looks good for the most part.  The only suggestion I would have is to forget about companion planting - it really doesn't make much difference in the scheme of life.  We don't know the direction of the sun on the boxes, but one of the considerations you must consider is the larger plants shading other plants.

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Post  sjustman 1/8/2023, 6:30 pm

OhioGardener, Thanks for your response.  I did forget to mention the box direction.  The boxes are side by side with the top rows being on the north side.  I've read some conflicting things on growing tomatoes.  Mel's book suggests 1 tomato per square, but then some of the gardening apps suggest 1 plant per 4 squares...and I've read not to place them together.  I agree about the taller plants shading the smaller ones so I'm open to ideas for what works well with tomatoes that has a similar height.  There is so much information to take in and decipher that it can be quite paralyzing, which is one of the reasons I've had such trouble coming up with a layout.   Very Happy
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Post  sanderson 1/9/2023, 1:43 pm

Sjustman,  I would forgo the flowers this first year and concentrate on just growing 32 sq. ft. of veggies.  If you end up with an empty square  Razz , then stick a marigold in it.  Spring 2023 Garden layout 274447

Merlin hybrid cucumber is a vining plant so it should be planted on the north trellis.

Spacemaster cucumber is a 2-3' bush variety and may be fine with just a tomato cage to climb..
Homemade Pickles is also a bush variety.

Bodacious tomato appears to be a shorter, bush type.
4th of July tomato is a bush variety.
Napa Grape Hybrid large bush so front row 4 squares

Brandywine Pink is an indeterminate and should be planted on the north trellis.
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Sunflower and okra are both 1 per sq ft.  I'm guessing you are still deciding which to plant.  I have read that sunflowers are competitive (don't know if that's a myth).  Maybe this year you could go with okra in a veggie bed.  They both are tall and need the north side or west side, but do not need a trellis.  But, by putting a trellis on both beds opens up options for the next planting season.

The zucchini are bed hogs and need 9 square feet or 4 front corner squares each.

In summary, plants that need the north trellis are Brandywine, Merlin hybrid cucumber, and beans, if they are a vining (tall) variety.

Plants that need the north end or west side are okra and sunflowers.  

Peppers can be on the south side or west side.

I didn't include the oregano and basil but when you are firmed up, you can figure out where to stick them. If oregano is an annual in your area, no problem.  If it is a perennial, you may want to put it in a separate pot so it doesn't invade other squares.  It's part of the invasive mint family.

I scratched out this plot plan so you can get a visual of how 4 of the selected plants take up 16 squares, or half of the beds.  I gave you 2 trellised squares for the Brandywine for your first year to learn about growing to just the main stem, and maybe one daughter/sucker.

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