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What do you stick in any free space?

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Post  RoonieRoo 10/5/2010, 9:23 pm

I've noticed that my love of chard has meant that if I have any part of a square that is "free", I will find a way to stick chard in it. It doesn't matter where it is in the garden.

I'm curious what other people will stick into any free space that isn't planned in their SFG. :?:
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Post  Chopper 10/5/2010, 9:28 pm

Garlic. Those I have been putting in corners of used spaces since they don't take up any room. And carrots and beets. I have become a huge fan of borscht this year.
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Post  pattipan 10/5/2010, 9:34 pm

This year it was bush beans. The first three plantings did not come up very well, so whenever a square freed up I planted them there. I do think it was the type of bean (La France, a filet/haricots type bean from Burpee) that was the problem, because they didn't come up well in any square! Mid-summer I switched to Dragon's Tongue beans -- totally different flavor, but we loved them (sauteed in olive oil with shallots and garlic).

Next summer, I'll try a different filet bean and more Dragon's Tongue.

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Post  middlemamma 10/5/2010, 9:36 pm

Free spaces? Whats a "free" space??? :scratch:
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Post  RoonieRoo 10/5/2010, 10:26 pm

middlemamma wrote:Free spaces? Whats a "free" space??? :scratch:
That made me laugh! I hope I can get to where my "plan" is tight enough to not have free spaces.
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Post  acara 10/5/2010, 11:10 pm

Bah ... there is no free space ...blasphemy I say ...LOL
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Post  CarolynPhillips 10/5/2010, 11:39 pm

I would say------carrots and turnip greens-----depending on the time of season.
We eat lots of carrots and I don't mind the bitter flavors. We have sugar.
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Post  chocolatepop 10/6/2010, 12:27 am

I dont really have "free space" but I do have space AROUND other things, there goes onions, radishes, flowers, sometimes borage.
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Post  Blackrose 10/6/2010, 8:17 am

I'm with chocolatepop. I tend to plant things around other things.

For example, when the broccoli was very small, there was a ton of space left in that square to plant radishes around it.
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Post  Old Hippie 10/6/2010, 11:03 am

I don't actually have much FREE space but like Blackrose, I put green onions, radishes and lettuce in lots of places where I know they will be harvested by the time the plants next to them will need the space.

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Post  Garden Angel 10/6/2010, 11:42 am

acara wrote:Bah ... there is no free space ...blasphemy I say ...LOL

too funny ! now I have the giggles, sometimes things just hit you funny.
I agree , and you can never have too many squares!

But I would like to try and address MM's question, legit question ,hopefully legit answer, what I think is meant by free space is , well , you know usually when you plan a box you consider where to put everything according to maybe companion planting or depending on what or how much you want to plant of a certian type or family of a plant, then , also you have to consider the different times they mature and get harvested, so you may have squares that don't get used right away when you start or between harvest. So they may be free or extra that can be used for marigolds or something maybe smaller that needs to fit next to something bigger already established. This is just an example there is no hard and fast rule its your own call ! MM hope this helps and I didn't confuse you too much !
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Post  boffer 10/6/2010, 11:55 am

radishes and spinach

I used to fill-in with beets until one year I went 'DUH, I didn't know we liked beets so much' and started planting many more squares each year.
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Post  ander217 10/6/2010, 11:53 pm

Anything and everything, depending on the season and what seeds I have left.

This year I added carrots, radishes, a couple of extra tomato transplants, chard (none of which survived the rabbits), borage, bush beans, nasturtiums, and lettuce.
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