Garden

3/30/2013

Happy Easter Weekend! It is a beautiful one here and as I am sitting in the sun, I am making my list of plantings. I have to do something because this warm weather makes me want to “jump the gun” for my planting area. So, I found this list of plants per square foot and thought I would share it with you!

Planting Guide
Below is a helpful planting guide for use in square foot gardens. Note that the number beside the vegetable indicates the # that can be planted in one square foot. Remember, in a 4×4 square foot garden, there are 16 designated squares, outlined by the grid on top of your garden. Please note, as you begin planting, think about how many days each vegetable will take to reach harvest. You will want to plant those vegetable plants that have the shortest harvest period, on the outside squares of the SFG. This way, you will not need to reach in as far and, in turn, it is easier to harvest!
Early Spring
Plant March 20-April 15
Sugar Peas-9 per square foot
Kale-4
Onions-16 (small) or 9 (medium)
Radishes-16
Lettuce-4
Carrots-16
Red Beets-large (9 per square) small (16 per square)
Early Cabbage-1
Broccoli-1
Brussel Sprouts-1
Cauliflower-1
Garden Peas-9
Spinach-9
Swiss Chard-4
Strawberries-4
Chive-16
Mint-1
Mid-Spring
Plant April 15- April 30
Early Tomatoes (vine type)-1 per square foot
Early Sweet Corn- 4
Cabbage-1
Potatoes-4
Parsley-4
Strawberries-4
Chive-16
Mint-1
Oregano-1
Late Spring
Plant May 1-May 15
Lima Beans-9 per square foot
Tomatoes (vine type)-1
Sweet Corn-4
Summer squash-1
Cucumbers-2
Green/Yellow Beans (bush type)-9
Cilantro-1
Mint-1
Oregano-1
Early Summer
Plant May 15- June 15
Peppers-1 per square foot
Eggplants-1
Cantaloupes-1 per 2 squares
Watermelons- 1 per 2 squares
Sweet Potatoes-4
Fall Squash-1
Sweet Corn-4
Tomatoes (vine type)-1
Pumpkins-1
Okra-1
Green/Yellow Beans (bush type)-9
Basil- small-4 per square…large-1 per square
Cilantro-1
Oregano-1
Late Summer for Fall Crop
Plant mid to late July
Broccoli-1 per square foot
Cabbage-1
Brussel Sprouts-1
Cauliflower-1
Turnips-9
Green/Yellow Beans (bush type)-9
Partially Shade Tolerant Plants
Lettuce-4 per square foot
Red Beets- large (9 per square) small (16 per square)
Carrots-16
Onions-16
Radishes-16

Special note on Asparagus- Asparagus will spread throughout your 4×4 Square Foot Garden and can last up to 20 years! Therefore, it is recommended that you designate one whole square foot garden for Asparagus. You can always create a box smaller, maybe a 2×4, if you do not want to take up too much room within your garden.

*Credit to http://www.yourgardensolution.org/

3/26/2013

Well, I have my garden all planned out. I am using the square foot method this year. Something totally new to me. In addition to the square foot method, I am companion planting. We will see if this as successful in the dirt as it is in my mind. All the plants listed will be in a square foot area per garden. I will note if there are more than one plot of a square foot being used for a particular plant. Here is a copy of my plans. 🙂 Keep in mind that each square is equal to one square foot of space.

Square foot garden 2013 – Sheet1 (1)

My garden this year will consist of:

2 Salsa Gardens

Red Tomato
Yellow Tomato
Cilantro
Garlic
Onion 
Jalapeno

2 Salad Gardens

Garden #1

Parsley
Bush Beans
Salad Mix Lettuce
Cabbage
Carrots
Nasturtiums

Garden #2

Spinach
Lettuce mix
Pansies
Cabbage
Radishes
Chives

2 Kitchen Herb Gardens

Basil
Mustard
Oregano
Parsley
Rosemary
Sage
Tarragon
Thyme
Mint
Marjoram
Chives
 and more mint

I have 6 other random gardens that will have the following:

Garden 1

Yellow Squash
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Dill
Celery

Garden 2

Strawberries
Marigolds

Garden 3

Corn
Pumpkin

Garden 4

Corn
Cucumber
Zucchini

Garden 5

Lavender
Roses

Garden 6

Potatos

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