Monday, June 15, 2009

We have dirt

As promised, here are some more photos of my square foot garden:

First things first, line the bottomless box with landscape fabric. Staple in place as you go. Make sure there is plenty of slack in the fabric so you can put the dirt in without tearing the fabric. Fill with a combination of organic compost and organic gardeners soil. Mix blood meal in with the top 3 inches of dirt.

Mark your grid off in 1'x1' sections. I used twine so I could maneuver it if needed, but you can certainly make a permanent grid if you prefer.

Plant your crops. And yes, kiddies, these are green beans. In their own little holes, not scattered all over the yard or thrown carelessly down a trough.

Water all your newly planted veggies. Mark each grid square with plastic markers so you know what you planted where.

Add deer netting or chicken wire to the outer posts in order to keep bunnies and deer out of your newly planted garden.

So there it is folks. Planted and ready to go. My crops are: 4 varieties of tomato, 2 varieties of bush cucumbers, sugar snap peas, basil, dill, parsley, carrots, green beans, 2 varieties of lettuce, and arugula. We shall see what happens. I am optimistic. Jon and I are already deciding what to plant next year! Kohlrabi, kale, and garlic are on the list to try.

Here's to you and your culinary adventures, friend. Cheers!

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