Saturday, May 16, 2009

Keeping Up with the Dicksons.... (Not Possible!!)

I've been watching with interest as my cousins Roy and Karen have built, planted (and probably by now harvested!), their square foot garden. I was really interested because we wanted to try doing one this year as well. So, here is our beginning attempts.
First we built our frame. In our case it is 4ft X 7 ft. It's 7 feet long because that is the length of the scrap lumber we had here at the house. 4 feet wide because 2 feet is all the further we can reach:) We built the grid and placed it on top. Underneath are a couple of layers of cardboard and then some weed barrier. We are putting it in our regular garden. We filled it with our soil mixture. 1/3 coarse vermiculite, 1/3 peat moss and 1/3 compost.

Then Laurence watered it in good. The wind was blowing so we wanted to get it watered in quickly so we didn't lose too much of our light weight materials.

Here it is, about 1/2 planted. If you look closely in the lower right you will see a square foot of onions. Hopefully someday we'll have 28 squares that are up.....
I did cover it for the first week or so with black plastic so the soil would warm faster. Then to top it off, Wednesday we got about 3" of snow.... Mother Nature is just a barrel of laughs!!
To show just what a sense of humor Mother Nature has, we are forecast to get about 30° tonight. So, to make life more fun, I moved all my bedding plants into the living room. What a day!

Yes, we do live here as well!!

This is my herb garden. I've been working hard on it this week. Mainly what you could see before was grass and morning glory (the weed, not the flower!!). Boy am I envious of Viv getting a pickup load of shredded bark for just dollars. I'm not telling how much each bag of this cost me!! Let's just say I'm glad Laurence loves me!!


  1. Hey, congratulations! That's so fun that you were able to get one started. I'll be anxious to see how it does. I've been having lots of fun with ours. I still need to transplant a couple of things, but most everything is up now. And we're supposed to get up to 90 degrees here the first of the week.

  2. Wow! You have been working hard. I can't wait to see how it turns out when the weather warms up. :)

  3. looks like you are having to much fun! can't wait to see more pics when everything starts to really take off.

  4. You have snow, Roy has 90`weather, Jamie has tons of non-stop rain, we have 10-20 degrees below normal..... I think you may need that cute garden!
    The herb garden is beautiful.

  5. I am exhausted just by viewing your pics. (giggle) I can't wait to see all your goodies this year.
    -- carmen


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