My 2013 Square Foot Gardening Plan
Honestly, this year I’m feeling so behind, a day late and a dollar short (Donny and Marie, anyone?), not at the top of my game. But then I take a deep breath and remember that gardening is very forgiving. Forgot to start those seeds? Just buy transplants. Forgot to plant peas early? Plant them later for the fall. Plans can always be adjusted, and there’s always something you can grow right now.
Once I remove all the pressure to do everything all the time, I remember that I love to garden and I start to enjoy it again. So here is my 2013 garden plan:
Some items to note:
- This is the first time in YEARS that I’m planting corn. I couldn’t resist! I am hoping that adding fertilizer (which I did not do last time) will improve my yield.
- One of my readers gave me some heirloom tomatoes. Excited for pink and purple!
- I am trying out a new salad garden plan in my north-west bed. I’ve got lots of succession planting going on–first, radishes, then peppers; replace turnips with green onions, etc. I’ll let you know how it goes.
- I’m really excited about growing squash and pumpkins over my new trellis. I got them in way too late last year, and only had one pumpkin.
Best of luck!
Hi Emily. We have 2 empty raised beds to plant up when I have finished removing the stones and roots. I will be having a close look at your SFG plan Emily as it looks like a brilliant idea. I wish I had found out about SFG before we planted up our other 3 beds. Wish me luck as this is all new to me ! Take care now. Marion x
I used to scatter everything around, and you can if you want to. But I find it easier to tend to everything when it’s together. I haven’t had a major problem with pests.
I love your garden plan! I have a question though, because I am still just learning about SFG… I thought I read that there shouldn’t be any of the same plants in adjacent squares to help resist the creepy crawlies that can destroy the harvest. Have you not had an issue with bugs? I’d love to grow all of my same plants together as well, so I am just curious.
I’m feeling behind, too. Last year, spring came so early and I was completely unprepared. This year, I started seeds of my cool season crops right on time … only to have snow on the ground and lows in the teens through the end of March. I’m going to get the garden started in earnest this weekend and I’m just hoping they’ll be enough spring weather to get broccoli, cabbage, and peas to maturity before it gets really hot.
Your garden plan looks great, Emily! What variety of squash and pumpkin are you growing? I hope you’ll post updates through the summer because I’m eager to see how the trellises work for you. 🙂
For the green onions and spinach in the top row, I’ll harvest plants from the inside out–so I have room to plant tomatoes and cukes. As those grow I will harvest the rest of them. For the radishes, I’ll do the same to plant peppers. All the rest, once they are done producing, I just pull them out, add a little compost and fertilizer to that square, mix it in and then replant another veggie. I have somewhat of a plan, but I’m actually testing it this year.
Last year our weather started to be really nice in February, this year it’s April and there is still snow on the ground in my garden. It’s making me feel really behind just like you. At least this year I have my bed built, unlike last year since it was my first year gardening. It’s still so cold out, I wonder if I am going to be able to ever start my garden this year. I guess like you said, there will be things I can plant, and I’ll probably just end up buying my plants since I didn’t get anything started indoors.
That looks amazing!
When you succession plant, do you wait to pull out everything in a spot before reseeding with something new, or do you replace the seeds with new crops as you harvest?