Requesting help with first garden here, spacing etc.
Normally I would do a ton of reading and research and ask for help...I am very methodical and slow in making decsions.
However I am feeling a bit rushed as I just got a community garden plot!
It will be about 20x45 according to the guy who is running it. I actually get my plot tomorrow, Apr 7.
I had a garden years ago when I had a house but it was in a different zone, or maybe technically the same zone but the far northern end vs. the far southern end (southern Michigan vs. southern Oh). I'm in Dayton which is the bottom end of 5b I think (have zones changed in the last few years?) I feel like, especially with this winter, I'm a zone 6.
I had places in MI where I could find a great variety of started plants, no idea here. When to plant, what to plant. All new.
So. My first question is something I had trouble with before.
Setting up the space and plant spacing. For some reason I have trouble with "plant x' apart" Seems simple I get out there and its hard.
I figure to make little paths every X feet for access. I always though 4' per bed? Since my arms are about 24". Does that sound right?
Then for tomatoes...plant ? feet apart or do I gain a space if I offset the plants?
I plan on tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, basil at a minimum. (I call it the gazpacho garden)
Then maybe some beans, peas, garlic (probably order those from Johnny's)
I know I have to buy plants for the tomatoes, peppers, basil and cukes though I was thinking maybe stagger cukes with some from seed too?