Square Foot Gardening

Sunday, 15. April 2012

I recently decided to get back into gardening. I had previously grown various vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, and various herbs.

This past weekend, I created a 4′ x 12′ x 1′ raised garden bed. I decided to try the “Square Foot Gardening” method, which I have never tried before. This method calls for 6″ of loose, nutrient rich soil and a raised bed divided into 1′ squares, with each square containing a unique crop. As my raised beds are 12″ deep, I used 6″ of semi-composted tree material to fill in the bottom half, and commercial “Mel’s Mix” for the top half.

My current garden contains:

  • Tomatoes (transplants)
  • Bell Peppers (transplants)
  • JalapeƱo Peppers (transplants)
  • Red Chili Peppers (transplants)
  • Carrots (seeds)
  • Radishes (seeds)
  • Green Onions (seeds)
  • Leeks (seeds)
  • Zucchini (transplants)
  • Straightneck Squash (transplants)
  • Rhubarb (bulbs)
  • Garlic (bulbs)
  • Shallots (bulbs)
  • Basil (transplants)
  • Thyme (transplants)
  • Oregano (transplants)
  • Chives (transplants)
  • Cilantro (transplants)
  • Peppermint (transplants)

Some items will be grown in large plastic pots rather than the raised bed as required due to space constraints.

Initial progress pictures: