Saturday, May 12, 2012

Our Square Foot Garden


Last weekend my husband and I decided to start our little home square foot garden. We had been talking for a long time about starting a little home garden. Something we could handle, but something that was more than just a few tomatoes and some herbs.

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So we started doing research last spring, but put it off until it was too late and too hot to start a garden. Luckily, last weekend was nice. The weather was perfect to spend a whole day out in the sun.

Saturday morning, I woke up with the plan to work on some quilt blocks. I got up. Fed the dogs. And went into my sewing room and picked out all the fabric I was going to use. And then my darling husband knocked on the door and asked me to eat breakfast with him. I had a feeling if I left the room before doing the blocks all momentum would be lost, but I joined him anyways. Slowly the conversation made its way to the garden. Hmm, this hadn't been a topic in a while, but it was something we had said we really wanted to do. After much discussion, measuring, researching, searching pinterest, reading books, checking out prices and tracking down supplies; we decided to build a garden following the plan laid out inAll New Square Foot Gardening book. This book made a lot of sense and I like the idea of each square foot being its own little garden.

We bought the wood, had it cut.

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The next morning, Sunday, we built the boxes. Here is my happy husband with creation. BTW power tools and my husband aren't something that happens on a regular basis, but always does a good job when he is finished.

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And then went shopping for all our new little plant friends.

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We followed the recipe for Mel's Mix for the planting medium. After mixing together two batches of this, my arms felt like they were going to fall off. Oh course the wind started up in the middle of mixing it, and stopped right after we were done filling the boxes with the planting medium.

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Of course we had a bit of help.

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Finally, after one long day, as the sun was setting, we planted our garden.

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Awwh...

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Beautiful....

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Now the question is "Will it grow?" Or an even better question is "Can I keep it alive?" 

2 comments:

  1. You will love it! I've been square foot gardening for about 3 years. Mel's mix is wonderful and it will stay that way through the years. I do compost and have added to the garden each year. Keep us posted!

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  2. Sorry so late...your garden looks great! What a fun project you two worked on last weekend. I usually wait about 7-10 days to see if there is new growth to feel like I was successful. "keep it alive"...just make sure you go out into your backyard to water. :)

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