My square foot garden

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The Quickcrop Vegetable Garden in Early June 2015

It really is incredible how things burst into life when we get a bit of warmth and sunshine, my little plot is suddenly a very different different place. It was such a nice day yesterday that we took the camera and wandered round the garden while doing a few jobs here and there. I include the photos below with a few (hopefully) helpful tips.

The big success for me has been my square foot garden which you will have seen us build if you watched our new video. It is right outside the back door and is just the handiest thing for picking the bits and pieces we use every day.

The sheltered spot is also proving to be a bonus with crops being significantly further ahead than the main garden. For those of you with urban gardens I think this shows that if you get a good position a city plot can be a wonderfully productive oasis and in no way a poor cousin to larger rural gardens.
I have done zero maintenance on it since we planted up and it is already providing salad, spring onions and radishes with peas, beans and broccoli well on the way. Also, while my main garden has become hugely popular with slimy diners from miles around my kitchen beds with gravel surrounds remain pretty much weed and slug free.

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On one square foot

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A square foot garden grid

New Square Foot Garden Plans

Square Foot Gardening is an easy to understand method of planting vegetables which splits a gardeners plot into square foot areas rather than into rows. This system is especially good for beginners as it makes plant spacing much easier and also makes more sense for growing in a small space as most beginners do.

The idea is each square foot contains a certain amount of each crop depending on the size of the vegetable and how close they can be planted. The original SFG is an excellent concept but we do feel many of the planting distances are too tight to grow really impressive vegetables. Yes, you can grow some acceptable crops at the recommended spacing but if you have seen really healthy and vigourous fruit and vegetables I think you will be a little disappointed. For this reason we have created our own New Square Foot Garden Plans with more room for the plants to grow.

Here are a few reasons why wider spacings are better for your garden:

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Plant a Square-Foot Garden (Google / U.S. News)

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Plant a Square-Foot Garden

Even apartment dwellers can grow fresh vegetables with a little effort

Posted December 18, 2008

Even klutzy, brown-thumbed apartment dwellers can cut their food bills, eat better, and reduce their carbon footprint. Just plant a “square-foot garden,” says Mel Bartholomew, author of “All New Square Foot Gardening“.  All it takes is some sort of wooden, plastic, or brick box or frame. (You may have to cut holes in the bottom for drainage.) Fill the frame with equal parts compost, peat moss, and vermiculite, available at home and garden stores.  Put the box in any yard, or place it on a patio, deck, or stoop that gets at least six hours of sunlight a day. Continue reading Plant a Square-Foot Garden (Google / U.S. News)

Square Foot Gardening for lettuce, cabbage (Google / The Nation Newspaper)

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Home grown: Square Foot Gardening for lettuce, cabbage

by Suzanne Griffith

Increased access to the wealth of information on the Internet has no doubt served as a contributing factor in the resurgence of the kitchen garden. By the same token too, much information can simply become overwhelming. For example, a basic Internet search using the terms “kitchen gardening planting techniques” yields an incredible 456 000 results. This can only leave you thinking: “Where do I begin? Which method do I choose? Which method is best?” If the Internet is your resource of choice, my experience has been that you are best served by keeping it simple; select three core resources: Seek out an online community or forum of like-minded gardeners. An online community such as gives you the opportunity to discuss, celebrate, and commiserate the trials and tribulations of gardening with your fellow gardeners.

Find the website or blog of a gardener or group of gardeners that serves as an inspiration to you and for your garden. My favourite is, the website of a family in Pasadena, California, that has through gardening transformed their yard and their lives.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, select a guide. One of the most widely regarded methods for planting raised garden beds is called Square Foot Gardening, or SFG for short. SFG makes several attractive promises: reduction of weeds and pestilence, water conservation through concentrated watering, and high yields in limited spaces.


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Gardening in Tires (Google / Green Zone)

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gardening in tires

Why tires? First off, they’re easy to come by; mine came from an Earth Day cleanup and from my car (after a pothole ripped a hole in one tire). In fact, people keep offering me tires, leaving me tires, etc. I say, “Start your own tire garden! Tires are a traditional gardening container in the US and worldwide, especially in developing countries. Tire gardens can be found in rural, in suburban, and in urban America, and all over the world…see examples in Guatemala, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Mexico, Kenya, Trinidad & Tobago, and more. Continue reading Gardening in Tires (Google / Green Zone)

Teacher gets students involved in gardening (Google / CantonRep)

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Lehman Middle School teacher gets students involved in gardening
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Thursday, May 29, 2008

BY Jim Hillibish

Bernie Caldwell’s daughter needed a 4-H project. She settled on author Mel Bartholomew’s iconic square-foot gardening plan. And then Bernie, a teacher at Lehman Middle School, got an idea. What if the school adopted Bartholomew’s genius idea? It might solve some problems. Kids need a summer project. They need to be taught patience, but they also need a reward for their work.  The “what if” attracted Lehman teachers Anne Efremoff and Paul Palomba. They developed a lesson plan for teaching students square-foot gardening. This attracted the Stark County Farm Bureau and Gerber Lumber of Massillon, who donated $5,000 for materials. Continue reading Teacher gets students involved in gardening (Google / CantonRep)

Square Foot Gardening (Google / View from the Hill)

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Square Foot Gardening

That is the title of the “project” I’ve been wanting to work on for years.  For those who haven’t figured out that the name of this site (little homeshool on the HILL) might mean something… well, it does.  We live on a small mountain.  And as such, we have very, very rocky land.  The only way I’m going to have a nice veggie garden is if I build UP.  SO, that’s where Square Foot Gardening comes in. This is not a new concept either… it’s been around since I was a wee babe.  I even think my Grandad was using a variation on it (from my childhood memories… mmmm… I loved puttering with him in his veggie garden, probably doing more damage than good, but he was ever patient and ever kind – I miss you, Grandad!).  Anyhow… we’ve never managed to “get it going” here in the spring because of all the blackflies on the mountain… but this year we finally decided to just DO it – and surprisingly, we weren’t bothered that much by the blackflies after all.

I am NOT sorry!!!  My garden looks fantastic!!! Continue reading Square Foot Gardening (Google / View from the Hill)

Gardening Square (Google / X-ray Rocks)

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Gardening Square

I love, love, love square foot gardening! It’s so simple and it makes perfect sense. I’m turning my entire backyard into a square foot garden. So far I have 6 beds with 5 more in progress (I’m not that great at carpentry).  I have 4 3×3 beds, 2 3×2 potato bed/bins and 1 8×2 trellis bed. The trellis bed is for tomatos. I have indeterminate varieties. They like to grow crazy all over the place, but with the trellis I (hopefully) can keep them under control. Continue reading Gardening Square (Google / X-ray Rocks)

Spanish Gardening (Google / Round Town News)

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Spanish Gardening – Hints & Tips
Written by Clodagh & Dick Handscombe



e read recently in the UK press that the Scout movement has updated it’s range of achievement/skill badges by introducing new ones related to 21st century skills such as karting, quadbiking, parascending and thankfully one related to healthy eating and what we assume is still the motto of the scout movement ‘Be Prepared’. However the listed essential tasks for the latter included making a fruit salad, two different sandwiches, making an omelette and homemade meat balls, listing some unhealthy foods but not – but may have been omitted in the article – experiencing the growing of some organically grown vegetables or fruit and then preparing a meal with them. And how easy their growing would be in a large container even for the Beaver Scouts living in apartments. Un fortunately today’s ethos is too often don’t get your hands dirty. When we suggested during a talk on growing vegetables to the Agronomist students at the Polytechnic University in Valencia that they grow some vegetables in containers on their apartment terraces for healthy eating during their four course  professors informed us that they were educating agronomists who would work in agricultural/food  laboratories or as quality control advisers and not training agriculturalists. Likewise many articles in the newspapers and magazines comment on the need to eat healthier fresh chemical free vegetables and fruit but fail to suggest that one grows ones own. Continue reading Spanish Gardening (Google / Round Town News)