Before I finish the square foot gardening post I started last week, I want to take a quick minute to remember Lucille, seen here on the blog last summer.
She died today from injuries sustained in a possum attack last night. Poor, sweet girl. She's the only hen we've lost to a predator in the nearly two years we've kept chickens. My husband--ever the avenger--
Such is life in the country.
R.I.P., Lu. :(
So, back to square foot gardening. Last week, I cleaned out two raised beds in our garden, added vermiculite to the preexisting compost/topsoil mix, and created grids with baling twine.
I then planted 10 heirloom tomato seedlings (4 Pink Brandywine and 6 Cherokee Purple) that my mom gave me.
In the rest of the squares of the two beds, my little helper and I planted these seeds:
- Yellow Crookneck Summer Squash
- Jalapeno Peppers
- Black Beauty Zucchini
- Cocozelle Zucchini
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Spacemaster Cucumbers
- Blue Lake Bush Beans
- Sugar Baby Watermelons
- Detroit Dark Red Beets
- Hearts of Gold Canteloupe
- Chadwick Cherry Tomatoes
|One more seed to plant in that square!|
For information on how many seeds to plant per square, check out Plant Spacing for a Square Foot Garden. All New Square Foot Gardening does not have an exhaustive list of plant types, so this Web site was a great additional resource.
And I also found this spreadsheet on companion planting quite helpful as I laid out the grids and determined where to place seeds.
So that I don't forget anything, as I'm very prone to do, I'm keeping a notebook with diagrams of each bed, noting what and how many seeds were planted in each square, and when they were planted.
Speaking of the seeds, all were from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange of Mineral, VA and Sow True Seed of Asheville, NC. Most are organic and heirloom varieties native to the Southeast U.S. Just trying to keep it local/regional!
If you're looking for vermiculite, it can be hard to come by as it's not generally carried in big box stores. I found this handy-dandy spreadsheet on My Square Foot Gardening that lists retailers by state. For folks in North Carolina, Fifth Season Gardening (locations in Carrboro, Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh) carries vermiculite, as do a few other specialty gardening businesses in eastern and western NC.
I'll be cleaning out the mustard greens this week, and converting those beds to sq. ft. beds. I need to pick up some corn and okra seeds, and probably a few more varieties of herbs, to add some diversity to the garden. And with all the rain we've had lately, hopefully we'll be seeing some sprouts in the coming weeks!