Do you have a DIY project that you never seem to get around to doing? I do. Or did. I have been wanting to do this gardening project for years and never got around to it.
Then, this past Friday we had a beautiful spring like day. I must have spring fever because I was out in the garden getting ready for early spring planting. Then, I convinced my husband to help me make these. These are grids used for square foot gardening.
The square foot gardening approach is based on planting in squares rather than long rows. I like the concept because it’s not based on long rows or planting a bunch of seeds then thinning. There’s not much space in our yard for gardening so the efficiency of keeping the crops fresh and planting more is appealing to me.
Square Foot Gardening
Here’s what made this project the best – we used scraps of wood that my husband had in the garage “just in case” and we didn’t have to purchase anything. (Side note: I have fabric on hand for “just in case” and my husband gives me a hard time about the fabric and I give him a hard time about his extra wood. Equality in marriage!)
After measuring our raised beds (we have 4 and how to make them is here), we decided that 18” or so (for each square) was a fine amount.
After measuring and cutting the wood, we used 1 nail to hold the wood together. Then I added jute twine to keep it from twisting and so that it looked cute. Come on – it’s scrap wood and it needed to be cute-ed up a bit!
The grids sit on top of the dirt and can be lifted out when the rains arrive in the winter.
The soil is soft and the weeds came out easily. Yes, weeds are my cover crop.
Check that off the to-do list! My early spring planting will be sown directly from seeds and I’ve got beets, spinach, arugula (from seeds I saved last year), and peas. Oh, and radishes. I’m not a radish lover but my husband is. Hey, there are perks to helping me in the garden with scrap wood.
If you want to read more about square foot gardening, this book is helpful: I checked it out from our library.
What are you planting this spring?
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My non-gardener-gardening-strategy – yes, non gardeners can fake it
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More related links:
Mel Bartholomew, who is the founder and inventor of the Square Foot Gardening method, can be found here. You can read all the details about square foot gardening and the good work Mel is doing.