Archive for April, 2009

Planting our first seedlings


We decided to first ‘sprout’ our seeds in small containers of vermiculite and then transplant them into normal seedling trays filled with Mel’s Mix once sprouted. When they are a decent size and a bit stronger, we’ll transplant them one final time into bigger pots and 25lt plastic drums. The indoor sprouting in vermiculite was […]

Installing our Square Foot Garden Boxes


Our plans are coming along nicely now. The boxes are built, the garden is cleared and most importantly… our Sphagnum Peat Moss has finally arrived – We can mix our perfect soil (Mel’s Mix) at last. After yesterdays little escapades in the garden (digging, cutting and clearing the garden), I’m not too enthusiastic about the […]

Choosing what to plant and where to plant it


OK, so you’ve built your boxes and grids, mixed your perfect soil and now you’re ready to plant some vegetables. Choosing what to plant in my Square Foot Garden, and where to plant it, gave me a few headaches. There are obviously two ways of approaching this – my way and then (quite possibly) the […]

Mixing Your Square Foot Garden Soil


A successful, flourishing and productive Square Foot Garden is quite easy to achieve, even if you ignore everything else except this advice: Don’t Skimp on the Soil! Quality soil is the number one reason that a garden succeeds. For years people have been trying to improve their existing garden soils by adding fertilizers, mulches and […]

Square Foot Garden Plant Spacing Guides


Now that you have your boxes built and the grids put on, it’s quite easy to visualise the plants growing in it. Maybe you’ve decided to have a trellis along the back or on the end of the box for your vine plants to grow vertically. A good idea is to have your vines at […]

Clearing the garden – Making space for our SFG boxes


Time to get down and dirty. Yep, our garden needs a bit of clearing if we want to make space for those new Square Foot Garden boxes of ours. Most of the cutting and clearing is small stuff, a few flowers and those pesky ferns that grow like weeds but there are a few bigger […]

I think we went a bit overboard on the seed


Really, I can be a bit impulsive at times. Kathy calls it something else entirely but I prefer “impulsive” thank you very much. We went shopping for seeds last weekend with a list that I had spent ages researching and drawing up. First, I drew up a list of all the vegetables that I could […]

Building our first Square Foot Garden Boxes


Well, we built our first Square Foot Garden boxes today and I must say that it was a little bit more involved than I thought it would be. Not to worry though, now that I’ve done it and ironed out most of the ‘kinks’ for you (and for myself for the next batch of boxes) […]

Planning Your Garden – Size


The three basic components of planning any SFG are: Size, Location and Design. In this first article I’ll talk about the number and the sizes of boxes that are recommended. Box Sizes and Quantity. This would depend on your reasons for starting a Square Foot Garden in the first place. If you simply wanted to […]

Building Your SFG Boxes


Square Foot Garden Boxes can be made from almost any untreated wood, stone, cinder blocks, bricks or even ‘man made’ wood and recycled plastic. We recommend using wood for your first SFG box as it is more portable, cheaper and easier to work with, although not as long lasting as brick or stone. Wooden boxes […]


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