A little free space, what can I plant there?

MelissaHess(5)June 11, 2012

I have a little space in the garden that is bare right now. It's next to my zucchini and squash plants, and so I've got enough room for a couple more of those...but I wanted to try something else. Any suggestions of something to grow similar in size to those, so fairly compact, that I could plant this late and still get something out of? I'm in west central Illinois...zone 5.

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Are you being realistic about how much room the squash plants will take up? I always underestimate. What about kale? It can get pretty bushy. I grew lacinato last year. I planted gilfeather turnips in mid-June last year and they did fine.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 6:44AM
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hamiltongardener(CAN 6a)

Radishes are quick, you could harvest them before the squash takes over the space.

Lettuces could be picked from between the squash leaves.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 9:21AM
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Radishes and lettuce won't do well seeded in hot weather, if the OP is having it now. Is there enough space for a little patch of corn?

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 9:34AM
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Maybe bush cukes or an early bush melon?

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 12:42PM
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The heat and current drought we are having isn't good for lettuce...a few of my squash have reached full spread and I've planted them before, so I know how big they get. I have a lot of cukes already and I live in sweet corn country...but maybe some radishes! Also, I don't have a lot of plant shops around me that carry odd/non traditional plants, so I don't have much selection. Kale might be good, if I can find a kale plant to buy! Thanks for the advice!!!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 12:47PM
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Beans would be good to plant about now.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 1:26PM
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You could do some beets. I would like to try some beets myself! My neighbors have beets growing in their garden now and also radishes. Maybe you could do horseradish if you like that sort of thing!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 1:27PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Is there room for a teepee of climbing beans? Small foot print but lots of vertical growth. You could direct sow half a dozen beans and they'd be up in no time if it's warm where you are.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 1:28PM
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