Last summer, before getting the winter greenhouse ready, we finished landscaping the yard into my new summer happy-place. Raised beds throughout, pea-gravel pathways, and space for fruit trees the next season. I was excited to plant but knew I did not have enough season left for anything other than a couple quick crops.
So I planted, and did enjoy a few refreshing snow peas and some early bush beans. But in planting, I realized all my planting experience was in the traditional rows. These were fine in my old tilled ground, but in the raised beds it felt like I was wasting WAY too much space. Short little rows limited by the bed sizes, lots of thinning wasted seedlings, and so much dead space between that I had to weed but got nothing from.
Which prompted me to start looking into what other people were doing in their raised beds. I loved the height of the beds and how clean they were, but why did the Pinterest photos look big and lush and full, and mine were…well…not?
Then I stumbled onto Square Foot Gardening. Things made sense! I added the book to my Christmas hints, crossed my fingers and waited. Continue reading