All New Sql Are Foot Gardening

Attach the 4-foot conduit pipes and tighten the screws in the elbows. Vertical Supports On A Patio, Balcony, Rooftop, or Waist High Garden Vertical supports can also be added to patio, balcony, or waist-high gardens. They are constructed in the same manner. However, we suggest that they be no taller than 4 feet. Instead of using rebar in the ground to secure them, they are fastened to the garden box using special clamps screwed into the sides of the box. Buy those when and where you buy your...

I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I

Now we're getting to the interesting and fun part of Square Foot Gardening. You've learned all of the basics. You've picked the size, shape, and location of your garden. You've built the frames, put in the Mel's Mix, and added the grids. Now it's time to plant. This chapter is going to instruct you on your plant choices, how to put your seeds in the garden with the proper spacing (it's as easy as Zip-Zap, Bing-Bing-Bing you 11 see), and growing your own transplants for the quickest, most...

Glossary

I i i I i i i I i i i I i i i I i i i I i i i I i i i I i i i I i i i I i i i I i i i I i 11 acclimate. To become accustomed to a different environment. annual. A plant that lives its entire life in one season. It is genetically determined to germinate, grow, flower, set seed, and die the same year. beneficial insects. Insects or their larvae that prey on pest organisms and their eggs. They may be flying insects such as ladybugs, parasitic wasps, praying mantids, and soldier bugs or soil...

Strawberry

Picking strawberries on a clear June day is a treat for young and old and everyone in between. Only about half actually make it into the basket. Growing your own strawberries is fun and rewarding. Strawberries bear fruit for about 3 years, then yields will decrease and eventually the plant will die. But, each plant sends out runners that end in a new plant, which can be used as the next generation of strawberries in the garden. There are three main types of strawberries June-bearing, which sets...

Mel Bartholomew

A Division of Thomas Nelson Publishers Since 1798 J Introduction WA SFC, New and Improved 27 Plan Your WfW Building Boxes and The Backbone off the Square Foot Gardening Method____87 1 Si How to p'ant Your A New Square Foot Garden 107 Growing and Vertical Gardening Extending the Special Gardens &

All New Square Foot Gardening

To freeze basil for pesto, wash and dry 2 cups of leaves (a salad spinner works well), and chop them in a small food processor with 4 cup olive oil. Scrape the mixture onto plastic wrap, fold it up, and put the resulting patty in the freezer. To use, defrost the patty, and put it in the food processor with all the other ingredients. Just remember that there is already lU cup of olive oil in the patty, so be sure to only use an additional Ia cup to make up the l 2 cup called for in the recipe....

Weeds

But how Weeds plague every garden, right First, there are no weed seeds in peat moss or vermiculite. Next, any seeds that were in the ingredients you added to the compost pile will get cooked and killed in that 1 50 degrees Fahrenheit temperature as the pile heats up. If you prepare the bed properly and line the bottom of the box with landscape fabric, no weeds will sprout from the bottom. Since we are not using our ground soil, which is filled with weeds, the only...

Indoor Seed Sprouting

The easiest way to sprout seeds indoors is to place them on a moist paper towel. Then put the paper towel and seeds in a very shallow tray or dish keep it moist a plastic bag would be handy to maintain moisture and in a warm place in the house. Check daily when you see roots, its time to plant. Rather than handling the seed at this point, carefully cut the paper towel into little squares, and lift each one out with a knife. Now you're ready to take it outside, plant it in your SFG filled with...

Germination Times And Temperatures

This chart shows the number of days required for vegetable seeds to sprout at different temperatures. O Little or no germination Not tested Adapted from J. F. Harrington Agricultural Extension Leaflet, 1954. VERY EARLY SPRING 4-6 weeks before last spring frost BROCCOLI CABBAGE PARSLEY PEAS SPINACH CAULIFLOWER LETTUCE LEAF LETTUCE LEAF ONIONS SETS EARLY SPRING 2-4 weeks before last spring frost

Buying What You Need

If you found the math about area difficult in previous chapters, don't even bother with volume. Get the kids to do the math for you. Why concern yourself with volume Because you need to know the quantity of the three ingredients for Mel's Mix necessary to fill your boxes, and the packages for the different ingredients come in different sizes. But the good news is they all use cubic feet as their So, let's review how to figure volume. Volume is merely area x depth cubic feet. In other words,...

Be Creative

Square Foot Garden Ideas

You don't have to be a landscape architect to measure and draw up what you imagine. The design is just as important as the size. You're going to be spending a lot of your time in your SFG not working or weeding, but just enjoying and relaxing. Be sure to make room for some chairs, a bench, a water fountain, or a bird bath. One of the advantages of a Square Foot Garden is that you have options in how you put it together so that its perfect for you. Seeing a picture is so helpful. If you want to...

Aisles

Pretty Ebony Ladies Laying Down

Put your best foot forward is the saying, but what are you going to put it on Grass, brick, boards, gravel, or just plain dirt Most people put their Square Foot boxes in their yard and leave the grass for their aisles. This helps keep a natural look. And dont worry, the grass wont get a lot of hard use because there's not that much to do in a Square Foot Garden. If you want to leave natural soil in your aisles use an action hoe once a week to rid your aisle of pesky weeds. In my PBS TV garden,...

The Big Dilemma

Square Foot Gardening Salad Garden Plans

Just one more 4x4 box will supply that person with extra of everything for preserving, special crops, showing off, or giving away. So, each adult needs one, two, or three large boxes of 4x4, depending on how much they want. In square feet, that is 16, 32, or 48 square feet. Salad Daily Vegetables Preserving Salad Daily Vegetables Preserving If youre figuring a SFG for a child, remember that 1. One 3X3 Square Foot Garden box equal to 9 square feet will supply enough produce to make a salad...

Detailed List Of Ingredients

Each item should be under 20 percent of total Reject or spoiled garden produce Vegetable and fruit peels Newspaper shredded Eggshells crushed Stable or poultry manure Tea bags Each item should be under 10 percent of total Corn cobs Shredded twigs Shredded bark Pine needles Hedge trimmings Wood shavings Sawdust Coffee grounds Peanut shells Seeds and fruit pits Cat or dog manure Bakery products Dairy products Supper plate scrapings or kitchen scraps black-hat, anaerobic operation that's a...

Dahlia

Family Daisy Height 1 to 7 feet A B P, Hardiness tender annual Spacing Small, 5 per square medium, 3 per square large, 1 per square. Growing Season Spring no Summer yes Fall yes Winter no 12 weeks Seeds Storage 2 to 3 years Weeks to Maturity 5 to 6 weeks Indoor Seed Starting 6 to 8 weeks before last frost date Indoor Tuber Starting 4 weeks before last frost date Outdoor Seed Starting after last frost date seedlings may not bloom until late summer Earliest Outdoor Planting after last frost date...

Cilantro

leaves , 12 weeks coriander seeds The fresh leaf of cilantro is probably the most widely used of all flavoring herbs throughout the world. It is used in Middle Eastern, Indian, Southeast Asian, and South American cuisines. Cilantro is a pretty plant that looks somewhat like parsley. Use it like parsley in smaller quantities for a unique tang. When cilantro goes to seed, it becomes another herb altogether coriander. Ancients used to chew coriander seeds to combat heartburn. The seeds are sweet...

Marigold

Giant 1 y 2 to 3 feet A B P, Hardiness half-hardy annual Spacing Dwarf, 4 per square Giant, 1 per square Growing Season Spring no Summer yes Fall yes Winter no Seed to Flower 10 weeks Seeds Storage 2 to 3 years Weeks to Maturity 3 to 4 weeks Indoor Seed Starting 6 to 8 weeks before last spring frost Earliest Outdoor Planting at last frost date Additional Plantings not needed Last Planting not needed Just about everyone will recognize the pompom flowers of the marigold. The most common flower...

No Digging

Using Mel's Mix completely eliminates all the hard work of digging and moving existing soil. A 4X4X 12-inch-deep area contains 16 cubic feet of soil that weighs well over 400 pounds. That's a lot of soil to dig up and move around. All gardening in the past has been based upon improving your existing soil. My original book had rather complicated instructions for your soil, but we've changed all that. Don t even be concerned about it. You don't have to know anything about soils. Just start with a...

How Deep

How deep should you plant a seed This depends a lot on the size of the seed and the soil you plant it in. Generally speaking, a seed s depth is two to four times the thickness of the seed. Its important to place your seeds below a moist surface to prevent it from drying out. loo close to the surface and it can dry out from the hot sun. Once a seed receives moisture and begins sprouting known as breaking dormancy , it will die if it dries out so don t forget to water regularly. How to Plant Your...

Asparagus

Family Lily Height 5 to 6 feet A B P, Hardiness perennial Spacing 2 plants per 4 squares Spring yes Summer yes Fall no Winter no Seed to Harvest Flower 3 years Seeds Storage 3 years Weeks to Maturity 12 weeks Indoor Seed Starting 10 to 12 weeks before last spring frost Earliest Outdoor Planting 2 to 4 weeks before last spring frost Additional Plantings not needed Last Planting not needed Fresh, tender asparagus spears from the spring garden have no rival in the supermarket. When you invest in...

Pansy Square Foot Gardening

Indoor Seed Starting 14 to 16 weeks The best word to describe pansy flowers is adorable 5 The little faces look up at you like they offer hope for a lovely spring after a cold winter and as a last hoorah of color in the fall. Even the flowers without the actual black blotches look like happy faces. Pansies come in so many colors and color combinations that its difficult to keep up with the changes and even more difficult to choose which ones to plant. They are easy to grow, as long as you...

Turn the Handles or Chop Chop Chop

If you are in a real hurry, there are expensive, but effective, rotating drum composters you can buy. You just turn a handle, flip a container, or push a barrel around, and the contents are mixed and moved. Great idea, and they work if you do it regularly. I've also heard of, but never tried, the closed, method. Be careful when you open the bag because, as you can guess, that method uses the black-hat, no air, anaerobic process that smells. Some gardeners have tried using plastic or molded...

If You Decide to Buy Compost

Don t buy all of one kind of compost if you decide to not make it yourself. Dont let the clerk sell you the best and most popular, especially if its loose and not bagged. Heres why. All commercial compost is a byproduct from one industry. It might be the wood, cattle, mushroom, cannery, cotton, or soybean industry that has a waste product and they have to get rid of it. They said, u What if we take our waste product sawdust, manure, vines, pulp, or husks and compost it, people will pay us and...

Meet Mel Bartholomew

Barthalomew Square Foot Gardening

I i i I i i i I i i i I i i i I i i i I i i i I i i i I i i i 11 i i I i i i I i i i I i i i Mel Bartholomews path to arguably the most influential backyard gardener was an untraditional one. A civil engineer by profession and frustrated gardener by weekend, Bartholomew was convinced unmanageable single-row gardening was a waste of energy and output. After his research yielded responses such as but that's the way we've always done it, Bartholomew condensed the unmanageable single-row space to...

Penny Pincher

My idea of the best kind of wood is free wood. Go to any construction site, tell the foreman you are building a Square Foot Garden, and ask if they have any scrap lumber. Chances are they will be throwing out just what you need. They may even cut it for you if you ask nicely. Then your box is free. When constructing your SFG box, cut all four pieces of your wood sides to the same length, and then rotate the corners to ensure you end up with a square box. If you want a different look than the...

More Shopping Lists for Different Sized Batches

If you had three 4x4 boxes 24 cubic feet total , you would need Two 4 cubic-foot bags of coarse vermiculite to equal 73 the total or 8 cubic feet. one 3.9-cubic-foot bale of peat moss expands to 8 cubic feet . and 8 cubic feet of at least five different composts bags added together for a total of 24 cubic feet. If you had one 4x4 box and one 2X4 or one 3X3 box 12 cubic feet , and you wanted to mix up half of a batch to start with, you would add together just one 4-cubic-foot bag of vermiculite,...

Introduction

I i i I i i i I i i i I i i i I i i i I i i i I i i i I i i i I i i i I i i i I i i i I i i i V hy write an updated version of the best selling gardening book of all time The old saying goes, If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Well, Square Foot Garden isn't broken, but the all new model is so superior, so much simpler, and so improved that you can now forget all about the original book and the original Square Foot Gardening method Whats so new about the All New Square Foot Gardening book The...

New Depth Only Inches Deep

Starting Vegetable Box

Don't bother ' I said. For years, experts said your garden soil had to be improved at least 12 inches deep some even said 18 inches. But my experiments were V7 t proving otherwise, especially when 1 used good homemade compost as one-third of the mix. I asked myself, If six inches of perfect soil is T our tOVC OJ good enough for windowboxes and commercial greenhouse benches, gardening to the why not in backyard gardens And why dilute it by adding the mix simplicity of SFG....

The Square Foot Gardening Story

Teacher Foot Story

ou have forever changed garden ing for me. Well, we tried all these new ideas in the community garden the next year, and, guess what They worked Everyone understood and grasped the Square oot Gardening concepts quickly and easily, and since most of the participants were beginning gardeners who were well acquainted with the disastrous experience from the previous year including the overgrown weeds and mounds of zucchini and rows of cabbage that ripened all at once they were very willing to try...

Stagger the Harvest

Really You Still Trust The Government

I also realized that if each square foot could be planted with a different crop containing either one, four, nine, or sixteen plants, all properly spaced, it wouldn't be necessary to plant a whole row of just one crop. So, why not stagger your vegetable plantings, so that your harvest is also staggered Makes sense, doesn't it Yet we've been taught all our lives to plant everything all at once in long rows another hand-me-down technique from large-field crop farming, i i youre farming for...

Grids and Materials

Square Foot Gardening Grid

Every box should have its own permanent and prominent grid. I'm so adamant about having a grid on every box I tell people that if your SFG doesn't have a grid, it is not a Square Foot Garden. But with a grid, it's an attractive, unusual, and unique garden. It tells the story of SFG in one glance. In addition it has many unseen benefits, so stick with mc on this one and build a grid for all of your boxes. I used to search home improvement centers for wood or plastic molding, or...

Plan Your Garden

Li I I i i I I i i I I i i I I i i I I i i I I i i I I i i I I i i I I i i I I i i I I I This chapter is going to talk about three basic components of Square Foot Gardening. Your garden will be laid out in square or rectangular boxes separated by walking aisles. Build your boxes from materials like wood, bricks, or blocks. If you don't like the idea of common wood, which will eventually rot or be eaten by termites, use a more expensive wood like cedar or redwood. You can even use some of the...

Full Cage

A chicken wire cage over the entire 4x4 makes it fairly easy to protect your garden against unwanted rabbits, birds that dig up and eat newly planted seeds, cats that like to dig in the soil, too much sun on newly planted and delicate seedlings, or strong wind gusts during the windy season. Build your wire cage to fit the plants' mature sizes. Once plants start growing through the wire, it is very difficult to Roll out one long piece of chicken wire and place your frame close to the center...