Well, the interesting part about this is: Veggies will grow in small and large patches but they like specific company along the way. For example: I planted garlic, onions, carrots, radish, radicchio and swiss chard in a box. The garlic, onion and radicchio love each over very much and will insist growing and being friends. However, the swiss chard does not like to live next to Mr garlic, it will stunt and shy away from any growth. Carrots will germinate very slowly in a half shaded area next to garlic and the beets just don't care who is next to them, they just want to extend out as much as they can.
So, I got an important lesson from this. Plant at least 4 squares of the same crop in the same box. If you have leafy greens, plant with other leafy greens. If you have roots, plant with other roots. Variety is very nice but sometimes the neighbors try to 1-up each other.
So, next planting session, I will have:
- At least 60 strawberry plants in the same boxes, no variety.
- 4 Lettuce, 4 swiss chard and 4 spinach in the same box.
- Radish, beets, carrots in the same box.
- Tomatoes on their own
- Bush beans on their own.
- Flowers are best kept out of the box. They can look nice in the box but they just take space and attract unwanted bugs.