Organic Tomato “Heirloom Stupice” photo: Renee’s Garden
“I’m looking for some bush type cucumbers and green beans. My community garden is small and last year my cucumbers took over. This year I want to start with multiple color potatoes and Bush green beans.
Question: best place to buy? Where to look? Best tomato plants? My tomatoes last year were way to big. Looking for the old fashion bush type plants that produce without getting six feet tall.”
The 4×8 raised bed can produce a lot more food than you imagine. Because the cost of shipping and handling can be more costly than the seed you ordered, I’m sticking mainly with one seed company.
First, here are my suggestions for the crops you said you want to grow.
- Potatoes – Try these small patch potatoes from Renee’s Garden. If you are ordering onion starts or seed potatoes, do it very soon for best choice. Renee’s Garden
- Bush green beans – Seeds you can find locally at big box store or garden center. Plant a few seed every 2 or 3 weeks for a continuous supply of fresh green beans. Don’t plant them all at once unless you are planning to can or freeze green beans.
Mascotte dwarf plants, 6″ long, thin green beans. Photo: Patsy Bell Hobson
Mascotte – dwarf, 16-18″ tall plants. Continuous yield of crisp, medium green skinny, stringless 6″ long beans. 50 days. New. AAS Winner. Harris Seed or Jung Seed
Blue Lake – long time home gardeners have probably grown this old favorite. 6 -6 1/2” pods mature early and all at once. 58 days. Heirloom. Renee’s Garden, Harris Seed, Jung Seed
- Tomatoes – Plants you might find locally at big box store or garden center. Space plants 2 feet apart
Celebrity – Compact plants produce heavy yields of medium sized tomatoes on disease-resistant plants. 75 Days. AAS Winner.
Jet Star – An indeterminate, 4′ – 5′ tall plants produce big yields of low acid, bright red 8 – 9 ounce fruits. 72 days. Heirloom.
- Cucumber – Consider adding a trellis for long straight cucumbers that take up little ground space. Or grow bush cucumbers.
Cucumbers photo: Renee’s Garden.
“Bush Slicer” – disease resistant, dwarf bushes, produce 6 to 8″ long fruits. Keep picked for continued production of tender, crisp, sweet fruit. Cut cucumbers – do not twist fruits from plants. Renee’s Garden
More suggestions for a small space gardens.
You will have room for more vegetables by choosing the plants ment for small space or container gardens.
- Squash – bush type varieties of summer squash are easier to see, watching for size.
Container grown zucchini is easy to pick. Check every other day to keep squash size in control. photo: Renee’s Garden.
“Astia” zucchini – French bush variety perfect for small space gardens. Non-rambling, early bearing and productive. Renee’s Garden
- Turnips – Plant in both spring and fall.
“Mikado” turnips, Japanese baby globe-shaped roots with white flesh and mild flavor. Nutritious tops make fine cooked greens. Renee’s Garden
Before you plant these seed, there is plenty of time to plant lettuce, spinach radishes, green onions in the space where tomatoes and peppers will be planted after the ground is warmed enough, 50° F.
Also, you can plant peas, bush snow peas or spring peas.
Companion plant Italian basil near tomato plants. photo: Patsy Bell Hobson
Add Herbs. Buy a few starter herb plants to tuck into empty spaces. 2 or 3 parsley, 1 basil, 1 dill.
When your tomatoes are in full production, use the tomatoes and parsley to make Tabouli. Add dill to vinegar and marinate cucumbers. Sprinkle torn basil leaves over tomato slices or stir into tomato sauce.
The Owasso Community Garden consists of 34 – 4 x 8 raised bed gardens, 15 of which are American Disabilities Act beds, located south of the Community Center in Owasso, Oklahoma. Facebook
I am starting container grown tomatoes from seed.
My small space tomato choices:
Stupice – richly flavored fruits on 5′ vines. Great tasting 2” fruits and perfect for container growing or small space gardens. From the Czech Republic, pronounced ”Stu petes”. (Stupice may win the neighborhood first tomato contest.)
Super Bush. photo: Renee’s Garden
Super Bush – Continuous producer of 5 ounce fruits on 3 foot tall plants. Good choice for containers and small gardens. Hybrid, disease resistant.
Both tomato varieties are from Renee’s Garden
← This is the photo that convinced me to grow Super Bush.
BUILD A BED
Use concrete blocks to build a raised bed. Quick, easy, lasts forever. Grow a theme garden. This one is a spaghetti sauce garden.
A 4′ x 4′ raised bed is big enough to grow enough produce to make fresh spaghetti sauce and freeze or can a few jars for winter.
Build a spaghetti sauce theme garden in a 4′ x 4′ concrete block raised bed.