|Just getting started
||[May. 1st, 2008|04:27 pm]
The Square Foot Gardening Community
Well, it was hell to track down everything I needed for the box, but my hubby built it and we filled it with Mel's Mixture.
I didn't plant anything, and now I'm glad of that because it is May 1st and we've had snow all day! What the heck!?
I'm actually afraid to start planting. I'm just scared about knowing when to plant and rotating and all that. I thought it would be easy - just throw the seeds in there and wait. But the book talks about rotating crops and replanting, and you can't have lettuce all year, etc.
I'm scared to start! But I really want to.
I think part of my problem is that I can't wrap my head around the global climate change. I live in Colorado. And when I was a kid, Spring was March, April, and May. And now, Spring is like...End of April, May. And then summer starts. Doesn't give me much of a growing season for the spring veggies, which I really want to grow! My hubby loves cauliflower and we like to have salads every chance we get.
I just need to dive in, but I'm just scared I'll do it wrong.
Just start, gardening is a life time of lessons. Keep a journal so you can remember yours, smiles.
^ I agree; definetly keep a journal so you have something to go on next year. I am still learning to relax about my gardening. I used to, and still do sometimes, pschye myself out! I think, what if I don't know what the hell I'm doing and nothing grows? So I totally feel you on that. But this is a leaning experience, and this is your first time planting a garden, right? So be easy on yourself, and you'll be surprised what you can grow!
As for Mel and this Square Foot Gardening, I have a few things to say about that. His book is what got me interested in gardening. I never planted anything until this year, and I have never even kept a house plant alive. Now gardening is a passion for me. So I'm grateful for that. But now that I've read other books also, I think he makes planting a garden sound way too scary and complicated. I built a SFG, and now I've also dug three in-ground beds. The Mel's Mix should be a great growing medium, so "just throw the seeds in there and wait!" As far lettuce, you can get varieties that can tolerate heat better than average, and with you being in what I think would be a cooler climate, you should be able to grow a heat-tolerant lettuce all spring/summer. As for succesive planting, you can just leave some squares empty and plant new seeds a few weeks after you plant the first ones.
Here's my SFG three weeks after I planted it! http://my-black-thumb.livejournal.com/8095.html
I was exactly that way. Then I went -- um, hey, seeds are cheap. :-) If something doesn't grow, you can do something else in that square.
The other day, my niece came with me to help in the garden, and before I knew it, she had "weeded" all the carrot sprouts out of one square. Oh, well, I just let her choose what to plant in their place. :-)
A gardening journal is definitely the way to go. Just don't leave it in the garage and then set wet boots on top of it!