|My newly planted garden - May 19, 2011|
Last week I shared with you that I have made a real effort to use the vertical space in my garden. Doing this has given me the ability to plant and grow more in the space that I have. This spring I also planted some things using the gardening method called 'square foot gardening'. I'd never heard the words 'square foot gardening' until this spring when I attended a gardening day, but this method is also suppose to maximise utilization of garden space and I'm all for that!
Mel Bartholomew, the creator of the concept of square foot gardening, recommends planting in small raised beds so that you do not have to walk in your garden space. This is a big benefit as you do not have to leave space for walking inside your garden and you do not have to worry about decreased production from compaction in the root zone. While this is a great option for someone who does not have an established garden, I already have approximately a 14x20 ft raised bed and am not planning on changing it anytime soon. I instead chose try my hand at square foot gardening along the front edge of my garden where I can reach in without having to walk in the garden.
|reachable squares for easy access|
|4 squares of snap peas|
bush purple beans 9
bush wax beans 9
snap peas 8
* not in his chart so I found something that was close at mature size and followed that suggested density
**'All New Square Foot Gardening; Grow more in less space' by Mel Bartholomew
Are you trying something new in your garden this year? a new veggie? a new variety of an old favorite? a new method of gardening? I'd love to hear about it!
If you are a square foot gardening 'pro', I'd love to hear your thoughts as well. :)
Happy Gardening! :)