It’s that time of the year to start planning your garden for spring. There are hundreds of fruits and vegetables to plant in your raised beds this year, and among the most popular are tomatoes and peppers. These plants need a little more care than other veggies, but using raised beds gives you the best chance for success.
The first step to planting these tall plants is to have enough room for the roots in your raised bed. For best growing results, your bed should be at least 12 inches deep, and you will be rewarded if you can offer your plants extra planting depth.
When planting any tall and foliage-heavy plants, it is necessary to stagger the seeds. Pepper plants will need about 15 inches between each seed, where as tomato plants need 10 inches. Two feet between each row should be plenty of room for easy access after the plants reach their mature width.
One thing to keep in mind when growing these tall plants is supporting their height. Building or buying trellises, towers and cages will allow for the plants to grow to their full potential while saving on soil surface space. Trellises provide support for the plants so that they grow taller and wider and therefore produce more vegetables.
These plants, in particular, thrive and yield more crops when planted within close proximity to one another.
Tomatoes and peppers are both from the Allium family and are companion plants, which means they will get bigger and yield more crops when planted near each other. The pros to planting tomatoes and peppers near each other are that they help eliminate various slugs, worms and other pests that commonly feed on this family of plants.
Experiment with other companion plants and reap the many benefits of creating a mutually beneficial growing environment in your raised beds this gardening season!
By: Page Hallock