Square foot gardening rebuttal
was thrilled when Ron wrote me an email to tell me the other side of
the story on square foot
of the images here are of Ron's garden, which he describes as follows:
I feel you’re a little harsh on square foot garden method.
Maybe in your permaculture centered / deep woods homesteading environment, it’s not very effective. But I live in “yuppieville” and we can’t use what “don’t fit in.”
I hear constantly about property values. My neighbors pray to the ChemLawn Gods. “Why grow your own when a grocery store is a half mile away.” So sayeth the neighbors.
This started four years ago and I reside in Upstate NY.
While I live in suburbia, I have “pest” problems. Cats, dogs, grackles, squirrels, possum, raccoons, even deer. Thus the covers made with PVC and Insect screening. Keeps out most problems. Even torrential hail!!!!!!
Our heavy clay soil that turns into muck in the rains. Full of rocks and gravel. Bad bugs aplenty and I don’t use pesticides. PLUS feet and feet of snow!
Having absolutely NO garden knowledge, I recalled PBS show, Square Foot Gardening. Started with first 2 – 4’x4’ beds. Amazing success. Second year, added 4 more, 4’x4’s and a pea bed 2’x8’.
Such a success, 3rd year, I added, 6 – 3’x8’ beds (not in photo). I also use containers. This year, I added 2 - 28”x5’ tabletop garden beds on sawhorses (used for specialty greens and mesclun). Many additional trellises as I try to “grow up.”
Each year I add more compost. Also add other supplements such as Alpaca manure, greensand, kelp, and biochar. Studying remineralization. I keep detailed notes each year. I rotate crops / beds.
Pro vs. Con – every method has some of both. Great for beginners!!!! Cons – getting materials, costs, and very addicting!!!!
My goal is to try replicating the “Urban Homestead” as outline by the Dervaes Family in the “Path to Freedom." Like them, will take years. Are you familiar?
Also a strong follower of Mother Earth News. Have been since a teenager.
I love growing a wide variety of specialty items I can’t afford to buy / refuse to pay the price for. Asparagus was great last night!
I’ve attached latest layout in .pdf format [one page of which is reproduced above].
Hope this changes some of your thoughts.
Hot weather is on its way. Install an automatic chicken waterer now and beat the heat.
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