Wonder in the Woods

Living and Learning in the Pacific Northwest

Spring Planting

This is our first year to have an early spring garden.  The raised bed Square Foot Garden worked so well last year and was easy to prepare again this year.   I did a double digging technique like in “How to Grow More Vegetables…” which is my all time favorite gardening guide.

Yesterday, it took me an hour and forty minutes to prepare a four-foot by four-foot bed.  We got Territorial Seeds this year because we want better germination rates.  We also got Harvest Guard fabric as recommended by our local garden center.  It it supposed to hold in some warm and let the sun and water through. It will also help keep the chickens out of the garden, I hope.

The boys were very excited to help.  I showed them some math with planning the garden and explained why the hexagonal plant spacing works so well.  I compared it to cookies on a baking sheet.  They always understand cookie math.

hexagonal spacing (Jeavons)

Hexagonal spacing diagram from How to Grow More Vegetables… (Jeavons 2006). The spacing between plants is equivalent within and between rows, forming a hexagonal lattice of tightly-spaced plants.


We used wood pieces to mark out our garden.  We bought broccoli starts and seeds for everything else.


Wet weather did not stop us from planting.





Next up, burn the big brush pile on a dry day.

4 comments on “Spring Planting

  1. Deb Schmdit
    March 7, 2013

    Where’d you get the broccoli starts? Sunny days so make me want to garden. We can do some things, but historically (Kevin has recorded our rainfall and temps since we moved to Shady Creek Farm in June of ’88) we freeze ‘hard’ until the end of May…………Kelby wants to start a potato barrel soon, though.

    • Wonder in the Woods
      March 7, 2013

      Garland Nursery has them. We had frost last night so I need to check to see if they made it. A potato barrel sounds interesting!

  2. Gina
    March 8, 2013

    I love how you used the yellow and blue math blocks to mark where the starts go.

  3. Linda
    March 8, 2013

    I love your comment that your boys, “always understand cookie math”!

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