Square Foot Gardening book for directions). When I first planted seeds, I covered the cage in plastic using wooden clips to keep it in place. It created a wonderful environment for the seeds to keep moist, warm, and safe from wind and hard rain. It was not much fun to build... chicken wire is not my best friend, I needed a manicure after working with it! I have to build one more cage for my second bed so I can get some warmer weather crops going. I will also have to build some type of support for vining plants, like cucumbers and squash.
swiss chardI have really liked the soil mix I am using. It is called "Mel's Mix" from Square Foot Gardening. It is amazing how long it stays moist, and the texture is just perfect. It is 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite, and 1/3 compost. He gives details about the mix in the book, it is a little pricey up front, but each year you just have to add a bit more compost to your beds, so it is a one time expense. I will be mixing up another 1/2 batch for my tomato, pepper and green bean pots.
So far, so good!!
Any comments, thoughts or advice is appreciated!
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