Welcome to my little ol' blog. I'll be upfront about it: I don't blog very often any more. If you found your way here because you read my book "Trailer Life," have a gander! But it's easier to keep up with me on Instagram or on my Facebook page. I have this long, drawn out theory on why I'm a terrible blogger, but that is a story for another day. Enjoy the ramblings of my life from the last 8 years or so.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Square Foot Gardening: My Second Attempt

I'm not a very good gardener. I want to be, hence the retry. I tried a square foot garden before, in a container, but it didn't turn out so well. Most seeds didn't sprout, the ones that did, the kids picked when they looked like little blades of grass, and then we had a horn-worm infestation on the tomato plants. Let's not forget the bunnies- the bunnies finished off what was left, eating the tomato plants down to a stub.

I'm tring again this year! I'm using the space where our poplar cuttings were. I'm reusing the cinder block for paths and a wall.

I have room for four 4 foot sections. (Anyone notice I had to use the word "fo(u)r" three times in a row? Awkward!) I will be planning out my sections tonight, with the help of Mel Bartholomew's book "Square Foot Gardening." I bought some starter plants today, and some seeds. The seeds include pumpkins, peas, and carrots. I have two tomato plants, an Anaheim chili, a watermelon, and a rosemary bush. The rosemary will get huge... I'll have to either eats lots of it, trim it and take it to church to give away (dried, I think), or else just trim mercilessly.

This is my old container garden. I planted some mums last fall, and half made it through the winter with no help on my part. I bought chives, oregano, and some flowers to make it pretty. I love containers for plants; you must water them more, but they make growing things more manageable.

I would be thrilled if anything grows, and positively ecstatic if I can eat anything out of the garden.

P.S.- I heart my tractor. I finally learned to use it, and it's so much fun. Moving the dirt into the square sections would have taken hours. Instead, I filled the bucket on the John Deere several times (five?), and the dirt was moved!

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