All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space! by Mel Bartholomew. I had a reader (bless her!) tell me about her husband having success with square foot gardening, so I went out to our local library and checked out the book.
I was planning on joining a local community garden, and even had my deposit paid and lot reserved. It was advertised as a "beautiful lot, right next to an old church, with shade and grass for the kids to run around in." Sounds great, huh? Well, they left out the part about being right off an alley, next to a yard full of waste, with a very fierce sounding dog. Not quite the blissful gardening atmosphere I was hoping for, so I asked for my deposit back and decided to have a go at it in my own yard. My back yard is very shaded, so I am limited to growing one side and the front of my house, which is why square foot gardening was appealing.
This short video will tell you all about it
The following photos are not meant to be a tutorial. The book does such an awesome job of that, with many beautiful photos, so if you are interested in doing this, you MUST get the book. My hope is that the following photos will inspire anyone out there that have thought about gardening but felt too overwhelmed by it all. If I can do this, ANYONE can! I have hit some roadblocks, (I am NOT a fan of hardware stores, and have been visiting them often lately) but just kept going.
I'll be keeping you updated on the progress. I started small this year, and do not have big expectations- it is my year to learn! I have already planted onions, spinach, lettuce, carrots, kale and radishes! I have 3 separate pots for tomatoes, a pot and a chain link fence both waiting for vining green beans, and a small strawberry patch looking pretty happy. I have 2 pots out front, one on each side of our porch steps. I usually put pretty flowers in them, but this year they will both have sugar snap pea vines, climbing up bamboo stalks tied together in a teepee shape. Not as pretty as flowers, but is practical and those peas will taste so good!! I will have more garden themed posts to come--what soil mix I used, what I did to keep birds/rabbits/squirrels out, and overall successes and failures as they happen.
Do any of you garden? Have you started yet? What are you growing? Have you done square foot gardening??All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!
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