Thursday, May 14, 2009

Square Foot Gardening

We are attempting to grow some fruits and vegetables again this year. I heard about a system called Square Foot Gardening, and bought the book. We decided it was worth a try, so we bought the supplies and began building. It was a family project, and the kids enjoyed being outside and getting some fresh air.

We began by cutting the boards to the correct length.

Then we screwed them together, and added plywood to the bottom.

We built saw horses to support the boxes, and keep them up off the ground and away from snakes.

Colton and Bryce painted the boxes for us.

We mixed together a special dirt recipe consisting of peat moss, compost, and vermiculite. No weeds!

And then planted our seedlings and seeds.

We will eventually build a trellis to attach to one side to accommodate the tomatoes and other vining plants.

We also started our own compost pile. We dumped our green and brown organic products into the garbage can (after drilling holes in it), and simply roll it around the yard daily.

"The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing." Proverbs 20:4


Melanie said...

That's is great!!! Please take more pics of hte trellis. I'm interested to see how the tomato set up goes.

Beckysblog said...

Can I please join your family for a week and get in on some of this learning!?!?!?!!

Shannon/Jodi said...


Feel free to stop by anytime.

Tomorrow we're focusing on Housecleaning 101, Laundry, and if all goes according to plan, I might just cook a meal from scratch, not the frozen gunk!

Beckysblog said...

Wow, anything from scratch I need to witness. And housecleaning 101 might be a good one for me too. I cant get rid of some ants in my kitchen!