Tuesday, March 15, 2011


I'm dying to get my hands dirty and start gardening, but anything I plant here in Texas I won't be able to harvest before we move to Oklahoma and anything I plant in Oklahoma I'm not there to tend. I plan on starting cream peas (similar to black-eyed peas) and okra once we're in Oklahoma since they love the heat, and it occurred to me today to start a few herbs that I can easily take with me.

I know I've mentioned before that I am interested in square foot gardening and in Oklahoma it will be our only option since we'll be living on a mountain. I have a book I've been reading, but today I came across an article that broke the info I've been searching for down to the bare bones and it's so unbelievably easy it's mind blowing. http://www.naturalhomemagazine.com/natural-landscaping/square-foot-gardening.aspx

Basically I'm going to need a mixture of 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite, and 1/3 blended compost. From there if plants say to thin to 12", 1 plant goes into a square. From there plants to be thinned to 6" get 4 per square, 4" gets 9 per square, and 3" get 16 per square.

Now I'm trying to decide if I want to do long rows or 6 to 8 - 4'x4' boxes... Decisions, decisions.


Sheena said...

I have been wanting to try square foot gardening as well! I've done herbs in containers for the past few years, and I love that. We're about to start a butterfly garden first, and then hopefully I'll have time to build a raised bed for a square foot garden, too. Hope you get to grow something! =)

Diana said...

That is so awesome! I think a butterfly garden would be so much fun. I was reading yesterday about edible landscapes and I'm thinking it's something I'd like to try as well. We plan on building steps that go up and down the mountain from the top where our drive is, down to the house, then down to the pond. Maybe along the way in some flat areas I can do some small gardens.

Link for the edible gardens: http://www.naturalhomemagazine.com/food-gardens/beautiful-enough-to-eat-edible-landscaping.aspx