Here in Michigan, it has been a cold, snowy spring so far. My poor daffodils, tulips and hyacinths! However, the weather has finally turned into 50's and 60's. What a relief; I can't take much more winter weather in April!
Do you like to garden? I love to dig in the dirt and I have several perennial gardens. Every spring (delayed this year), I go "gung-ho" moving, dividing and/or weeding and always overdo it. But for me, the beauty for the rest of the summer is worth it! A few years ago, I decided I wanted to try vegetable gardening using a 4x8' waist-high raised bed. This will be my 6th summer using it and I love it. See above for a picture from last year. The height makes it so easy to weed and harvest! I have learned a lot through trial and error and no year has been the same. I prefer to keep my garden as "organic" as possible, so it's been interesting trying to find alternate ways to control bugs and weeds.
When I first started researching and learning how to vegetable garden, I came across a planning technique called Square Foot Gardening. It's perfect for raised beds because it tells you how many number of plants you can fit into a square foot to get the most produce! Here's a graphic that I use to plan:
If you want to learn more, here are some links and videos:
What is Square Foot Gardening?
Why Choose Square Foot Gardening?
Building a Square Foot Garden
Square Foot Gardening Mini Class Video
Gardening Tips and Tricks
Have you used the square foot gardening method? Please comment below. Thank you for reading!
Maria Walcott. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist "Extraordinaire" :) Nutrition "nerd". Essential oil educator. Love nature. Want to protect God's planet and help His people become their healthiest selves.