Square Foot Gardening

This summer we are venturing into the world of square foot gardening. My friend Rowena is a certified SF gardener and I am learning so much from her. See the crazy strings? We've divided the garden by placing nails along the frame at one foot intervals and stringing a grid. Each square foot is treated as its own garden. We just finished harvesting most of the spring crops and are replanting for the summer.

It has been very warm here this spring so I took a slight gamble that paid off. I planted heirloom red okra in four of my squares and they made it. I already have baby okras emerging. I was very surprised as I didn't notice the flowers. I happen to think okra flowers are very attractive. I hope this red variety has lovely flowers too. 
(June 1st: Correction. These were the flowers! The okra are a milder red color. I discovered this when I found the spent blossom on the soil next to the plant. Missed its opening, but am happily anticipating the rest.) 

The warm spring wasn't such good news for the peas though. Although they are producing, I had hoped for better growth. The best growth they had was during a mild cold snap which leads me to think the warm spring is at fault for the small vines. I brought in some peas the other day and watched the kids shell them with delight. About half made it into the container. The rest were eaten! I hope to get a few more tonight to cook up a nice batch for dinner. 

Here are tomatoes, okra, left over lettuce, and several varieties of hot peppers. We planted eight different varieties of peppers.  If it is as hot this year as they predict, the peppers should do really well.  

Do you garden? Planting seeds and watching the development of a plant is a great for igniting the curiosity of children. A simple pot by the door can grow tomatoes all summer long. All it takes to begin is one square foot! 


  1. We love gardening! You are much more organized than us, though! Love this. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Oh, don't let this year fool you! This is the first time I have ever tried this organized version of gardening. I like it so far. Most years I call it "Darwin Gardens" because it is survival of the fittest! Thank you for visiting!

  2. I've never heard of square foot gardening! Really I don't know much about gardening at all, but I hope to learn!

    1. I really love SF gardening! But just planting anything and seeing what happens is a great way to start too.

  3. Your garden looks terrific! I've always wanted to garden, but I've never made the time - this is inspiring me to give it a shot though!

    1. Thank you! I really enjoy it, but it doesn't have to be elaborate. Just plant something and see what happens.

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    1. Thank you for visiting. A friend of mine has a great website and is very helpful with SFG. Try http://www.vocationalhomemaker.com/ And tell Rowena that I sent you to her. She is a wealth of information and teaches classes on the subject.

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