Square Foot Garden #3
by Rainbow Bobbins
It has been almost a month since I started my square foot garden. I put the first seeds in the ground on March 15th. My garden has grown to include: peas, onions, carrots, spinach, beets, two types of lettuce, radishes, chard, oregano, basil, parsley, nasturtiums and gladiolus.
All’s well in the square foot garden so far. I am on my third set of plans in my gardening journal trying to figure out when to plant what where. I placed an order for tomato, eggplant, basil and lavender transplants with Territorial Seed Company. They are due to arrive May 15th and I can not wait. New developments: The peas which I planted March 15 got off to a slow start but are really taking off now. Soon I will have to construct a trellis. The radishes should be ready to harvest in another week or two. The Gladiolus bulbs which I planted March 15th have sent up a few spear heads and are making a steady climb. The lettuce plants have developed their first “true leafs”. The basil which I sprouted in a jiffy pot has been transplanted outdoors – most likely this is a bit premature but I’m new to this and I need to experiment. Three weeks after my first planting I added second rounds of some of the crops so I can benefit from a continual harvest. One of my blocks is nearly empty waiting for the summer crops like tomatoes, cucumber and eggplant –so I decided to kill some time by planting it with some of the quick growing crops like lettuce and radishes. I drop a zucchini seed in the summer veggie block – I am anticipating that the zucchini will dominate most of the block so I set the seed in one of the corner squares in hopes that it will grow over the side and leave some room for other plants.
Next up for the garden: I will be adding strawberry transplants after April 15th. Once I harvest the beets I will be replanting that square with Yin-Yang Bush Beans from Territorial Seed Company. The Yin-Yang Beans will be raised as a dry bean to make soup or bean salad – they are a really cool looking beans and the flavor is said to be like that of a black turtle bean. Fun. I am going to start a bit pot of potatoes in a separate container outside of the blocks – I think potatoes just out of the garden are amazing – a world of difference from those you get at the market.
I will have photos in the next couple of days and scans of the ever evolving garden plans.