Before Photo’s of our Garden


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our_gardenthumbI 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 beds running down the sides of the garden. We also have a couple of big trees and shrubs that are providing little too much shade at the moment so we’ll have to try and cut some of them back a bit too.

Our present ‘veggie and herb garden’ is a bit of a misnomer as we have only harvested about 4 strawberry’s, some mint and a sprig of parsley or three in the past two years.The four tomato plants are straggly and weak and due to the bad soil (we have never fertilised or otherwise tried to improve to soil), the leaves are yellow and bug eaten. The first two tomatoes appeared on one of the plants a few days ago (they must have realised that they were getting the boot ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) but they were immediately eaten by bugs. We are hoping that good companion planting combined with the perfect soil will prevent this happening in our Square Foot Garden boxes.

Yes, we also have cats (two of our own and 5 others in the same complex) which should make things interesting when we have to try and keep them out of our SFG boxes. We have a couple of tricks up our sleeves to help with that little problem but we’ll have to test a few of them first to see which ones work the best.

Here are a few photo’s of our garden before we started clearing to make space for the SFG boxes (click on the images to enlarge them):


We also have a covered ‘outside room’ that we are planning to convert into an semi-greenhouse. At the moment it is only used as a storeroom/workshop so we can also use it to house our seedlings before they get transplanted into the outside boxes. During winter we are also planning to have a few small SFG boxes indoors to protect them against frost. The room itself gets really cold in winter and the roof leaks a bit in heavy rain so we’ll have to find a way to keep it warm for the seedlings.

We have our work cut out for us, especially considering our previous track record with keeping plants alive ๐Ÿ˜‰ , but hey, if we can do it then I’m sure anybody can. Do you have a smaller garden that you would like to try a SFG box or two in? We would very much like to hear what ideas other people have come up with too so please leave us a comment below.

Happy gardening – Mark

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2 Comments on “Before Photo’s of our Garden”

  1. Shingi says:

    Hi Mike

    Love your site. Love SFG. Love planting stuff. Love harvesting stuff.
    Your outside room looks perfect!!!! I am currently using our spare room (about
    the size of a cupboard) as a seeding and germinating room – have just dumped
    a heater in there and a humidifier to get it more cosy – first lot of seeds
    has gone in and we wait and see.
    I have 700 square meters of garden (tinny tiny house) and have just converted
    some of it to raised vegetable beds – got a builder in to build the raised
    beds – was cheaper than buying wood. Anyway – am hoping to establish
    a micro farm for market gardening – we shall see.
    Good luck and once again – thank you for all the great info.

  2. Isabella Williams says:

    small gardens are very cute and does not cost much to setup-,.

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