I love, love, love square foot gardening.  If you don't know what I am talking about, there is a whole web site dedicated to it.  I hate to weed.  Some people love to go out and dig in the dirt.  Not me.  Yuck!  So square foot gardening is perfect because there are little to no weeds to worry about.  And watering!  It takes me 5 minutes to water this whole garden.  Seriously!  You put a cup of water on each plant each day.  The soil (which is a mix of compost, peat moss, and vermiculite) holds the moisture in.  I love it!
Let me take you on a tour of my garden.
This tree is a plum tree.   And we think it's a flowering plum because it had beautiful blossoms, but there is no fruit growing!  All our other fruit trees have fruit, but this one?  Nada.  Bummer!  However, underneath the tulle are strawberries.  Yummy, tart, delicious strawberries.  They are so good!  The tulle is to keep the birds from eating them.  It was much cheaper (.97 a yard) than buying the netting from the garden center!
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Just look at this beauty waiting to be picked!  He didn't last long after I took this picture.
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Here is another "plum" tree with cabbages underneath.  I have really come to love cabbage over the last couple of years.   I guess it is true that your tastes change as you get older.  You can see one of our raised flower beds behind.  That is another post!
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This is one of our newest boxes this year.  We planted black Krim tomatoes, purple Cherokee tomatoes, pumpkins, cucumbers, and hot peppers in it.  I know what you are thinking.  I planted peppers?  No, they are for The Teenager.  He has discovered he loves hot and spicy!
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Peach tree with more strawberries.
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More strawberries.  Yum! 
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Zucchini.  I love zucchini.  Cooked with butter and salt.  I could live on that!  All the chicken wire is to keep the neighborhood cats from digging in it.  I hate cats.  Sorry, Melissa!
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Another peach tree and more strawberries!
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Now the tomatoes.  The Doctor bought the plants from the greenhouse at the high school where he teaches.  They already had tomatoes on them!  We planted 12.  Then he came home with 6 more.  Then we bought the black and purple ones.  I now have 17 tomato plants!  I love it!
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More tomatoes.
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And more tomatoes!
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Spaghetti squash.  I love using spaghetti squash instead of noodles.  It is so tasty!
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This is an apple tree with more strawberries!
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This poor little box is struggling.  We have carrots from last year that don't taste good, but we just haven't pulled them yet, Swiss chard, and more carrots growing. 
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Another apple tree with more strawberries.
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So that is a total of 14 boxes.  Some small, some bigger, all easy to take care of.  If you scavenge for the wood, the most expensive part is the dirt.  But it is so worth it for me!  I actually enjoy watering my garden and looking for stray weeds because there are only going to be 2 or 3!  And if you want to come over and take a look, please do!  I love to show it off!  I am not an expert, and we keep learning things about it.  But it's fun and easy!
Oh, and all the space in between the boxes are going to be filled in with bark chips.  We just haven't gotten to it yet!  I had to let you know that!  LOL

5 comments :

Tia said... Reply To This Comment

I just learned about sq. ft. gardening this year from Heidi Jones at one of our R.S. activities. I'm LOVING it so far! I haven't even finished the boxes yet though. So far we only have peas, tomatoes, and strawberries. Thanks for the great idea on the tulle! I'll have to go get some. For years I have sworn I wouldn't go through another summer of a weed-filled garden. I spent hours weeding and weeding.
I'm also planning on doing a blog post on my "new" garden, but it's not finished yet, and I don't want to take pictures until it's finished!
Sometime I'll have to come over and see yours. :)

Angie said... Reply To This Comment

Wow, completely impressed! Is your backyard completely a garden? Seems like you have so much stuff back there. I'm jealous of all the things you have growing right now. We planted later than planned so we don't have much growing right now except for one pea plant that survived from last year.

Jen said... Reply To This Comment

Your garden is looking SO great! I love looking at pictures of other SFG's so I can see what people are up to. Your tomatoes are HUGE already! Great work.

I also really like the idea of doing the strawberries around the trees. I desperately want to plant strawberries, but I haven't been sure where to do it.

Jean said... Reply To This Comment

I love it! One of these days when I finally have a house to call my own this how I'm going to do my garden. Strawberries, and tomatoes top priority!

Alice said... Reply To This Comment

Kyle told me you had posted about your garden so I had to come look! I do raised bed gardening too. I keep trying to squeeze more stuff in, and it's getting crowded- I might have to expand the strawberry patch around the fruit trees....

Your garden looks really nice!

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