|This was pretty much the only thriving veggie patch after 4 months away. The trees all looked good (macadamia flowering, citrus producing, persimmon coming into leaf) but lots of soil to renew and replant. Just what I like in Spring!|
I had heard the term ‘square foot gardening’ before, but didn’t really know much about it. While we were travelling I decided to buy the book (Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew) for a quick read on my e-reader. Although I didn’t like the self-promoting style of the book (or crazy claims that square foot gardening represented the first method that deviated from single row planting), I did take away some tips that I would incorporate into my garden.
|This is not my garden, but rather a photo from the internet of a garden created using the Square Foot Gardening method|
I use a mix of methods - some permaculture principles, along with some more ‘traditional’ organic gardening methods and I think now, I’ll throw a few square foot gardening methods into the mix. The book is very specific about the height of the raised beds, soil to use, the need for a permanent grid and so on. It goes as far as saying ‘if you do not do these things, you are not doing square foot gardening’. Uh…O..K. So let’s say I am not doing square foot gardening, but I am taking a few of the great ideas and merging them. What a rebel.
I really liked the concept of thinking of my garden space in 30cm x 30cm squares. When I looked at the garden, there are so many 30x30 squares (or a bit more or less). I don’t want to think about ALL of my garden space like this, as I love free-roaming flowers and other things as well.
|An idea of the recommended plantings within a square foot (30cmx30cm)|
I also liked the guide that within those 30x30 squares you can fit a recommended number of plants. So for example….4 silverbeet, 9 beetroot, 4 loose leaf lettuce, 1 eggplant and so on. The picture above shows how many plants you might put in one square.
|One example in a corner of my garden. I've got rough squares with rocket, beetroot, lettuce, spinach and silverbeet.|
|Behind the silverbeet, I've managed to squeeze in some chives and an eggplant.|
You'll be hearing from me each Friday (at least) from now, as it is a busy season (and Friday is my day off!). Cheers everyone.