Monday, March 25, 2013

All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew

Mel Bartholomew is famous for his Square Foot Gardens, and in All New Square Foot Gardening, he gives us the tools we need to have the garden of our dreams. Pictures, easy to follow illustrated instructions, tips and tricks... regardless of the level of your gardening expertise, this is a must have book!

We live in the High Desert of Southern California where the soil is either sandy or like clay. We haven't had much success with our gardens in the past, but this year we got serious and decided to go with container gardening, and we are so, so glad we did!

Because of the harsh climate here we decided to use cinder block instead of wood for the containers. Not only will it hold up better, it's cheaper! We also had rich, garden soil brought in to replace what nature gave us.

The openings along the sides of the cinder blocks will hold marigolds, strawberries, chives, and other plants that don't require a lot of room. The marigolds will help deter certain pests, while also attracting bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies which will help pollinate the plants. 

 Our  Grandsons Helping Out!


4x4 Planter Squared Off and Drip Lines Ready to Use

This area will have tomatoes and pepper plants. It's our salsa container! 
Our Square Foot Garden Ready to Plant!

 I'll update with photos throughout the season, so stay tuned!

No comments:

Post a Comment