Saturday, March 5, 2011

Square Foot Gardening

I have decided to try square foot gardening this year--at least in one bed.  I'm rather intrigued after watching a DVD I borrowed from the library, so I have ordered the book and when it arrives, I'll explain it in a bit more detail.  Basically the idea is to divide your garden bed into square foot grids, and plant like one tomato or 16 spinach or 4 cabbages in that square foot.  The closeness helps choke out the weeds (which I cannot keep up with in our normal beds--not that I try all that hard, to be fair) and it should conserve water as well.  The things I like about it is the ability to try just about anything (I may not want something badly enough to plant a row of them, but I can give up 12 inches to try anything), and that you plant flowers in some of the squares.  I love that.  I love flowers but have very little idea what I am doing, so this will be a flower testing ground for me.  I feel lots of guilt when I kill an entire patch of flowers, but if they don't grow in their little square, I just replant it with something else--no matter what it really looks like.

Okay!  I am NOW ready for spring!!!!!!!


(formerly) no-blog-rachel said...

I've done square foot gardening for years - it's a great way to pack a lot of stuff into a smaller space - and it is definitely a time and resource saver. Have fun!

Abby said...

I am having a hard time picturing a tomato plant in just one square foot of garden. Looking forward to this experiment!

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