- Gardening Year: 2013
- Location: Plainfield, IL
- Planting By Color: Green
Hello all. Last year, even though I got off to a very late start it was my first attempt at SFG. This year I plan to do things better and get started with a good plan first. My family is in the SW burbs of Chicago in Plainfield, IL and we have decided to get more involved with gardening.
Last year we started off with 2 3 x 6 boxes. With the late start and us learning, we did a lot of trial and error not to mention we pick a very hot and dry summer to start. We did end up with some nice lettuce, greens (mustard and turnip) along with banana peppers (favorite when pickled). The other peppers were just so so and the same goes for the corn. As for the tomatoes, we gave each (Big Beef and Roma) 4 squares, but should have probably gave them each 9 as they were huge. We did get lots of great fruit from each, but placement has to be better this year.
Here’s a review of the garden in pictures:
This year, we are adding 2 4 x 8 boxes each with a trellis as described by Mel. Currently I am thinking of alternating squares on the trellis, but I’m having second thoughts and thinking of grouping what I have on the trellis, but keeping the cucumbers in separate boxes and pruning the Big Beef tomatoes.
I tried to color code my plan as well with Blue/Greenish for cool weather and Orange for summer crops. The light vs dark shade is so that I plant similar crops 1 – 2 weeks apart.
Any feedback and/or suggestions would be great.