My Beginner Square Foot Garden
I recently read the "All New Square Foot Gardening II" by Mel Bartholemew, and I was completely inspired. I love the idea of having a huge, thriving garden, but while we are living in a transitional place, we aren't close to Redemption Square and lots of acreage.
In fact, the area where we live may flood at any time during the year, so we needed a raised garden to protect our plants from possible flood waters in the future.
The more I read about the Square Foot Gardening Method the more this looked like a good answer for now and in the future when we finally get to build on our beloved homestead. There are so many benefits to this method over conventional gardening, and the efficiency of it is fascinating.
Bryan found an old wooden box near our barn that was close to perfect for what I needed, and he built a grid to match it. I ordered seeds online from Seeds for the South, a small company that sold seeds for Zones 7-9, and was very pleased with their economical pricing, fast shipping, and great customer service.
We found all of the resources we needed to make the closest version of Mel's Mix we could at a local feed store. It's a 1:1:1 ratio of Coarse Vermiculite, Peat Moss, and Compost (Cow Manure, Chicken Manure, and Mushroom Compost). The weather has been all over the place so I ordered an inexpensive frost cover off of Amazon to shield my plants from the shifting temperatures and filled up used water bottles with tap water to radiate extra heat at night around my seedlings as they sprung up.
So far, it's been very successful. I have turnips, kale, collard greens, sugar snap peas, and even a few nasturtium coming through the soil. My seedlings aren't coming up in the most exact grid pattern per true SFG style, because I let the kids help me plant. In the end, memories matter more than absolute perfection. Honestly, I am impressed that everything is growing with such little work.
I water the plants by hand daily using a Red Solo cup dipping water out of the 5 gallon blue bucket on the edge of my garden. I keep them covered with the frost blanket right now while they are growing to shield them from the wind and too much sunlight.
It's been very easy to do. Absolutely no weeding has been necessary! If you have ever gardened in Mississippi, that's amazing!
I can't wait to see how well our crops continue to grow. I'll post more updates as our garden grows. The kids are loving our experiment as much as I am. They call them our little "Groots." Haha!