I’ve never done the whole vegetable garden thing. I’ve tried to grow basil in my house and every time it dies. My older daughter tells me I have a black thumb….that’s love right? This year I decided this would be the year to actually keep the plants alive. I am determined.
After spending a few evenings relaxing on the couch and pinning I settled on a version of a square foot garden. It is the most space effective and not too much work to get set-up. I found the folks over at My Square Foot Garden to be extremely helpful. Their website is full in set by step information from conception all the way to using your produce!
With a square foot garden you plant your veggies in 1′ x 1′ squares. Depending on which veggie is going in each square decides how many plants can go in each square.
I decided on an area on the South side of our house to maximize the sun exposure. Most vegetables require 6+ hours per day, which this side gets. Only problem was I have these flowers on the entire South side of my house, not sure what they are but they have taken over the area. I set out to pull everything out.I used a straight garden spade to do the edges and garden rake to get deep down into the dirt and pull out roots. (I purchased them both at Lowes, pictures are links)
The first few rows of plants pulled out easily, but the further I got in the deeper the root systems went. It took me two days to clear out a 6′ wide area.
After getting everything cleared out we all went to Lowes for supplies. We have moles here so I knew we needed to get some sort of chicken wire to go under the edges and up the sides of the enclosure. Originally we were going to build a wood structure and put chicken wire all the way up the sides. However, when we were at Lowes they had these plastic lattice pieces meant to go around your AC of pool equipment. They were cute & white, I was sold. Lowes no longer has them on their website but they had a large pile of them at my local store. First Danny put in 1″ x 4″s at the two exposed corners. He then dug a trench about a foot wide around the perimeter of the garden. We laid the chicken wire in the trench and covered it up with the existing dirt but left about 1′ exposed to go up the lattice sides.
We secured the chicken wire using a screw and washer to the wood post. We also put it all the way up the one side that meets our wood fence, securing it with screws and washers.
The lattices we purchased have a bracket with two screws to attach to each other as well as metal stakes to easily go into the ground. It was pretty smooth getting the lattices in the ground. After getting the two side lattices and the one front lattice in I poured in the soil we purchased. I chose Jungle Growth Soil based on the mixture of peat, fertilizer and compost.
After spreading the soil evenly around I got my little garden helper and we got to the actual planting! I purchased plants that were already growing rather than starting them from seeds myself. I love the Bonnie Plants brand as they come in biodegradable containers. All you do is tear off the bottom and the top rim and plant! How easy!
We planted vegetables that we love. Sweet potatoes, a variety of bell and spicy peppers, cherry tomatoes, red and white onions, cucumbers, zucchini, basil, rosemary and parsley. And per Mikaila’s request a watermelon.
After planting everything we stuck the last lattice piece right into the ground, it is freestanding so when I need to get in I can just pull it out of the ground. I was quite satisfied with the finished result.
Those scraggly looking things in the front are the onions. They have since then perked up and are standing at attention. Violet greatly enjoyed this project!
Getting the structure up took us about four hours, wasn’t too bad but by the end we were beat! ‘t’s been a little over a week since we planted everything and its amazing how much the plants have flourished. Now if they would start producing!!
For all you seasoned gardeners out there, I would LOVE to hear your tips and tricks!! Please leave them in the comments below.
Until next time!