Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Square Foot Gardening 2 of 5 - Planning



Detail people, rejoice! You are going to love Square Foot Gardening!

You should draw up a schematic and decide what you'll plant in each 1-foot square of your Square Foot Garden. Do as much research as you can about growing vegetables, herbs and flowers in such an intensive manner. I recommend consulting "All New Square Foot Gardening" by Mel Bartholomew.

I promise that you'll be amazed at how intensively you can garden. Here are some examples of the numbers of vegetables that can be planted in each square:

16 plants per square foot:
Carrots (deep soil needed)
Chives
Onions (deep soil)
Radishes (deep soil)

9 per square foot:
Bush beans
Lettuce
Parsley
Spinach

8 per square foot:
Pole beans (provide support for vertical gardening)
Sugar snap peas (vertical support)

4 per square foot:
Dahlia (small)
Dusty Miller
Lettuce
Marigold (small)
Pansy
Petunia
Potato (deep soil)
Salvia
Swiss chard

2 per square foot:
Cucumber (vertical support)

1 per square foot (Compared to the others, this seems like not very much, but keep in mind that you can still have 16 plants in your  4-foot-square box.):
Basil (large)
Broccoli
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Cilantro
Dahlia (large)
Eggplant
Marigold (large)
Mint
Oregano
Tomato (indeterminate - vertical support)

Root vegetables MUST HAVE very loose soil that is at least 16 inches deep. Mel's Mix, being nice and loose, is perfect, but you will have to build your boxes a lot deeper than the usual Square Foot Gardening box. And it will take a lot more soil.

Vining vegetables can be grown UP, so be sure to provide tall supports.




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