- Location: North East Texas
- Gardening Year: 2013
- Planting By Color: Red/Navy
I am Brenda and I am a square foot gardener. I live in a small town in North East Texas. I have always loved gardening, but raising kids, pursuing a career, 23+ years as a youth camp sponsor for my church, VBS, and life have gotten in the way of my pursuit of the perfect garden spot. Life is slowing down. The kids are gone too far away to even make it home on the weekends. We just moved into a new house with a new yard that needs a lot of work. So, it is just time to start serious gardening again.
Thirty years ago, I discovered Mel Bartholomew’s square foot gardening method. It suited me perfectly. I recently read Mel’s second book revealing new ideas and improvements to his system. Then I journeyed to the internet to learn more and I found Emily’s blog. I have spent hours reading some of the guest posts, so I decided to try t0 share my garden with others.
My husband has been a big help building all the structures I have needed and helping make the dirt. I am calling this year phase 1 and plan to start with six 4×4 squares. At this time we have the first three squares up and growing. We made our dirt using Mel’s mix recipe: 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 compost and 1/3 coarse vermiculite. We used four different types of compost: composted cow manure, composted chicken manure, and two other types of unknown composted material.
Mel’s mix recommends using five different types of compost so you get all the nutrients. Since I only found four different types, I am a little nervous that my soil may not have the correct balance of nutrients. After reading some of the other gardeners blogs, I think I have decided to get Texas A&M to do a soil analysis. Has anyone ever done this? I have done some soil tests with the kits from the garden store, but they were hard to understand. In the meantime, all the plants look really healthy. I have planted spinach, four kinds of lettuce, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, onions, chives, parsley, and sugar snap peas.