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keithp2012
West Babylon, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 15, 2013
9:55 PM

Post #9386706

I have about a 4 foot space that I would like to plant a fruit or vegetable plant, it's against a fence. It gets bright light and also shade, soil is more on the moist side but drains well. Any ideas?
seedpicker_TX
(Taylor) Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 17, 2013
7:08 PM

Post #9388706

What zone are you in, and what type of soil(acid or alkaline, or neutral)? Which way does your fence face: north, south, east, or west?

I'd say plant what you really like to eat :0)
keithp2012
West Babylon, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 17, 2013
10:22 PM

Post #9388829

Zone 7a, not sure of soil

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 18, 2013
6:02 AM

Post #9388962

Keith,
The minute you said 4 foot square I thought square foot garden. You can grow up to 12 bean plants in a square foot. About the same number of lettuces in a square foot. Lots of green onions can be grown in a square foot, and if you plant a 1 bush, cherry or grape tomato in (the latter 2 trained up^) you have salad.

Veggies like sun more than shade and need a 6 good hours of sunlight at least. If your soil is moist all the time make sure its not mucky. No veggie thrives in muck and you would want to lighten up the soil with some pine bark fines (very small pine bark, not huge chunks, sometimes sold as a soil amendment), course sand, chopped up oak leaves, perlite etc. Organic matter that creates a lighter and airy atmosphere for good healthy roots.


Good luck and Happy gardening!
keithp2012
West Babylon, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 18, 2013
8:51 AM

Post #9389123

I just mean square shaped, not square foot as in measurements ha ha. Like 4 feet wide, 4 feet long. What about a single eggplant?

The soil isn't soggy it's where a tree was dug out recently and your foot sinks if you step in the soil, so I'd like to fill in the space. It's good nutrients mixed in.

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 18, 2013
9:51 AM

Post #9389183

Better yet! You have 16 square feet. I wasn't thinking was I?...Ha!
1 eggplant can grow in 2 of those square feet and you can plant eggplants 2 feet apart so you could have more then 1! Some plant eggplants closer, but mine tend to bush out a lot and I like to do 2 feet between them so they can be comfortable...
seedpicker_TX
(Taylor) Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 18, 2013
11:52 AM

Post #9389293

zone 7 rules out a tangerine or lemon tree, but you could do a pineapple guava bush. They have gorgeous flowers and wonderful fruit

You could also do a salsa garden: tomatoes in back, peppers & cilantro in front
keithp2012
West Babylon, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 18, 2013
12:07 PM

Post #9389304

Great thanks for the help! I think one eggplant and one small tomato plant variety sound good!

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