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does anyone have any allotment/ vegetable planting advice they can give me? I have a small patch in my garden (~6m2) by a fence with ~6-8 hours of full sun in the summer and it is a clay soil. Ive been adding some mulch to rot in over winter and I want to grow potatoes, onions, tomatoes, brassicas and some other stuff and want to know how best to make use of the small amount of space to get a good and healthy yield


zylphide -

this got kinda long i'm sorry, i'm a plant biologist jksdfsd

clay soil is dense and needs to be aerated somehow to introduce air into the soil and improve drainage. mulching might be enough, but i would look into it some more to make sure.

certain plants HATE being planted next to each other, for a variety of reasons. either they produce compounds that another plant can't tolerate, or they attract similar/the same pests and you'll get a horrible infestation that hurts both plants. (look up companion planting and maybe allelopathic plants if you want more details)

recommendations for the plants you've listed:

  • planting tomatoes next to onions

  • do NOT plant potatoes and tomatoes together, they're both Solanaceae and attract the same pests

  • planting brassicas next to onions or potatoes

  • some brassicas do not do well with other brassicas (ex: cabbage hates broccoli and cauliflower, lettuce hates broccoli), look up more details depending on which brassicas you're interested in

  • some brassicas do not do well with tomatoes (ex: kohlrabi)

since your available space is not that big, i'm not sure you can follow all the reccomendations and still plant all the crops that you want. you can definitely try, but i'm not sure if you can space antagonistic plants far enough apart to avoid the adverse effects.

each plant has its own reccommended spacing between rows. bigger plants will generally need more space.

to grow potatoes, you probably want to grow them "upwards." idk how to properly explain it, but the potato part of a potato plant is actually a modified stem, so what you want to do to get more potatoes out of the plant is to plant the initial tuber into the ground. after that, as the plant grows taller, you need to add more soil around the stem. you can use something like a canvas bag with holes cut into it to keep the soil in place (the holes are to check the tuber growth status/harvest the tubers). this vertical farming helps to maintain empty space for other plants.

highly reccomend any kind of tomato cage for tomatoes to grow on, which may take up some extra space depending on the type of cage you buy.


marpleblarp -

oh wow!! thank you so much!!! This is so so helpful to me. Ive been mulching to try and improve the structure as much as possible through earthworms and mycelial systems. Ive had a lot of issues where tiling the soil hasnt been effective as it compacts easily after heavy rain so im hoping the improved organic content and healthier bioshere could help out, or at least help with moisture retention in hot weather.

Thank you so much for the tips for which plants to put together. Ive attached my current garden plan that I made a few days ago and it appears to match up quite well with what youve suggested mostly by accident ahaha.
It was mostly designed around plant growing season length and how much sun they need/ how heat tolerant they are. I know potatoes and such prefer cooler conditions so keeping them at the back I think could help protect them from any hot spells in the summer.

I plan to grow broccoli and brussel sprouts next to each other although this is subject to change - im thinking of netting it to avoid cabbage butterfly issues.

Im hoping to companion plant tomatoes with carrots as ive heard carrots can improve tomato yields. Im not expecting any edible carrots with my soil but it could be cool to try.

Id really love to know what you think of what ive planned so far and how I can improve :)

OOh ive heard about potato bags!! We tried some in ground potatoes with some hilling and some potatoes in grow bags and the floor potatoes did a lot better - I think they just had more access to nutrients and space. Honestly im a little embrarrassed that I just now know what a tomato cage is. We got given some tomato plants last summer and abused them a lot to the point that they mostly trailed on the ground in bushes so that will be so so helpful this summer :D

Again, thank you so much for all your help and going in to detail - I appreciate it so much

P.S - does anyone have any tips for diverting slugs? I dont really have the heart to murder them all but they are a real pain when smaller plants are establishing and this garden gives them a lot of hiding spots


zylphide -

not sure if i'd recommend planting broccoli with broussel sprouts. they need the same nutrients, which means theyr'e in competition with each other.

so looking at your plan, the main problem i see is the peas/beans near the onion. onions stunt the growth of peas/beans, so you would need to make some changes. i would reccomend swapping the cucmbers and the onions - onions are good companions for leeks, and cucumbers are good companions for peas/beans. peas/beans also hate leeks so there's that. plus you can use the tomato cages to help the cucumbers grow.

rhubarb is.... scary....

not because it's hard to take care of, but because sometimes they become Too Strong and you can't get rid of it.... also it grows h u g e so i'm not sure the small space you set up is enough for more than like... 1 plant. (people have forced rhubarb to grow in the dark and it grows so fast it makes like popping noises and i don't like that)

tomatoes also don't like hot temperatures (they're in the same family as potatoes), they like temps around 70F (21C), and while they won't die at higher temps, their growth will stall.

other than that everything else looks good

no clue on how to get rid of slugs though rip


lina -

unfortunately the only thing that works long term for slugs is murder.

i was squeamish for a few years but when dad went on vacation and left snail security to me i had to get over that fast. get a headlamp and a shovel and go out every night a couple hours after sundown and cut them in half. we usually get around 30-200 a night.

you can also set up traps with beer or something else they like but that's a slimy mess to take care of after tbh.

if you see any eggs (july-oct is mating season, at least where i live) then salt everything.


marpleblarp -

ahhh thank you again! Okay so I will mix up the broccoli with something else and switch the onions and cucumbers in my plan so that is good.

The rhubarb has been there for 2 years and it is just the one crown so I sorta know its abilities so far. Plus its stems have been promised to multiple families on our road so if it wants to go wild I would not mind ahahah.

Also some of the tomatoes might be growing near where two store bought potatoes got sick last year and I just realised that could be bad if they are the same family?? It looks like the potatoes last year got a leaf virus but it didnt affect the roots or tubers so idk if it could affect any tomatoes I grow there???

Ahh I guess it is slug murder then. Im going to try some copper tape if I can to see if that stops them but otherwise im going to have to get used to slug morder. Tbh we have a few resident frogs and I wish they would eat slugs more. Pull their own weight and whatnot aha


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marpleblarp reblogged lina
marpleblarp -

does anyone have any allotment/ vegetable planting advice they can give me? I have a small patch in my garden (~6m2) by a fence with ~6-8 hours of full sun in the summer and it is a clay soil. Ive been adding some mulch to rot in over winter and I want to grow potatoes, onions, tomatoes, brassicas and some other stuff and want to know how best to make use of the small amount of space to get a good and healthy yield


naiad -

I don't have any advice but boosting in case anyone else has any tips?


lina -

i don't really have a lot of advice either. but regarding potatoes you'll want to not plant them in the same spot two years in a row. so start them in one end, then the other, then the middle of the plot and then back in the first spot. if there's space i'd even rotate them over 4 years. and potatoes like depth so dig deep :)


marpleblarp -

Ahhhh thank you so much!! I will keep this in mind! we tried growing some potatoes from the store last summer as we couldnt get seed potatoes with the lockdown but they did badly and got some sort of foliage virus so rotating sounds like a very good plan (and sticking to seed potatoes this year). Thank you for your advice!!


marpleblarp reblogged zylphide
marpleblarp -

does anyone have any allotment/ vegetable planting advice they can give me? I have a small patch in my garden (~6m2) by a fence with ~6-8 hours of full sun in the summer and it is a clay soil. Ive been adding some mulch to rot in over winter and I want to grow potatoes, onions, tomatoes, brassicas and some other stuff and want to know how best to make use of the small amount of space to get a good and healthy yield


zylphide -

this got kinda long i'm sorry, i'm a plant biologist jksdfsd

clay soil is dense and needs to be aerated somehow to introduce air into the soil and improve drainage. mulching might be enough, but i would look into it some more to make sure.

certain plants HATE being planted next to each other, for a variety of reasons. either they produce compounds that another plant can't tolerate, or they attract similar/the same pests and you'll get a horrible infestation that hurts both plants. (look up companion planting and maybe allelopathic plants if you want more details)

recommendations for the plants you've listed:

  • planting tomatoes next to onions

  • do NOT plant potatoes and tomatoes together, they're both Solanaceae and attract the same pests

  • planting brassicas next to onions or potatoes

  • some brassicas do not do well with other brassicas (ex: cabbage hates broccoli and cauliflower, lettuce hates broccoli), look up more details depending on which brassicas you're interested in

  • some brassicas do not do well with tomatoes (ex: kohlrabi)

since your available space is not that big, i'm not sure you can follow all the reccomendations and still plant all the crops that you want. you can definitely try, but i'm not sure if you can space antagonistic plants far enough apart to avoid the adverse effects.

each plant has its own reccommended spacing between rows. bigger plants will generally need more space.

to grow potatoes, you probably want to grow them "upwards." idk how to properly explain it, but the potato part of a potato plant is actually a modified stem, so what you want to do to get more potatoes out of the plant is to plant the initial tuber into the ground. after that, as the plant grows taller, you need to add more soil around the stem. you can use something like a canvas bag with holes cut into it to keep the soil in place (the holes are to check the tuber growth status/harvest the tubers). this vertical farming helps to maintain empty space for other plants.

highly reccomend any kind of tomato cage for tomatoes to grow on, which may take up some extra space depending on the type of cage you buy.


marpleblarp -

oh wow!! thank you so much!!! This is so so helpful to me. Ive been mulching to try and improve the structure as much as possible through earthworms and mycelial systems. Ive had a lot of issues where tiling the soil hasnt been effective as it compacts easily after heavy rain so im hoping the improved organic content and healthier bioshere could help out, or at least help with moisture retention in hot weather.

Thank you so much for the tips for which plants to put together. Ive attached my current garden plan that I made a few days ago and it appears to match up quite well with what youve suggested mostly by accident ahaha.
It was mostly designed around plant growing season length and how much sun they need/ how heat tolerant they are. I know potatoes and such prefer cooler conditions so keeping them at the back I think could help protect them from any hot spells in the summer.

I plan to grow broccoli and brussel sprouts next to each other although this is subject to change - im thinking of netting it to avoid cabbage butterfly issues.

Im hoping to companion plant tomatoes with carrots as ive heard carrots can improve tomato yields. Im not expecting any edible carrots with my soil but it could be cool to try.

Id really love to know what you think of what ive planned so far and how I can improve :)

OOh ive heard about potato bags!! We tried some in ground potatoes with some hilling and some potatoes in grow bags and the floor potatoes did a lot better - I think they just had more access to nutrients and space. Honestly im a little embrarrassed that I just now know what a tomato cage is. We got given some tomato plants last summer and abused them a lot to the point that they mostly trailed on the ground in bushes so that will be so so helpful this summer :D

Again, thank you so much for all your help and going in to detail - I appreciate it so much

P.S - does anyone have any tips for diverting slugs? I dont really have the heart to murder them all but they are a real pain when smaller plants are establishing and this garden gives them a lot of hiding spots


does anyone have any allotment/ vegetable planting advice they can give me? I have a small patch in my garden (~6m2) by a fence with ~6-8 hours of full sun in the summer and it is a clay soil. Ive been adding some mulch to rot in over winter and I want to grow potatoes, onions, tomatoes, brassicas and some other stuff and want to know how best to make use of the small amount of space to get a good and healthy yield


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persephone -

i was supporting in an art class the other week and they were learning how to etch with acetate, so i decided to give it a try too :D


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kanaya-maryam -

the Juminos did it!!

[this was his previous desk]


flowerfemme -

That previous setup just. A mood.


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did I track down a bathroom trolley that was out of stock elsewhere and didn't come in any colours I like and spray paint it over the course of several days so that I could have a gorgeous gold 'to be read' shelf? of course I did πŸ“šβœ¨


lina -

ooohhh that looks so nice!


hi yes hello this is my arm now πŸ₯°πŸ˜


persephone -

my bf is physically incapable of minding his own business in video games so watching him play gta online has a 70% chance of producing pure comedy gold


marpleblarp -

smh dont @ me like this without including such memorable moments as "back attack", "triple tornado attack" and "harass subway npcs with your bike bell" smhing my head


guys, i know this might be a long shot but please, if you have even a little, i am begging that you consider helping out my local animal trust. they:

  • provide subsidised veterinary care to pets for those of us who can’t afford normal vet fees, but who also earn β€˜too much’ to qualify for aid in this area

  • rescue lost, abandoned and wild cats, reuniting and rehoming them wherever possible

  • neuter and chip every possible cat and dog they find with no, or willing owners, to reduce the stray population and protect the welfare of feral colonies

  • respond to animal injury situations and accidents

  • run a sanctuary for cats that are difficult to rehome for a variety of reasons, feral, or semi-feral, to live safely in the countryside

they also do so much more that i don't even have off the top of my head, but i do know that without them, we wouldn't have had healthy, happy cats for well over a total of 40 years and counting, or even met one of our cats at all. they do fantastic campaigning and grassroots work and help people and animals who would otherwise fall through the cracks.

their amazon wishlist is here and their website is here. please please share, and if you're in the position to, consider donating even some pennies.


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