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Plans for autumn...
I ended up pulling that broccoli.
At least I have some room to walk now.
I read that my zone 5/6 (I'm right on the line) has a little more time to plant for an autumn harvest. I plan to do that this week and coming weekend. Maybe I can get some broccoli after all.
We finally had a weekend of sunshine so I could see where our shade bed will be moved to. It only needs to be moved about 8 feet and, if I have the materials, I can make it larger. I have made plans to change the veggies around a bit next year so there won't be cross pollination among my toms and squash. *fingers crossed*
Since we use cinder-blocks for the border, I plan to use the holes for the carrots and radishes, that way the resident rabbit can't get at them. The plans are all there and drawn out. I just hope that I get enough space. *toes crossed too!*
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Good luck with the fall garden and keeping the rabbits at bay.
Why in the world are you worried about cross pollination between tomatoes and squash?? Two different species will not cross. I plant tomatoes and squash next to each other every year because the bees that love squash flowers will also get the flowers on the tomatoes faster.
Hi Mart. Sorry, I guess I wasn't clear. I have 3 different types of tomatoes and 4 different types of squash, not including watermelons and cucumbers. So I've split out one of my tomatoes, the cucumbers and one of the winter squash into the other garden so those won't cross-pollinate with the others of their kind; plum tomatoes with beefsteak tomatoes, butternut squash with acorn squash or yellow summer squash. That will give me more room to be able to spread the other like kinds further from each other. My gardens are small, so I hope diagonal opposite corners are far enough apart.
They will not cross just being planted next to each other. To keep the from happening you would have to move them a lot farther than that. Most of the pollinating is done by wind and insects. And if they did it only affects the seed. So if they crossed and you saved seed it would show up next year. If the tomatoes are hybrids, they never reproduce the same as the one you bought.
Have you thought of planting Purple Sprouting Broccoli?
Mart, I only buy and plant heirlooms, plant them at opposite corners from the other varieties, with other tall veggies between them in hopes that it will at least minimize any cross pollination.
Wow, it is so pretty. It sounds like it is more reliable although it takes longer to mature. I think I will give it a try next season.