Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Planning for spring with Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew

share to facebook button My Brother got this book as a Christmas gift and I have been digging (lol) through it for tips for next year. Will be growing the same plants as always but using some of his tips to hopefully improve the harvest.

1) I will be building up as he suggests with a 1:1:1 compost/vermiculite/peatmoss mix. I will likely not go for the full 6" as my existing soil is fairly good and was mixed with compost in the fall.

2) Excited about the appendix with timing for starting seeds and transferring seeds outdoors.
  • Broccoli (12w before spring frost, 5w before spring frost)
  • Lettuce (7w before spring frost, 4w before spring frost)
  • Pepper (7w before spring frost, 2w after spring frost)
  • Summer Squash (2w before spring frost, after spring frost)
  • Tomato (6w before spring frost, after spring frost)
  • Basil (4-6w before spring frost, whenever soil is warm)
Find average last spring frost date here

3) Lots of other info on his particular system for making the plant beds and structures for his system.

Going to be trying out the new led lamp for starting seeds this year and using the paper pots from this post for the larger plants.

Of course this book did not cover the barley, for homebrewing, which I will start outside a few weeks before the first frost and the hops which are perennials.

Here is the book: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!


  1. You should see the barley, it's probably a foot tall!

  2. You should check out The Gardener's A-Z guide to Growing Organic Food by Tanya L.K. Denckla if you haven't already. It's pretty awesome. Even if you're not into growing organically it has some of the best info on growing edible crops.


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