Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Gardening System

It is this time of year that I start dreaming of spring and...gardening. This makes me laugh because I used to think I would NEVER garden. I wasn't any good at it. Then I found a system. I HEART SYSTEMS! Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew. (p.s. so many of you like my Speed Cleaning post that I am going to make demo videos. stay tuned for those...) So here is a tour of my gardens...

Boxes made of untreated 2X8 wood. Outsides painted white to appease the HOA - ugh. Wish I would have done the boards that aren't wood and need no maintenance. Oh well... On this side (sunny side) we have 3 of the 4'x4' then 2 3'x3' for the DDs. They each have their own box to take care of. On the shady side of the house we have two more for cool weather crops.

Last year we installed the trellis system. Growing vertically totally increased the amount of things you can grow. This year we are going to try melons. Hopefully it works...
Mel, has many other variations on this so that people in all stages and places can garden. You should check it out!

A closer look at how we set the netting up. This stuff is so strong. Just make sure it is secure in the ground so it won't tip.


  1. Oh my goodness...you have been blogging away! I love it! I've been too busy to get online, but I finally found time today, and I'm so glad I checked yours. You seriously do have the best ideas. I need to get into the speed cleaning thing. I know I read one of the books once that you recommended, but I need to actually implement it -- I think the laundry is my achilles heel, so I need to try your strategy. And I LOVE your solution for grocery shopping! My sister has 4 year old twins, and I remember her lamenting about how little room she had in the cart. I totally need to send her a link to your blog. She'll love it! And I'm going to start gardening as soon as I'm released from my calling. ;)

  2. I wondered where you were. I HEART your comments!! This weekend I am going to try to make Speed Cleaning demos. We'll see how they go... Thank you for commenting. It is comments that keep me going!