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New Beginnings: Square Foot Garden Updates

Our garden has always been grown in raised garden boxes using the square foot gardening techniques but this year we replaced all of our string grids with wooden grids. Wow! It looks great and I am anxious to get started on this year’s garden.

You knew it was coming…the transition from wildflowers to garden talk. I’m so predictable. Now that we think our last frost is past, we will be spending more time in the yard with our hands in the dirt. We have a few things sprouting in pots on the deck but not much. My dad has been busy sprouting seeds in his garage for a few weeks and he always shares so I’m not worried.

My son had a zucchini seedling from his grandpa that he wanted to put into his box and I asked him if he would show us how to plant a seedling. I thought some of you might enjoy viewing a little video with your children to inspire them to get out and garden.

This guy has been my gardening partner since he was able to toddle around the garden. 🙂 He was a little nervous on the video but he is a very confident gardener. His favorite things to grow? Zucchini and pumpkins.

Here are some other views of our new grids on our old boxes. The second box in the photo does not have a grid…it is almost all filled in with strawberries at the moment. It will have dahlias as the summer progresses.

This is my box and it has been totally wiped clean and freshly composted. We are going to try some different veggies in here this year and we will see how it goes. I still need to fill in with a little more soil to level it out but we are all exhausted and it will have to wait until the weekend now…..I would rather play in the garden but my hubby has to go back to work tomorrow. He will haul some soil up from the other side of the yard where we are composting and building up some mulch in a stash.

Here is a view from the other side. The closest box is Amanda’s box and she grows mostly flowers in her garden. You also can see my new bird bath which the dog thinks is a doggie drinking fountain.

We added a new section along the fence for some more veggies. What do you think? How about pole beans in the back and something shorter planted in front? This area gets about 6-7 hours of sun in the summertime.

I also noticed that over the last week, I have a whole crop of sunflowers that have volunteered in this garden bed. I am not surprised at all because this is where we had the really tall sunflowers last year and I left them in pretty much all fall for the birds to eat from. We shall see how many plants we have as time goes on. I had quite a crop of sunflower seeds to save for the birds which was really nice. The boys enjoy harvesting the seeds for me and it is an easy job.

This is my flower section from last year that I started from seed. Read this entry to see how we did it and I encourage you to give it a try.

We are going to be adding two more sections of veggies this year along the other fence so we should have quite a bit to harvest once we get going. It is all on an drip irrigation system so it makes my life easier. The kids help with the little bit of weeding and the upkeep of the boxes. I give them ownership of their own box and that helps keep them interested. I also let them pick what goes in their box as well as let them decide how to plant the squares.

5 thoughts on “New Beginnings: Square Foot Garden Updates

  1. Great square foot gardening boxes! I can’t wait to start planing either! I would be interested in knowing more about your compost pile.

  2. Wow! Your boxes look just like mine! I used the same lath board to make my grids. Our elevation keeps nights cool for a while longer, but I will be able to plant my peas tomorrow. My seedlings will go in closer to the end of the month.

    My boxes are about 12″ deep and I combined the square foot method with the lasagna gardening method (see my blog) where you layer soil for natural composting. Do you use any heirloom or non-hybrid seeds? If so, have you done any seed saving? I am interested in learning how to do this.

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  4. Jessica,
    Our compost pile is nothing too exciting. We have a spot in the yard where we collect leaves and yard stuff and we turn it over every now and then. I realized that last fall I was tired of my bag of vermiculite making a mess so dumped the rest of the bag into the compost. This was a really good idea and now my compost is really pre-mixed. Anyway, nothing too technical and definitely an area we could work on.

    Cottage Comtesse,
    Nope, we use plain ole ordinary seeds in the garden. Many times my dad and I share seeds so we get his leftovers. I have never done seed saving but I would love to learn more about it in the future when I have some time to devote.

    Thanks for the touching comment. May you continue to heal.

    Thanks for everyone’s comments.

  5. I somehow missed this entry! Looks great, and well under way too. No green in any of mine yet, unfortunately, but we’re working on it.
    Happy gardening!

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