I was not sure if I was going to have a garden this year. I did some reading online and discovered Square Foot Gardening. I was very inspired by it and decided that it was what I wanted to do.
I had my husband make me a couple of 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 and 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 after I did that. I then figured out what I wanted to plant. Since I had 32 squares to work with I was able to plant quite a few different things.
I decided to go with tomatoes, peppers, carrots, peas, strawberries, lettuce, radishes, sunflowers and broccoli. I used a natural commercial fertilizer and worried less about toxic chemicals. I bought all of the seeds and planted some inside and others outside. I made sure to figure out when the best time to plant them was based on what type of vegetable or flower it was.
I started this two months ago and I am very happy 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 little bunny rabbit got into my garden and ate most of them. I was really upset about that. I decided to get a fence installation from this fencing services for around the gardens so that it won’t happen again and to make sure that the area looked perfect, I decided to do some quick fence painting to add some new color.
I am very happy I decided to start square foot gardening this year. It has been pretty easy for me to grow things. I never thought I would have this much growth in my garden, but everything started coming together. I even decided to decorate my garden with a little stone path and some decorative wooden birdhouses to see if we would get any visitors.
I am already planning what I want to plant in the summer for the fall. I am doing my research so I get it right. I do wish I had started some seeds earlier than I did in the spring.
I hope to have a good fall harvest as well. It doesn’t get too cold here until November so I am hoping that is enough time. It will be great to be able to grow things until then.
I told my friend about the way I have been gardening and she decided to do it too. She is having a lot of success as well. It is great to be able to talk to her about it.
I don’t think I will ever go back to row gardening. I just love the square foot gardening and it really works. I can grow amazing plants right in my own backyard.