It is spring time in the mid-atlantic states and that means time to plan and plant your garden.
I gave my brother a book for Christmas titled “All New Square Foot Gardening”. I skimmed through the book to make sure it would be something that he would like and was so intrigued by the process that I went out and bought my own copy.
Being the procrastinating self that I am, I waited till the last minute to put in my garden. Part of the square foot garden is to build boxes. I already had a garden bed so I decided to use that. Also, there is “Mel’s Mix” soil. It consists of 1/3 compost, 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 vermiculite. Well, I had no problem with the compost and peat moss but I could not find the vermiculite locally. I thought this was really strange because it is a natural resource of Virginia! So I used “Jeff’s Mix” which is Mel’s mix without the vermiculite. I will try harder next year!
An interesting note about compost. The book suggest that you use 3 to 5 different kinds of compost because the make up is different by manufacturer. Mixing them gives you a better compost. I could only find 3 different kinds so I am hoping for the best.
I use weed block fabric to cut down on the weeds. It seems like I have an over abundance of them and they find there way into my garden in no time. I used this 2 years ago and it really helped so I was hooked. The pavers are for walking on and holding down the fabric.
Here is my garden all complete. This year I am growing Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Jalapeno Peppers, Green Beans, and Beets. I also threw in some marigolds. I read somewhere that they emit a scent that destructive bugs do not like. Plus it brightens the place up a little till the veggies get big and tall.
Well, I will post more when things start to grow.