Square Foot Gardening
Last night I found a book called Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew. It is sort of like raised bed gardening in that you use small spaces but it differs in that instead of planting lines of vegetables and things you plant them in one foot squares.
It is planned so that you don’t over plant. You plant just as many seeds as you need. For a salad garden this might mean you plant two tomato seeds and four lettuce seeds in one square. The lettuce grows fast and then is over so while the tomato seed is growing you can get a whole week’s crop of lettuce. You plant new lettuce seeds every other week (just four) in another square. By not planting more than you actually use it is easy to maintain, fertilize and weed. I really like his ideas – you can visit his website for more information.
Sort of doing the above already with my garden tub. A few weeks ago we bought a lettuce starter set of four different leaf lettuces which I planted in a tub. We then buy a head of iceberg lettuce each week which we use as sort of base for the salad and then pop out to our garden tub and pick four to six leaves to add to each bowl. I can’t wait till we have tomatoes but that will be a long time yet. Still it is good to have something garden fresh already. Will have to maybe get a new lettuce starter pack in a couple weeks depending how long I get away with picking these lettuce plants. Next year maybe I will start planting lettuce indoors much earlier.
We actually have five raised garden boxes so not sure just how close we will keep to not over planting!