Square Foot Gardening

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TeeDee

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Anyone follows or followed the growing protocol of Square Foot Gardening? Just thinking of trying it out as my growing can be chaotic at best.
 

Robson Valley

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I assume it's gardening in small spaces? I say: "Do it." Seed is cheap.
My young grandchildren live in a big city. All they have are the flower beds around the foundations of the house.
Carrots, peas, green beans, chives & herbs much to their delight.
Much to my delight and satisfaction, I have kids who promote food gardening.
 

TeeDee

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I assume it's gardening in small spaces? I say: "Do it." Seed is cheap.
My young grandchildren live in a big city. All they have are the flower beds around the foundations of the house.
Carrots, peas, green beans, chives & herbs much to their delight.
Much to my delight and satisfaction, I have kids who promote food gardening.
 

MrEd

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What did you find the Pro's were then?
I could grow more variety of stuff but in less overall quantity - it meant I could have veggies and stuff I grew myself even though we only had a balcony.

You can grow 2 things in the same square, for instance I would plant a courgette plant but while that was maturing I would be able to plant radishes around it and they would grow and harvest them first. Also when ever I pulled anything I put something else back in the hole

I liked it but it took careful planning, I have/had a book on it so will look that out for you as that helped
 

TeeDee

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I could grow more variety of stuff but in less overall quantity - it meant I could have veggies and stuff I grew myself even though we only had a balcony.

You can grow 2 things in the same square, for instance I would plant a courgette plant but while that was maturing I would be able to plant radishes around it and they would grow and harvest them first. Also when ever I pulled anything I put something else back in the hole

I liked it but it took careful planning, I have/had a book on it so will look that out for you as that helped
Thank , I tend to think I NEED something to tell me when, where and what to plant .
 

zornt

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Many years ago public broadcasting had a series called Square-foot Gardening. There was also a book related to the series ( I can't remember the name of it)
One tip was to plant 144 spring onions in a 12 by 12 inch square.
Some of it seemed a bit wasteful though. Planting a lot of seeds like radishes then when they sprouted you raked over them to thin them out.
It dealt with raised beds and such.
Jon
 

Tengu

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Ive got a book on the subject...cant recall the title, Ill look it out.

I knew a man once who had a smallholding on a flat balcony.

Hutch of mini lops one end, Bantams the other, and some well netted pots (the livestock was loose on the balcony all day).

He then made a wee platform jutting out from the wall...on went a beehive.
 
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moocher

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Decent substrate, lot of watering, have you looked into vertical gardening as well?
I find Google images or Pinterest helpful for ideas.
 
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TeeDee

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Decent substrate, lot of watering, have you looked into vertical gardening as well?
I find Google images or Pinterest helpful for ideas.

Yes , I LIKE vertical gardening , mostly because its space savvy and it also means I don't have too bend over too often.
Hydroponics also interests me but set up can be pricey.

 

moocher

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Yes I prefer watering can as you can control the amount better, and Ives you chance check plants over for disease, bugs etc.