27 October 2008
Square Foot Gardening
Earlier, I reviewed Mel Bartholomew's Square Foot Gardening. Apparently, Bartholomew wrote a revised edition a couple of years ago that I was able to get my hands on. I liked the original, but All New Square Foot Gardening is far better. It's less technical and more importantly for me, it simplifies the process of gardening even more. We have yet to harvest anything, but the process in building our garden has excited our green thumbs. For documentation purposes (and if anyone is interested in building their own--there are ways to do it even if you live in an apartment without any land), here is how we went about building our square foot garden.
Building the planter (the book touches briefly on planters, but it focuses on building the gardens lower to the ground). Even though it requires extra watering, we prefer a planter since we're trying to sell our house and don't want to make ourselves less marketable.
Drilling drainage holes
Spacing of drainage holes
Mixing up 5 types of compost
Combining (in equal parts) compost, peat moss, and coarse vermiculite
Do you see that school on my shirt? Bill and Melinda Gates just visited and observed the teachers there (which is where I work). Cool, huh?
Soaking the seeds
Getting the seedlings started
Hopefully more to come.