I had heard about the square foot gardening technique previously, but didn't really get into it and lay out my own beds in a similar matter. Instead, I just went big. However, since we had some 6' boards laying around and sort of a dead spot in the middle of the one flat space in my yard, it just seemed like a good place to start.
Yesterday, as good as my word, I spent several hours mixing together peat moss, vermiculite, Eko compost and mushroom compost on an old bed sheet and then shoveling it into the 6' x 6' box we'd made. After evenly moistening the perfect new soil and raking it smooth, I had Eric put in screws every 12" and we wrapped green gardening twine around until we had formed a grid. Then we added a trellis in the row closest to our fence to support vining plants.
At that point, we were ready for planting, but it was almost bed time. However, we didn't let that stop us! Caitlin and I put 3 kinds of carrot seeds in and some romaine seeds in the front section. I have to admit to having garden bed envy - this is perfect soil! It's on perfectly flat ground! It doesn't still need to be cleaned up from last fall because someone was too lazy to do it then!
Oh well. Maybe I'll do better this fall.
While I realize that a normal SFG bed is only 4' x 4' so that you can reach all parts of the grid, I didn't want to have to deal with cutting any boards, so we're just going to have to deal with the 4 difficult to reach squares in the middle. I'll just pop some flowers in there that are low maintenance and not worry about it. Caitlin has big plans for all of the other squares. Here's her list:
- Tomato 'Super Sweet 100'
- Watermelon 'Saguar Baby'
- Green beans
- Snow White
- Cherokee Purple
- Black Krim
- Green Zebra
- Yellow Pear
- Brandywine Red
I'll also plant a load of green beans and basil because we just couldn't get enough of either last year!
How does Caitlin feel about all of these plans and her new garden?
Just remember: it's never too soon to infect your children with a planting obsession!