Square-Foot Gardening

Monday, March 15, 2010

Last week I planted my vegetable seeds in tiny peat pots and they are sprouting all over the place! Pole beans; snow peas; cucumbers; acorn squash; butternut squash; zucchini just popping up all over.

My DH has designed a 4 x 4 sq ft raised bed, purchased the wood, cut all the wood to the necessary length, lightly sanded it to remove the rough edges. I need to use a non-toxic paint or stain to protect the wood before it is assembled this weekend.

Today I transferred all my seedlings to large clay pots and those precious little sprouts soaked sun all day. The clay pots are arranged on DH's workbench in the backyard with a temporary fence (Penny dog's gated fence that folds up) to keep the birds out. Today we draped the enclosure with one of the paint tarps to protect the sprouts from the cold evening.

Saving money? Uh, not this time around. What with the soil (our yard yields no proper gardening soil), wood, peat pots, clay pots, and everything else. If there IS a crop, it will be hopefully a break even process.

One can find tons of gardening information under the Healthy Life Styles section of Spark.

What does this have to do with losing weight. Uh...I don't know. But hopefully I will be eating healthier....If I get any produce...Uh...if I only get a cucumber or zucchini, they will be VERY expensive pieces of produce. LOL.

If anyone still needs info regarding Shingles Vaccinations, you can find it on my previous blog. Places to call, all that.

Good night.

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    Hi Rusty! Looks like we are on similar adventures on separate coasts! It'll be fun keeping posted on garden developments! emoticon
    3906 days ago
  • no profile photo IRISH_AGUIRRE
    So cool! Good for you! We need to get our veggie garden going this year - We had lots of good stuff last year. Enjoy!
    3909 days ago
    Oh Rusty! You will love it. We started last year. Yes the start up is steep but going forward, not so much! I had a blast with it. And raised meant I could sit on my garden stool and not stress my knee or my neck. No one walks on it so it is super easy to weed.

    The veggies taste so much better from the garden. I have fresh herbs too. and a pot of spearmint for making tea (keep that out of the garden or it will take over). I add some flowers around the front squares for extra color.

    This year we are going to move them to the front yard b/c the back yard doesn't get quite enough sun. So my yield should be higher this year. Although I had plenty of yield last year. You will be amazed how much you get.
    3909 days ago
    sounds great all the way around ;^)
    3910 days ago
  • JODIB5
    Last year a friend of mine built a square foot garden and I was so impressed I am all set to build one this year. I found a website that has premade garden designs and design your own garden templates that you can print. The print out comes along with instructions on how to plant and care for the veggies that you chose for your garden. Know anyone that needs a rototiller. I do not think we will be needing ours, lol. We have another 6 to 8 weeks before we can plant but I think I will go ahead and get started with some lettuces and onions. Good luck with your garden and even if you do not get a lot of veggies (I think you will) just think of all the pleasure you will have along with some out door activity. emoticon
    3910 days ago
    Starting a project that gets you in the sunshine and fresh air, as well as keeps you busy and relaxed and not eating has everything to do with losing weight! The fresh produce will just be a added bonus for your hard work! The cost is about the investment in yourself, doing something you enjoy. The yield is keeping busy doing something you love and being proud of a beautiful garden! Good luck to you and your new babies!
    3910 days ago
  • MTNHIKER1971
    what a neat idea
    3910 days ago
    That sounds like fun. I wish I had a place to garden, but not in this apartment.
    3910 days ago
    Ooh, sounds like you know a lot about gardening! I'm just starting a garden for the first time this year ... care to offer some tips?
    3910 days ago
    Putting fresh out of the garden produce in your body is Priceless! You control the pesticides that go on your plants! And the vitamin D you will be soaking up will be awesome.

    Don't forget companion plants - marigolds help keep bugs from the tomatoes (I didn't see toms on your list?) and herbs will fill in the gaps and give you something fresh to add to your dishes. Creeping Thyme is good on so many things and can grow under most veggies, including some vine-type plants. Watch out for mint - it will crowd (read choke) everything else out.

    We moved last year and I miss my garden! But we are thinking of a container garden up here. Good luck!
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    3910 days ago
    I am so glad it is gardening season!

    What does your blog have to do with losing weight? Everything! Let's see - being busy in a positive way, feeding your soul, growing healthy organic food, staying active - gardening is an excellent form of exercise, being inspirational, the list goes one.

    Happy gardening!
    3910 days ago
    Is your garden for food to loose weight or for enjoyment of working outside? If this year you learn so next year you can reap a more bountiful produce then is all lost if all you get is one cucumber? Questions, questions, questions all I do is ask questions!
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    3911 days ago
    Enjoy your gardening. My DH puts together a garden every Spring and you are right... the cost doesn't really justify it... but it is still fun! AND I LOVE LOVE LOVE the fresh lettuce that we have on hand all Summer long. We have enough onions, zuchinni and lettuce to supply half the neighborhood. Thanks for sharing and have a great week. Hugs, Rhonda
    3911 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4533375
    Sounds like lots of work but very satisfying. I see you getting many fitness minutes in taking care of your garden. My apartment has a small area where we are allowed to plant. I always want to try. I attempted some tomatoes one year and wasn't getting anything but well fed squirrels. i finally got one tomato growing really nicely. Then one day my friend's 2 y.o. son said "ball!" plucked it and threw it before anyone could get to him. LOL Hope you have much better luck. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3911 days ago
    I live in an apartment, so sadly no garden for me. But my parents are growing strawberries, tomatoes & bell peppers this year. They had a cucumber plant too, but it sadly has not survived. Last year they did tomatoes and watermelon, yum!

    I'm thinking about doing a little herb garden in the windowsill, if I can keep the cat out of it, she loves to eat plants so all of mine are fake!

    3911 days ago
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