My Square Foot Garden: Year Two
I am a little late this year in getting my plants in the ground. Better late than never though right? Last spring, I built my square foot garden beds for the first time and had to get them ready for planting. This year was much quicker and easier. All I had to do was add a little bit more soil to my beds and get my plants in the dirt. I received most of the directions and knowledge from this fabulous book which took me step by step in setting up my beds last year. This year I had leftover seeds for a lot of my plants so all I had to buy was fresh soil to top off my beds and a few plants to fill in the gaps.
Steps to Replanting
First I pulled out all of the brush, weeds, and anything that did not belong in my garden beds. Last year I used string tied around nails to square off my garden so I removed what was left of the string. I left the nails because I would be using those again.
Reworking the Soil:
I grabbed a couple of tools (shovel, metal rake, hoe) to turn over my soil and break it up. Then I divided up fresh vermiculite and 2 different composts (cow manure and leaf compost) that I purchased at my local garden supply store. I worked the new soil into the old until I was pleased with the consistency.
Squaring it Off:
I retied my square grid on 3 of my 4 beds. I used nylon twine which lasted the whole year last year and was easy to remove this year when I wanted to rework my soil. The fourth bed did not need to be gridded off because I was planning to plant squash which takes up more space that a 1ft by 1ft square.
Mel Bartholemew’s Square Foot Gardening book has some great directions on how many plants you should plant per square as well as what plants do well beside each other. I planned out my garden on a piece of paper before planting. This did not take me as long this year because I had done most of my research last year and was planting many of the same plants. I looked in my seed packets from last year to see if I needed replenish any of them. Then I headed off to my garden center for a second time to pick up the plants and seeds that I was missing.
It was finally time for most satisfying and exciting part of starting your garden – putting the plants in the ground! I referenced my little cheat sheet that I had sketched out of what plants went where and how many. I read on the back of the seed packets to find out the depth at which I needed to plant the seeds. I used my finger to poke holes in the dirt to plant my seeds and I used a trowel to make larger holes for the plants. Once all of the plants and seeds were in the ground I gave them all a healthy dose of water. Then I stood back to admire my work (and take pictures of course).
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