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JimN

Hello again

I originally joined OTG in 2008 and have popped in every now and again to see what's happening.  I've always been faffing around with tubs of this and tubs of that (last year's courgettes were a notable success, tomatoes have always been a failure) so this year I made the decision to really got for it.  Therefore I've been building this over the last couple of weekends:



(The compass around the tree gives a nice indication of where it's facing)

As you may be able to tell from the string I'm trying something along the lines of square foot gardening, although I didn't find out about this until I'd built the bed hence the 5 x 5 rather than the normal 4 x 4.  But I'm now thinking about going for a 4 x 4 but with slightly bigger squares.

It's 30cm deep but one mistake I know I've made is that I've not double dug where I lifted the turf (which I disposed of as it was mostly weeds) so it's still fairly compacted but hopefully it'll be deep enough.

In the bed I'm hoping to get:
Peas
Potatoes (first earlies, salad & mains)
Courgettes
Cabbages
Onions (red & spring)
Carrots
Beetroot
Runner beans
...

And various salad leaves in pots with cherry tomatoes in one of those small greenhouse type things.

I really want this to be a year round thing (as far as possible) with the aim of saving money in the long run and having easier access to veg.  Also, one of my other hobbies is 'country' wine making, so anything that I can ferment will be a bonus  

Any thoughts, suggestions, comments would be more than welcome.
Digindeep

Hi and welcome back....never tried this sq' ft gardening. Have used tubs and buckets over the years.
Often grown courgettes in buckets and potatoes in old compost sacks, with good success, plenty of good manure, I'm sure was the key to the success.
Best of luck and keep us all up to date, often  
6 years is a long season    
Christine

Ah but you can't hurry gardens.
bodger

Welcome home  That looks a really smart job.
Rena

Hello! Nice to meet you! I haven't done gardening quite like that either. Looks very interesting!
sod

Hi that looks fantastic, we did the square foot garden thing but not raised like that, it is much better. I think the size is not the main thing just a guide to work with   as said please keep us up to date
JimN

Cheers all.

I'm only loosely using the idea of square foot gardening, I've not splashed out for the book just reading up around the Internet.  It seems to try and cram some types of plant in to what seems to be too small as space, for example I think it says you can get 8 pea plants in one square and 16 carrots in another.  I'm really not convinced by that, I think I'll stick to half that.
Rena

JimN wrote:
Cheers all.

I'm only loosely using the idea of square foot gardening, I've not splashed out for the book just reading up around the Internet.  It seems to try and cram some types of plant in to what seems to be too small as space, for example I think it says you can get 8 pea plants in one square and 16 carrots in another.  I'm really not convinced by that, I think I'll stick to half that.


There's a book...? I had no idea .  Please, def post photos as you go along~I'm very interested in how it goes for you!
sod

We got it out of local library   and seemed a great idea instead of my total mess planting idea. We now get a lot of poltstyrene boxes so plant in them, tip out end of season, fill up plant again.
confused

JimN wrote:
Cheers all.

I'm only loosely using the idea of square foot gardening, I've not splashed out for the book just reading up around the Internet.  It seems to try and cram some types of plant in to what seems to be too small as space, for example I think it says you can get 8 pea plants in one square and 16 carrots in another.  I'm really not convinced by that, I think I'll stick to half that.


Being a rather miserable Scotsman    I have for a few years now grown carrots / early turnips /spring onions, in a couple of wooden planters 4ft x1ft (Previously for flowers) at first I thought the planting as you suggested was too close /dense , but now I just use the thinings in a summer veg soup or a salad , and I am delighted with results .
JimN

And here's where we are now:


Column one, from top
Parsnips
Carrots
Salad Onions
Courgette
Courgette

Column two, from top
Parsnips
Carrots
Salad Onions
Lettuce
Courgette

Column three, from top
Salad potatoes
Salad potatoes
Salad potatoes
Radish
Radish

Column four, from top
Main potatoes
Main potatoes
Main potatoes
Empty (probably going to be beetroot)
Peas

Column five, from top
Runner beans
Runner beans
Runner beans
Peas
Peas

I've also got some first early potatoes in a couple of bags and salad in pots.

I thought I'd lost the runner beans as I may have put them out too early & without proper hardening but most of them seem to have recovered.

There are some cauliflower & kale that could be planted out but I've decided that I can't afford to have a space that only produces a single cropping, so it either needs to be a number of plants in one space (i.e. carrots & radish) or a single plant that produces multiple croppings (i.e. courgette & potato).

I've tried to grow some tomatoes from seed, which sprouted to a couple of leaves and then stalled, so my tomato jinx continues.

Any feedback/suggestions would be appreciated.

Cheers

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