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caterscaters Posts: 8
I have grown maples for 3 years and 1 of them had an injury to the bark but it did not go into that growing part so it could heal itself and it did. However I haven't grown fruits or veggies or herbs or grains and I want to grow all those since my mom and I are pretending to be on this new earth. I found out the minimum distance between plants for the standard grown from seed fruits and veggies and here they are:
Apple: 30 ft
Orange: 25 ft
Lemon and Lime: 8 ft
Blueberry: 5 ft
Raspberry: 2 ft
Blackberry: 4 ft
Strawberry: 1 ft
Cherry: 10 ft(this works for both sweet and sour)
Grape: 6 ft
Asparagus, cabbage, broccoli, and cucumber: 1 ft
beets: 5 in
green beans, leeks, and sweet potato: 6 in
carrots, garlic, and shallots: 4 in
cauliflower and eggplant: 1.5 ft
celery and peppers: 10 in
corn and lettuce: 8 in
onion: 2 in
peas and radishes: 1 in
potato: I don't know, perhaps same as sweet potato
pumpkin: 16 in
tomato: 15 in

Now I have a few questions.
1) What are the minimum distances between plants of these herbs and grains:
2) My momma and I want a bountiful harvest of all of these so what is the minimum number of plants of each type I need?

3)Do I even need to take the maximum into consideration?


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,537

    Where do you live?  How much space do you have to grow plants in?

  • caterscaters Posts: 8

    I live in memphis Tennesee which is in zone 7 and has a last frost in the 3rd week of march. I have lots of space.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,537

    What sort of soil do you have?



  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,752

    I have to say, I've never heard anyone ask the planting distance of wheat and oat on a gardening forum. I eagerly await a reply to that one.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,537

    How many hectares/acres/square metres of land?

    How much rainfall do you get each year? and in what seasons?


  • caterscaters Posts: 8

    It is a neutral pH which a lot of plants tolerate. It is a loam soil as far as texture is concerned.

  • caterscaters Posts: 8

    I get about average rainfall. I get it in spring, summer, fall, and sometimes winter but especially in spring and summer. I have about 5 acres because of how I am in the more country part of the city. Considering how I want a bountiful harvest of all the plants in that list 5 acres should be pretty good.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,537

    With five acres ,  see if you can obtain a copy of  "the self sufficient gardener' by John Seymour. You should be able to get it from amazon.

    It sounds like you should be able to grow a lot more than we can in England.

    Good Luck. I hope you achieve your dream.

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Considering the humidity you get over there, just make sure your herbs are in well drained soil, the combination of heat and dryish soil is perfect for herbs.

  • Kevin daleKevin dale Posts: 135

    My advice to anybody gardening would be start early morning when most people are still in bed its great really spiritual I start work at 6am believe me its great early morning either in your garden or allotment 

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