Wheels and I have been intrigued by the idea of square foot gardening for a long time. With a very early spring, and a schedule that was a little more flexible than usual, we decided this was the year. Wheels and Bytes built three raised garden beds here. Bytes and friend filled them with organic soil, a mix of about 1/3 peat, 1/3 soil and 1/3 compost, here. And I got busy planning.
Square foot gardening requires about 80% less space and produces 5 times more than usual gardening. It uses less water, is all organic, and uses far fewer seeds than traditional gardening The raised bed is divided into one foot square sections that house plants of various sizes. We saw pictures that used string to mark the grid, but didn’t think that very weather worthy. We decided to just mark out the squares in the dirt, on the theory that once the plants were in the ground they didn’t care about the grid.
If you want to grow a large plant like broccoli or cabbage, it takes one entire square foot of that grid. If you want to grow radishes, section that square foot into sixteen separate spaces, each one housing a single radish! This was getting a little complicated. I went online. I looked at several interactive garden planners, then came back to the first one tried — Gardener’s Supply Company. It’s fun to use – easy to change. Drag that radish into a square and it populates it with the correct number. Pop in a green pepper icon and it enlarges to fit the full square. Best of all, you can print a copy to take with you!
I knew one of the four foot beds would be for herbs, like chives and basil. For the other two beds, we made a list of the vegetables we like and that should grow well in our zone. Nothing fancy or complicated. Things like beans, peas, tomatoes, lettuce, kohlrabi and radishes for Wheels, cabbage, beets and green peppers. We chose the ones we knew would grew in cooler weather to plant first, about six weeks before our frost free date. Spring days were unusually warm but night temperatures were still on the cool side. After they were harvested and warmer weather arrived we would plant, summer crops. And then in the fall when it began to cool down, we’d plant cool weather crops again. Three harvests, one season of organic, fresh vegetables from our own garden.
That was the plan.
We made a trip to the garden center.
Our plan quickly began to fall apart.
To Be Continued . . . . here
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