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I have a 5X10 spot in our community garden, so far I have planned it out using the Kitchen Garden Planner and the Square Foot method, I was just wondering if this will be the most efficient way to grow and utilize most of the space that I have??
That's a tough one as it really depends on a number of factors: who you're feeding, what they like, your climate, etc. The good thing about the planner is that it does really help you visualize all the different ways you can fill up a garden and the tough trade-offs involved. Any one else want to chime in with some other thoughts for Rusto?
You may already be considering this, but think vertical, build trellises for cucumbers, winter squash, tomatoes, etc.
I agree with going vertical ....
Leaf vegetables can grow much closer to each other when kept small by picking leaves once a week or so.Greater yield and more kitchen friendly.Also: if You don't have space,venture into time>>season extension. Most important in very small gardens I find choosing the right crops: fast growing and continuously yielding.
I agree with antonis. I use the method (French Intensive) in How To Grow More Vegetables by John Jeavons. I interplanted lettuce and spinach in late February and am now harvesting the leaves for salads several times a week. Because the plants grow closer together, there are fewer weeds, too. I grew cucumbers and summer squash on trellises last year--worked really well.
Thank you everyone for all your helpful input!! I'll be sure to keep it in mind when the garden finally opens, hopefully sometime later this week.



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