Living and Learning in the Pacific Northwest
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 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.