Vegetable Plants Are In The Ground!

May 29, 2007

I missed my target planting date by two days due to deck building and thunderstorms. While it was raining I put together the last two 4’ x 8’ mini blind grids for my square foot garden. I ran out of brads to attach the criss-crossing blinds, used twist ties, ran out of those and pilfered a pipe cleaner from my nephew’s craft box.

Here’s the square foot garden with all three grids:

It’s a 8′ x 16′ space with the possibility of 128 squares. Since I needed to get in between the rows, I designed two 2′ by 7′ walkways which knocked me down to 100 squares. I reduced one of the walkways to 2′ x 6′ so that I could put in two more basil plants and now I have 102 squares.

The three grids are made of metal and plastic mini blinds held together by drilling a 7/64th inch hole at one foot intervals and attaching brads/twist ties/pipe cleaners.

The trellis is made of three 8′ heavy-duty t-bars and two 4′ x 8′ concrete reinforcement panels tied on with plastic zip ties. There is a full 16 squares along the trellis side to maximize the trellis space for my tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber and squash.

I use those three boards as a walkway so that I don’t have to step on the soil and compact it. I have a couple more boards that I’ll use in the other 2′ x 7′ area. Here’s the garden with grids and some of the plants:

Here is the list of all the plants I put in:


  • 1 Big Beef
  • 1 Juliet
  • 1 Mr. Stripey
  • 1 Chadwick’s Cherry
  • 1 Pomme d’Amour
  • 1 Gardener’s Delight
  • 2 Amish Paste


  • 6 Green Sprouting

Brussels Sprouts

  • 6 Cumulus


  • 5 Attribute

Green Pepper

  • 4 Bell Boy


  • 1 Suyo Long


  • 1 Butternut
  • 1 Black Beauty
  • 1 Sensation


  • 7 di Genova

Not all the plants have gone in yet. I was planting well into dusk last night amidst the mosquitoes and black flies. I still have the lettuce to plant and turnip, spinach, carrots, dill, and sage seeds to sow. I have at least 10 leggy tomato plants left over, maybe 3 zucchini, 5 cucumbers and a couple broccoli and cauliflower.

Here’s a shot of my companion planting after reading that basil planted near tomato plants enhances the taste of the fruit:

2 Responses to “Vegetable Plants Are In The Ground!”

  1. I just love these ‘square foot’ gardens…think I’ll do that next year! I’ll be back to see how you’re growing! Thanks.

  2. Tip on tomatoes…strip the bottom couple of branches off and bury deeply. New roots will form along the buried stem and they’ll flourish.

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