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Make an Easy, Cheap Square Foot Garden Grid (& Fall Gardening Update)

 

It may seem like a weird time of the year to be posting about how to make a garden grid as the majority of people are  probably winding down their gardening for the year. But with our move earlier this year and all that has been going on with that, we really didn’t have time to much of a garden this spring. I’ve heard that out here in Northern Texas fall gardening can actually be the best of all, so I’m giving it a shot!

I just got our new raised bed built according to the principles proposed in All New Square Foot Gardening. The basic gist of it is that you build a frame at least 6 inches deep, install weed cloth and fill it with a mixture of 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 coarse vermiculite and 1/3 compost. Once that is done you’re supposed to make a grid to divide the bed into 1 foot square sections. With square foot gardening there are no rows and there is also little to no weeding! :)

In the past I’ve always stapled string onto the frame of the bed to  make my grid, but eventually the string rots away and then you’re left with a bunch of useless staples. While waiting in line at our local Sprouts I was thumbing through Texas Gardener and saw a raised bed where they used arches and simply tied their grid material onto the little arch.
 I was able to get a box of about a bazillion of them for about 3 bucks with the nails at our local hardware store.  Now,when it needs to be replaced you can simply cut the string and tie on new string for an easy, quick and cheap square foot garden grid. I used yarn since its what I had on hand, but it would also work well with garden twine and I was even thinking of trying to use fishing line as a longer lasting alternative. 

The garden seems to be coming along so far. There are some small broccoli plants we bought…

 

beet seedlings of 2 different types. Ironically only 1 kind has sprouted.

Some spinach…

Kohlrabi sprouts of both the purple and green variety. If you’ve never had kohlrabi it is a crazy looking plant that is shaped like a ball with leafy sprouts growing out. This one is fun to grow simply for the cuteness. But, in my opinion it is delicious peeled and cut into wedges and served with a veggie dip. (See a picture of grown kohlrabi)

Itty bitty carrot sprouts of the tender sweet and red cored chantenay varieties

And one of my personal favorites- sugar snap peas!

Texas gardening is so different that what I’m used to! We’ve got some pretty succulents growing in the midst of a barren place. Isn’t it amazing how plants can flourish in all different conditions? These grow in such dry and parched conditioners and yet they are known as the icicle plant :)

One of the everbearing strawberry plants is turning out flowers in the midst of 100 degree temps…

 

I’ve been pinching off all the flowers to let the plants root, but decided to go ahead and let this little fruit form :)

 

Do you have square foot gardens? What do you use as a grid material?

 

 

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