This is where I get out my fancy graph paper and actually draw our Square Foot Garden and plan precisely where each different type of vegetable/herb will go. Originally we had talked about growing awesome things like garlic and asparagus…only to find out that (1) we missed the boat on garlic. You plant it in October and harvest in July. Whoops. Then (2) asparagus is ca-ray-za-eeee. Mel suggests that you devote one entire 4×4 garden to growing it because it’s insane and can grow up to seven feet tall! Some people use it as hedges. Hedges! Sick. We quickly ix-nayed the asparagus idea.
So maybe we don’t know what we’re doing. Whatever. I’m sure we’ll learn real quick what works and what doesn’t.
We did try to simplify a little bit though and each came up with a pretty reasonable wish list of items:
- Potatoes – doh! Need to be planted somewhere else. See this.
Limes(what? I live in MT? Fine! No limes!)
From there, we just needed to figure out where it made sense to place the plants in our garden. We decided that plants with a longer growing cycle should be near the center because we wouldn’t be harvesting as much. Things like herbs and spinach should go on the outside to facilitate frequent clipage (is that a word?). I also wanted to incorporate some flowers to (1) attract some much-needed bees/pollination and (2) add some color to the garden. So I needed some squares for those as well.
Here’s what we came up with:
Ok, so if you read that closely you’ll see there’s a few out-dated ideas on there.
And I’m still concerned that I’m planting too many herbs in the garden, when I could easily just plant those in pots. Why waste valuable garden space on herbs when I could throw some more vegetables in there? So I’m still kind of on the fence with that one.
I’m sure things will change (plans always do, eh?) and I may even throw caution to the wind and plant some things on a whim. Who knows. We could get all crazy over here with our gardening. Ha Ha. In fact, in the week or so since we made this plan, it’s already on version 2. Check it out:
I tried to take advantage of some natural lighting coming through the window in that shot…..but it obviously backfired. So much for that idea. And I’m too lazy to retake the pic. Sorry.
So yeah…now all we need is the magical day of May 23rd to arrive and we can get some seeds in the ground! (May 23rd seems to be the day everyone around here agrees upon as the first “safe date” for planting)
Ok, I can’t lie to you. We got so excited about the garden that we actually already planted a few things. Just one square each of lettuce and spinach. But CHECK. IT. OUT. YA’LL.
That right there is spinach coming up. We’re pretty awesome. Thank you, I know.
Oh, and these went in the other day too:
I can’t help myself! I’m loving it. Plus aren’t dahlias so beautiful? I heart them.
No love from our taters yet, but I imagine those will take a while. Right now we’re just trying to be patient and entertaining ourselves by checking on the spinach every few hours (Still alive? Yep! Still alive! Phew.).
Next step is to plant, and I’ll be back with that update soon I hope!