Pennsylvania Square Foot Gardening Plan
Gardening year: 2012
Location: Knox, PA
Planting By Color: Blue/Maroon
2011 was the first year I had a garden. It was not really a failure, but it would certainly be an over-exageration to call it a success.
This year I will do better. I will spend less time reading gardening blogs and more time actually gardening. I will (get my husband to) build a fence at the beginning of the season and not wait until vermin have eaten off every sprout in the garden…twice.
I will not start and then transplant an entire package of tomato seeds just because they all sprouted. I will not plant 3 squares of radishes and I will pick them before they get too big. I will prune my tomatoes, who knew you were supposed to do that?
I will freeze or can what we don’t eat, not just throw it in the compost after it starts to smell (no more rotten liquified cukes YUK!) I will build trellises and use cages instead of letting everything go willy-nilly. I will mark and remember where I planted things so I don’t accidentally dig the lettuce seeds up to plant more radishes.
I will grow actual picking cukes for my pickle experimentation. I will pick my zucchini before it gets huge even though a huge zucchini seems like more of an accomplishment. I will not get emotionally attached and cry when small rodents eat my baby bean and pea plants.
I will just go in on the community sweet corn field that our neighbor does instead of trying to grow my own and feeding every deer and raccoon in the area. I will photograph the process. I will actually blog about my garden.
Here is a picture of the layout of our beds (the only photo taken of my first garden ever. sigh.)
My husband and I differ on gardening methods and plant choices. As a compromise, we stay out of each others gardens and keep most of our opinions to ourselves. It saves us a lot of trouble. If he doesn’t put in broccoli like he is currently planning on, I’ll replace two of my eggplant squares with broccoli. We also have a planter of mint, thornless raspberries in front of the house, and a formerly overgrown grapevine that I may have pruned too aggressively last week.
This is a chart/list of what all is going in. It’s helpful to see at a glance how many seeds to start and reminds me that 5 squares of Spinach will be 45 plants (maybe I need to rethink that….)
I have a few concerns/questions….
My husband thinks the peas planted with sunflowers will pull the flowers over. I just want to see what will happen. Any advice on not having my peas topple my sunflowers?
I’m worried that this may be an over ambitious plan fueled by spring fever and seed catalogs….. Are there any glaring mistakes or things that will be a problem?
Since this is only my second year trying this gardening thing any advice or suggestions would be appreciated. I have no real clue what I’m doing and will never learn if people don’t correct me when I do dumb stuff 🙂