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
- 6 Cumulus
- 5 Attribute
- 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: