Anna cooks a lot for me. And often times(like every dinner), she makes things with fresh vegetables. In my never ending quest to save money, we thought it would be fun to have our own garden. I talked to a guy at my work, who I knew had a garden, for advice on the initial set-up, and he told me about square-foot gardening. Thanks James!
James went on to explain that square-foot gardening (SFG) was developed by a former engineer, Mel Bartholomew, in an effort to make gardening as efficient as possible. Perfect for my personality and the small plot of land we call home.
So two Saturdays ago (April 14, 2012) we went all in.
Anna and I went to Pike's to get seeds, dirt and this book that explains SFG in great detail.
|Nice carrots, Mel!|
This book is about 3"x5", 62 pages, and contains everything you need to know about creating a successful SFG. It ran about $5.
We used some old boards, from the fence that used to contain the bamboo, that I cut to four feet. We used a total of 8 boards because we wanted to make it about 12" high.
|The start of our SFG!|
|Note: the screws were too long...|
|So I used the dremel tool to cut them off|
It's hard to grow anything in a 4'x4' wooden box without dirt, so we created "Mel's Mix". The reasoning for this soil mixture is explained in great detail in the book. Basically it provides necessary nutrients, holds yet drains (?) water, and is loose enough for roots to easily grow.
|1/3 Peat Moss|
|1/3 Compost (Mel suggests your own if you can, or at least a variety of composts)|
|Vermiculite (this is some sort of crushed stone or something)|
|All mixed up|
|"I love shoveling!"|
|16 amazing square feet of life sustaining goodness.|
4 Yellow Squash
Mel also mentioned pre-soaking your seeds, so we read online how long to soak them.
|Toby Keith would be jealous of all the red solo cups.|
At the time of this blog post, almost everything has sprouted and they are growing fast. We'll update again when we harvest some! And if you visit us on the right day, maybe you can pick your own vegetable from the garden and Anna can make it into something delicious!!