I was not certain that I was going to have a garden this year. I did some reading on the internet and discovered Square Foot Gardening. I became very inspired by it and decided that it was what I wanted to do.
I had my husband make me a few boxes. We did two 4 feet by 4 feet boxes. He made a grid out of rope for me so that each box had 16 squares. Each square is one square foot.
After that I went about getting my soil ready. I made a big batch of it. I used 1/3rd compost. I found a few different sources for that. One was mushroom, one cow then one chicken. I then used 1/3rd Peat Moss and 1/3rd Vermiculite. Using all of this is the best way to be able to grow plants.
I mixed it altogether and put it in my beds. I thought it looked great once i did that. I then identified what I wanted to plant. Since I had 32 squares to work with I was able to plant a good number of various things.
I decided to go with tomatoes, peppers, carrots, peas, strawberries, lettuce, radishes, sunflowers and broccoli. I bought all of the seeds and planted some inside as well as others outside. I made sure to figure out when the best time to plant them was based on which kind of vegetable or flower it was.
I started this two months ago and I’m thrilled with the results. We have already been able to eat some of our harvest. The lettuce has been ready for a while now and we just pick it as we want to eat it. The peas are almost done and the tomatoes just need to turn red.
The radishes didn’t make it. A small bunny rabbit got into my garden and ate a lot of them. I was really upset about that. I made a decision to build fences around the gardens so that it won’t happen again.
I’m very happy I decided to start square foot gardening this year. It has been pretty easy for me to grow things. I never imagined I would personally have this much growth in my garden.
I’m already planning what I want to plant during the summer time for the fall. I’m doing my research so I understand it properly. I do wish I had started some seeds sooner than I did in the spring.
I am hoping to have a good fall harvest as well. It doesn’t get too cold here until November therefore i am hoping that is sufficient time. It will be great to be able to grow things for the time being.
I told my good friend about the way I’ve been gardening and then she decided to do it too. She’s having a lot of success also. It is great to be able to talk to her about it.
I do not think I will ever go back to row gardening. I just love the square foot gardening plus it actually works. I can grow amazing plants right in my own backyard.