Monday, October 13, 2008

Square foot gardening

Square foot gardening
Originally uploaded by the gladdings
We're trying something new for our Fall garden. Rebecca read an old copy of the gardening guide by Mel Bartholomew and was intrigued by his method: very intentional planting with (supposedly) minimal tending and maximum yield. Sounded good to us, so we ordered the revised edition and planned and planted our two vegetable beds in the backyard. It is a lot of work up front - we have planted 68 square feet with: onions, broccoli, kale, swiss chard, spinach, bok choy, lettuce, carrots, beets, pole beans, quinoa, radishes, nasturtiums and marigolds. We renewed the beds with 2 trunk loads of cow manure we brought back from the ranch - and compost from our bins. We're eager to see if Mel delivers on his promise!

1 comment:

maria said...

I really like SFG; we've followed its guidelines both at our new house and back on Golfview. This year was the first time we did intensive soil prep, but the yields were pretty high. I do think he overestimates the ease of integrating the vertical veggies; next year, we're going to hive them off by themselves.

I hear we'll be seeing you next month -- yippee!!