Thursday, February 16, 2012

Southern Gardening Update

Hannah is doing a garden at her home in Florida.  Follow along as she plans, builds, plants, grows, and harvests her raised-bed square foot garden.

We are making progress on our square foot garden.  Last weekend my husband went to Lowe's (or Home Depot, can't remember) and bought two boards that were 8 feet long (12 inches wide).  He had them cut them in half right there for him, so he came home with four 4-foot boards for the sides of our 4x4 square foot garden.

He also bought the soil to fill the garden with.  The soil in our yard is pretty much just sand, so it's unusable for a garden (which is one of the reasons we chose to do a raised garden).  We are going to try to put together a version of Mel's Mix, which I've heard great things about (click on the link to read more about it).  Unfortunately, we don't have much of a compost so we'll have to find another source for that part of it.

I will try to get some pictures loaded next week when we get a chance to put everything together!  Right now our biggest dilemma is finding a place in our yard that gets good sunlight.  Our back yard is full of shade most hours of the day, so it's looking like we might have to build it next to the house, in front of our back yard fence (in full view of the street/sidewalk).  This doesn't bother me much but I hope our HOA doesn't have a problem with it!  I think we'll be fine. 

Are you doing a garden this year?  Abs is doing one too, so if you live in a colder climate like she does, you can follow along when she gets started soon!


Anonymous said...

Mel's Mix contains five different kinds of compost, so make sure you buy different kinds of compost.

It's probably be cheaper to use Mel's Mix, especially since you use the same soil year after year and only add a little more Mix when you plant a start.