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Square Foot Gardening

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Diane Ziomek16-Feb-04 03:16 PM EST 2b   
doris07-Mar-04 09:54 AM EST 3   
Diane Ziomek08-Jul-04 03:45 PM EST 2b   
Karen19-Apr-05 11:13 AM EST 6a   

Subject: Square Foot Gardening
From: Diane Ziomek
Zone: 2b
Date: 16-Feb-04 03:16 PM EST

Has anyone tried Mel Bartholemew's Square Foot Gardening Method? I have a small garden space, and am very interested to find out if it works as well as his book says it does. I would appreciate any input, help or advice. Thank you in advance.

Subject: RE: Square Foot Gardening
From: doris
Zone: 3
Date: 07-Mar-04 09:54 AM EST

Hi, Diane. I have that book, too. I haven't tried the method myself, yet (I've got a small garden, and I'm currently too enamoured of flowering plants to start growing veggies). However, a friend of mine followed the advice in the book with great results. She was able to grow lots of varieties in a confined space; it looked good, too. If and when I'm ready to give up some of my perennials, that's the method I'll be using (unless I just plant vegetables among the perennials--that method also works, especially with the more ornamental edibles.) Hope this helps. Good luck with your garden.

Subject: RE: Square Foot Gardening
From: Diane Ziomek
Zone: 2b
Date: 08-Jul-04 03:45 PM EST

Just a note for any of you who are curious about this method - I've plnated most of my garden this way, and so far it seems to be working ok. I do have 2 rows of peas, and a hothouse with tomatoes & peppers, but the rest of my garden is based on the square foot method. I must say I didn't measure out an exact grid...I eyeballed it for the most part, but it still seems to be working ok. I did find out one thing, not plant more than the reccommended amounts for certain veggies, because they will require more thinning. I found this out the hard way....I planted 81 radishes, turnips & lettuce seeds, and am now thinning them out to make room for them to grow to a good size. Oh well, hindsight is 20/20. Have fun gardening!

Subject: RE: Square Foot Gardening
From: Karen
Zone: 6a
Date: 19-Apr-05 11:13 AM EST

I tried something similar to this last year with great results. Instead of using a string grid, I laid 12x12 patio stones in a checkboard pattern and planted in the square foot spaces between them. I had checked out some pictures of Bartholomew's method in action and thought it looked a little messy, not to mention difficult to reach the stuff in the middle. (I have a bad back, so bending at the waist is difficult.) My layout allowed me to walk between my plantings and looked very attractive. When a sqaure was done, I either replanted it with something else or plunked a potted plant or ornament in it. The best part was that I only needed to weed my veggie patch TWICE all summer long. The down side was that the stones seemed to encourage slugs, which were already a problem because we had such a wet summer. I intend to to use the copper mesh from Lee Valley this year, so hopefully that will help.

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