This boy is a very picky eater. He eats lots of what he likes and gags down tiny amounts of what is necessary for his health. I thought it would be a good idea for him to grow his food choices, with a little direction from me :)
I know that looking at an empty bed and deciding what should go into it can sometimes be a little daunting for the new veggie gardener so I was looking for some options and remembered square foot gardening. I sent him some links and videos to watch and it was a hit!
Youngest sat down and planned out his bed using the SFG mode on the planner and then we headed out to buy his seeds, compost and seedlings. I have wanted to take him to the amazing Soil for Life garden for a long time, and now I am glad we waited as it was a wonderland for him.
|The sign says: "Pedal me to water our garden"|
The bike is connected to the rain water tank and a pump which waters the closer beds. Being a kid engineer he was fascinated!
This hosepipe holder was interesting to me...it was planted up with yarrow and the pipe wound around the outside of the tyre. Amazing repurposing idea.
|A compost teepee which when full can have creeping veg planted in it.|
|The nursery where he chatted with the workers and chose his seedlings|
We do not have exact square foot beds as we are using our existing raised beds but he measured off his blocks and used twine to mark them.
|Then following his plan he planted out his seeds and seedlings. He included some companion plants like dill and spring onions around the carrots and other flowers to attract pollinators.|
A square foot bed of small beginnings. While it looks empty as a lot was planted as seeds we hope for some good growth over the next weeks which will keep his interest up.
I am not sure I would go for SFG as a complete system, although there are many attractive elements to it. On many levels this is a try out for me and a healthy project for him, we will see where it leads us for the next season.
I must have a chuckle as I have already done my summer plan on my normal system, so if this bed produces what everyone promises, then I will be back at the drawing board.
Do you SFG? How do you find your yields?