It is past the end of the growing season here in Maine and the Square Foot Garden I planted on May 7 is done for the year. Unlike Calamity Jane I didn’t plant a fall garden this year, but I will say I was happy with the SFG this summer.
As a brief recap SFG is a raised bed garden system of 4’ x 4’ garden beds and laid out in a grid pattern with the vegetables growing in each square foot of garden. The initial investment in this garden was about $100 for two of them which included the lumber, the materials that made up the soil of the garden itself, and the seeds and starter plants.
How did my two gardens make out? Short answer: not bad at all.
I planted green beans, scallions, cherry tomatoes, green peppers, squash, broccoli, lettuce, swiss chard, and cucumbers.
Green beans were the star of the show this summer and I got a big pile of them out of the two square foot gardens I planted. The squash, chard, and scallions didn’t produce anything, but a nice surprise were the green peppers. I don’t think I’ve ever had one picked fresh and I was amazed at how crunchy and delicious these were. I had them in omelets and salads and wish I’d put in about ten or fifteen more plants. The next big producer were the cherry tomato plants. I’m not a big fan of tomatoes, but these were delicious and I ate them right off the plant. The lettuce also produced a fair amount and I enjoyed a lot of
salads due to them. The cukes did pretty good, but I left them on the vine too long and they went bad. (I thought they were going to get bigger. Live and learn!)
It probably cost about $100 to put in the two gardens using Mel’s method and that was starting from scratch. I bought fencing, soil, and the boards to make the raised gardens themselves. The biggest expense was the soil mix that he has you buy. The boards I used were just pine and I hope to get a few years out of them before they start to rot. Mel suggests that you don’t use pressure treated materials as the chemicals may leach into the soil.
I don’t think I got my moneys worth out of the garden this year, but next year I hope to add a couple more gardens and would like to do it a little cheaper than what he has you do in the book.
In addition to learning something about gardening I also got some delicious vegetables and experience on how to garden. I may add a couple of (small) gardens right on the deck next year and see how they do.
Next year I’ll plant more lettuce, tomatoes, green beans and cukes. I’d also like to try onions and see how they do in the raised beds. I’ll add a couple of more gardens for next year, which means I’ll have to add some more fence.
How did your garden do this year?