Saturday, March 28, 2009
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Monday, March 23, 2009
**If you missed Part 1, you can read it here.**
Once the grids are in place you're all set to start planting. If you live in a cold climate, you might want to start your seeds indoors and plant them after the last threat of freeze has passed.
Do an online search for gardening in your particular state, something like “Florida garden planting guide.” No matter what part of the country you live in you’ll be able to get a good idea of what to plant and when to plant it. You could also skip the research part and just look on the back of the seed packages at the garden center. The handy little map will tell you when to plant in your neck of the woods. Remember, we’re trying to keep this simple. :) Once you have done your research you are ready to purchase your seeds or seedlings. Since it’s been in the 80’s here for a few weeks now, I decided to go the least expensive route and just take the seeds straight from the package and put them into the soil instead of purchasing plants. Most garden centers carry the same brands of seeds. However, you may want to shop around for the best price. I paid $1.25 for a package of seeds and saw the exact same package at another store for $1.65. For the most part I’ve found seeds to be cheapest at W*al-Ma*rt and L*owe’s. The local mom-and-pop garden center had the highest prices for the same brand of seeds. I try to patronize local merchants when possible, but I went the least expensive route when purchasing my seeds.
Next, I planned the box grids by drawing rough sketches of the boxes and writing the name of what I wanted to plant in each square. I also wrote the estimated number of days until harvest so that I will have a better idea of when things will be ready to pick. That’s important for me to know since I’m going to continue to plant and harvest a variety of goodies all the way through late fall. I'm planting mostly fruits and veggies with a few flowers around the border of the boxes.
Now the fun part—planting those seeds! A pencil works great for poking holes in the soil. You need just a pinch of seeds for each hole. That means two or three seeds- not a handful! You won't use very many seeds with a SFG. Just seal them in a bag and put them in the freezer until you're ready to plant with them again later in the season or next year.
Little hands are just the right size for dropping the seeds down into the holes. Her knees don't get as sore from squatting down so much either. :)Once the squares have been planted, just wet them down each day and let nature do its thing. In no time at all you’ll begin to see the fruit of your labor. There's no weeding or fertilizing required. Organic gardening doesn't get any easier than this. Ta-da!
If you plant a Square Foot Garden this year let me know; I’d love to read about it. We could even start our own little SFG club!