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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Megan's Square-foot Garden - Building & Planting

Ok, so you might have noticed that I've changed my plans a little. When I started the seeds a couple months ago I wasn't quite sure where we were moving to or when so I decided to go with a container garden that could be moved easily and grown anywhere. We eventually found our new place and even though we are still leasing the owners of the property said it would be fine with them if we put a garden in. Still, knowing we are only here for one year and not wanting to worry about soil amendment and the like we settled on doing a square foot garden. If you haven't heard of square foot gardening you really should check it out. The basic idea is to grow as much as you can in as little space as possible - which is great for a backyard farmer. Their website is FULL of information as well as the book. Here's a little intro from their site:
How would you like a garden filled with beautiful flowers, fresh herbs and luscious vegetables, all with NO WEEDS and NO HARD WORK? No more heavy digging or all-at-once harvest. Less watering, weeding, and thinning. What's left is a picture perfect garden you will be so proud of. Put yourself in a rocking chair and start your own Square Foot Garden!
We built boxes according the directions and filled it with the soil mixute suggested by the creator of the technique - Mel Bartholomew. The mixture, called Mel's mix, is 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 compost, and 1/3 vermiculite. We then planted our seedlings along with some plants we got from the local nursery - tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, corn & cucumbers. Anyhow, here is the video that will explain it a little bit but if you want the full details on how to garden this way I really suggest you visit the site or check out the book.

1 comment:

Rich said...

We built a square foot garden last year using Mel's book and it turned out great. Good luck!