Growing Vegetables in Winter


Frost will kill your exposed vegetable plants! We learnt this the hard way even though we planted what we thought were supposed to be “frost resistant” varieties. Our lettuce seed packet simply said that they were suitable for planting “All Year Round” and the image on the packet showed tick marks next to all four […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Can you start a Square Foot Garden in winter?


Once I get an idea in my head I have to do something about it – Right Now! Yes, I know I am impatient and yes I know it’s not always a good thing, but hey that’s who I am and I’m not apologising for any of it 😉 There is simply no way that […]

Before Photo’s of our Garden


I thought I might post a few photo’s of our garden before we started this little gardening adventure of ours. We have a very small garden with most of it being lawn (which we can’t really dig up since we rent and not own the property). We can however, replace a few of the flower […]

What is Square Foot Gardening?


Very simply put, Square Foot Gardening (SFG) is a whole new way of gardening, growing vegetables & fruits and contributing handsomely to the kitchen table even with the smallest of gardens at your disposal. The system adapts easily to all levels of experience, physical ability, and geographical location. You can now grow all you want […]

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