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Plot advice
« on: March 03, 2013, 00:44 »
I'm going to have a very compact space to garden in, and I'm a bit of a newbie, so I'd appreciate some feedback on my first plot plan!



Basically, the main bed is about 1m x 3m (I messed up the scale a bit).

Thank you!



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Re: Plot advice
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2013, 07:54 »
Rhubarb and courgettes can be big plants, so you might want to think about whether they're the most efficient use of your space. Not sure about asparagus - my allotment neighbour's asparagus is quite extensive and he doesn't get great yields so you might be disappointed with the amount you get.

I would go for the biggest yield given the small space you have. Maybe try some yellow carrots, turnips, spinach etc.

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Re: Plot advice
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2013, 08:33 »
I agree absolutely, all three can quite easily take up all that space - and more - on their own.

Do a forum search on "square foot gardening". There are several threads on it and you'll get some good ideas.
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Re: Plot advice
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2013, 11:32 »
Ah, OK.... I had chosen them because we love them. I might try rhubarb in a pot instead.

Thanks!

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Re: Plot advice
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2013, 13:54 »
Rhubarb roots go very deep and it does not always do well in a pot, even a very big one tbh

You could plant it in the corner of the garden perhaps, or on the end of your raspberry row maybe?
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Re: Plot advice
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2013, 16:19 »
Which way does the plot face -  for the sun? 
If the plum tree is at the north end you would be OK. 

Raspberries need all the sun they can get.  So check that they aren't shaded if you can avoid it.

Sometimes my plants grow despite, not because of, what I do to them.

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Re: Plot advice
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2013, 18:46 »
i feel that with all the permanent crops you are planning, then they will take over you plot completly. personally i dont like growing raspberrys etc in the size of plot we have, cos thet always end up an overgrown mess, with great clumps of roots...thats why i spent yesterday digging out old raspberry roots, i more patch to go..if you like carrots, peas, beetroot, beans onion etc then i feel you will realise that you could fill up your patch tenfold with this sort of veg...however its your plot, and if you want raspberries, asparagus etc then go for it :)..good luck

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Re: Plot advice
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2013, 12:12 »
Can I just ask, you seem to have a heck of a wide path there between the beds, can't you extend them a bit?

As far as rhubarb is concerned it can take up a lot of space once it gets established.

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Re: Plot advice
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2013, 12:23 »
personally i dont like growing raspberrys etc in the size of plot we have, cos thet always end up an overgrown mess, with great clumps of roots...thats why i spent yesterday digging out old raspberry roots

Is it possible to contain raspberry roots in some way to prevent them spreading? I would like to grow raspberries but don't want to end up with something that spreads like brambles!

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Re: Plot advice
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2013, 12:49 »
personally i dont like growing raspberrys etc in the size of plot we have, cos thet always end up an overgrown mess, with great clumps of roots...thats why i spent yesterday digging out old raspberry roots

Is it possible to contain raspberry roots in some way to prevent them spreading? I would like to grow raspberries but don't want to end up with something that spreads like brambles!

Thanks
I believe they are quite shallow rooted from what Ive read, so edging sunk around the beds will stop them. I'm not 100% how deep you'd need to do it.
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