I am so ready for Spring, aren’t you? The sun came out on Friday of last week and I found myself at Lowes in the garden area! I think half of the city of Fredericksburg was there. The other half of the city was out jogging or walking their dog!
I made a decision to begin my garden from seeds this year. I thought it would be less expensive and more rewarding. I will admit, I have always used starter plants for my vegetable garden, so seeds will be a new experience. I am looking forward to it though.
So far, I have spent less than $100.00 on my garden. This amount includes the material for the raised bed (read about it below), the soil and the seeds. I don’t think I will have to spend much more than $50.00. I am keeping a running tab and will share the final cost with you.
I will also be calculating how much I harvest and what the cost comparison of home grown versus store purchased.
I will be growing potatoes this year – this is on the urging of Big. I am not really sure why, but Big feels we must grow potatoes! I recently purchased a bag of seed potatoes in preparation. Did you know a 3 lb bag of seed potatoes will yield about 30 – 40 pounds of potatoes? With this in mind, I think I will try three different varieties. I love red potatoes and fingerling! Of course, you must have the good old russet too!
While at Lowes, I managed to only purchase two starter packs of veggies before I pulled myself away and headed to the lumber department. There I purchased a 2X8X16 piece of wood. I had the lovely gentleman at Lowes cut it into 4 pieces. These became the sides of my 1st raised square foot garden.
I wish I had a great tutorial to show you about building a square foot garden. It is very hard to take photos and do the manual labor at the same time! So I hope this will help you.
|2″X8″X4′ boards, bracket, screws (came in the bracket package) screw driver|
I am pretty anal when it comes to building something. I make sure I have everything laid out in front of me. (I cook the same way!) I don’t want to stop and run to fetch a nail, hammer or anything else when I am in the “Builder Bob” zone!
|Screw the bracket at the end of the 4′ piece of wood, using the screws provided|
I didn’t get a photo of the next steps, sorry. I screw two brackets at one end of each piece of wood, while the wood is lying flat on the ground. Then I stand the boards up on their 2″ side and place them together to create a box and connect the pieces together.
|Here is the completed box. I didn’t plant the snow!|
Since the screws are not very long, only about an inch, be careful if you have to move the bed. I had help picking it up and placing it where I wanted it. I am sure there are better ways to do this, but this is how I do it.
Next, I lay 4 or 5 layers of newspaper on the ground inside the box. Then I mix about 8 bags of top soil and 2 bags of manure. Then plant! So far there is nothing in the bed. As soon as it warms up a bit, I will get to planting.
I will be starting some veggies indoors in a couple weeks. Just before they are ready to transplant I will build another one or two raised beds. I am also going to build some potato towers. I can’t wait.
I found this video and I think it is a great idea! I believe I will give it a try and grow some beans and cucumbers using this method.
Straw Bale Gardens – Click on this to read more about it
What is your favorite way to grow vegetables? Any great tips or tricks you would like to share?
I would love to hear about your gardening experiences! Do you have any favorite gardening web sites? What is your favorite vegetable to grow? I want to hear it all!