Last summer, we skipped having a garden (deployed husband, newborn). The year before, same story (deployed husband, baby, pregnant). But the year before THAT (husband home, pregnant) our garden was so fun
So since my husband was coming home, I planted another square foot garden
this year. I posted about it on facebook
(do you “like” my page?) and whatnot, as I was painting the wood, starting seeds, assembling the planters, and so forth. But this is my first blog post about it. Oops.
In a square foot garden
, each plant gets a certain square footage within a raised bed with perfectly mixed soil. The whole thing is very space-efficient and easy to care for.
It's also semi-portable, though the planters won't last forever since you use untreated wood. (We moved our soil and planters from Mississippi to California. Then left it in Hanford when we came to Lemoore, but we will be moving our soil and compost wherever we go next!) which makes it great for military families too – unlike investing lots of money into perfecting the native soil, then having to leave it behind. Yay for square foot gardening
The planter says “sun + soil + water + love.” And so far, everyone seems to be doing pretty well! There are baby zucchinis and squashes, and lots of tomato and cucumber blossoms. My Brussels sprout is getting nibbled a bit but nothing too bad.
And the other garden bed has more goodies. I have been working hard to keep the tomatoes pruned, something I never much worried about before. I'm trying for an efficient single-stem plant that can put all of its efforts into tomato making. We'll see how the experiment goes!
Hello baby zucchini. I am going to eat you. And all of your siblings.
Oh hi, little squash! Did you hear me talking to your cousin over there? No? Good. I mean, nothing.
Keep growing, little one. Just a while longer…
Unfortunately my newspapers-as-weed-blockers under the soil didnt work so well. I should've used cardboard. Or the fabric meant for that. So now I have to weed the garden of grass every few days. Bummer. But could be worse.
What's in your garden? Are you already harvesting? Or was your planting schedule a bit delayed like mine was? Would you ever give square foot gardening a try?