Square Foot Gardening

Square Foot Gardening Benefits

I read about Mel Bartholomew’s Square Foot Gardening many years ago and thought the planting process was interesting so of course I had to give it a try. Quite a few of the planting principles were ones I had picked up on my own Mel’s process was just more involved and planned out. I particularly liked growing squash and tomatoes vertical, as this is what took up most of my space. My first gardens were very successful although it took a bit...

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Square Foot Gardening – Soil – Part Two

Soil feeds your plants. Without a good soil base your plants will do poorly. They may be thin, have yellow leaves, be more insect prone or just stop growing. Soil differs from location to location. In my zone five area I have clay and rock, plenty of rock! Although the soil is a little high in acid it is very rich in nutrients. But every year I fight the return of rocks and if I make a new garden I am again reminded of how I need to improve my...

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Square Foot Gardening – Organic and Formal Gardening – Part 1

I used to have a garden that was over an acre in size, plus a few small gardens to the side. It took all day to water the gardens and the fun was disappearing. The garden was turning into a chore. photo credit: SDCDeaCerte Then I heard about Square Foot Gardening. It’s a form of gardening where you lay out your garden and plant in square or rectangular shapes. Its purpose is to use less space and less water. It’s great for the city...

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