I have been talking some people recently who are doing square-foot gardening. They say that they have been getting some pretty amazing results. One guy who I have not met but is a friend of a co-worker is able to harvest some type of crop every month of the year. I live in zone 5 near Chicago so I think that’s remarkable.
One tip that I have regarding vermiculite is to look in the section where they sell home insulation instead of the gardening section.
My compost pile has not been active for long enough to have my own compost to use. Instead I bought mushroom compost. The bottom of my garden box is aligned with newspaper as you can see. This will help prevent weeds from growing through the bottom and eventually it will break down and allow worms to come up into the garden box.
I mixed the material directly in the box. The book, All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space! , recommends mixing the material on a tarp. I’m going to use that method when I setup my other garden boxes because they are going to be off the ground. But for this case it seemed to work just fine mixing the materials right in the box. I will be setting up my square-foot grids later this week and maybe even get the broccoli and scallion shoots planted.
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