Well spring is just around the corner and I've started to think about what I'm going to be growing in the square foot garden. This year I'm cutting back on the number of different plants I'm going to put in. Just planted some seeds in my new Germination Station with Heat Mat, the last time I used a germination station I didn't use a heat mat and I didn't have great results. I hope that the use of the heat mat will increase the results and get some of my plants started early.
So what I've got in the germination station to start is some of the plants I'm going to get in early this spring. Getting some lettuce started it's a good in the cold weather. Starting some tomatoes because the last couple years they've been coming out a little late, had blossoms into October. Also getting some blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry plants started from seed, these plants won't be producing any berries this year so I'm getting started early. Hopefully we'll get these sprouting here soon getting some good solid roots grown.
I'm also going to get some cucumbers and green beans planted a little later into the season. We'll also have to see what comes up from last year, I didn't pick out all the green tomatoes that were still on the vines in November. There are also some some onions that I left in the ground last fall.
Already got some dirt and maunder for the 4 by 4 and some berry beds that I put in last year. This will add some fertilizer to the beds and hopefully make those plants happy. Going to be mixing that dirt into the box in the next week or so and we'll be ready to plant.
This year I'll try to keep the blog a little more updated with what's going on and what's going into the square foot garden.
So for a little fun I decided to make a facebook event called "Operation Giant Pumpkins", the basic idea is to get people to go around and plant some giant pumpkin seeds in unexpected locations. The event runs from May 15th till June 15th, this way the pumpkins will be ready around Halloween. Here are the steps that i laid out in the Facebook event if you don't have Facebook and would like to join us. If you do have Facebook and would like to attend click the link above and attend, then tell all your freinds about it.
Operation Giant Pumpkins
The goal is to grow Giant Pumpkins in unexpected location
I'm hoping to get at least 1,000 people to join me in planting these Giant Pumkins Seeds all over the place. I am thinking of a couple places where I can plant my giant pumkins seeds. If you Tweet about this use #OPGP
I'm getting my square foot garden ready for the upcoming spring planting season and I've laid out my gardening plans. I've already been out and working on the garden getting some of the prep work done. Cleaned out all the leaves and the hundred acorns that fell into the box over the fall and winter. I'm still not sure how that many acorns could have fallen into that small of an area and how the squirrels that litter my back yard did not pick up a single one.
Once it was all cleaned out I turned the dirt a bit made sure to remove any large groups of roots that where left from last years plants. I decided to add an additional 2x8 box on top of the 2x10 box that I had last year. This will give my planter a bit more depth and I hope that it will help out my carrots that didn't seem to grow much last year.
This year I'm also trying a few new plants, I'm going to try a few potato plants that should make a purple potato. There called Purple Majesty and as far as I know they taste like potatoes but there purple. It's should be interesting to see how they do, I did sweet potatoes last year and they grew OK but didn't get very big (I think becuase of the depth issues). I'm also doing a few more pepper plants this year, last years didn't do too well, but I think that I put them in too late. Last years tomato plants did well one from seed and one plant, both got off to late starts and didn't start barring fruit till late summer. They kept barring till late October which was a surprise, most of the fruit was small so I'm trying a Rutgers verity as well this year.
This weekend I decided to make a strawberry planter for my deck and thought it would be cool to document it. I'm a big fan of the square foot garden, and tried to make this take up the least amount of space. This planter takes up only four square feet and I'm hoping to put 30 strawberry plants in it. Which should make a lot of strawberries over the summer, you might want to put some herbs or flowers in yours if you don't want as many strawberries.
Here's what you'll need for this project:
- 1 - 2"x10"x8'
- 1 - 1"x6"x8'
- 2 - 1"x10"x8'
- Scrap - 2"x4" about 2 feet
- Scrap - 1"x2" about 3 feet
- 1 lb box of 2" deck screws
- Drill and Saw
- Paint (optional)