This year for Mother’s Day, my family planted our new square foot garden together. The girls & I built it on Friday while David was at work. I had the friendly folks at the lumber yard cut the 16 foot board into 4 foot sections, then hammered them together with 3.5 inch nails. Easy peasy!
I poured in the mixture of soil, compost & vermiculite and the girls smoothed it out, pushing and lightly tamping it into place with their garden spades. They were very excited to be getting dirty and couldn’t wait to transplant our seedlings! Alas, we waited a bit while a passing shower came through.
Once the clouds moved along, I tapped in little nails at 1-foot marks along each side and we used rainbow cotton yarn to create our grid pattern. Now it’s transplanting time!
When we decided to plant a garden this year, David and I made a list of vegetables that we all love, that we’ve grown before, and then considered our space requirements before coming up with our garden plan. This may not work perfectly, and some things may end up outgrowing the space and needing to be moved again, but we have a large and mostly sunny yard, so that’s doable. For starters though, this is our garden plan.
And here she is, in all her glory! Our bean, lettuce & spinach seedlings are still tiny, so not much to see there yet, but it won’t be long. We also have a large dish container with basil, lavender & rosemary, a hanging planter with sweet mint, two large tomato plants in their own containers & a citronella plant that is really making herself appreciable now that we have mosquitoes buzzing about.
I love it! I’ve got big plans for the huge garden that I hope to have one day, when we’re not renting a tiny apartment, but for now, this makes me happy. I’m excited to know that we’ll have fresh vegetables to add to our meals later in the summer.
Next up: a pallet garden for strawberries!