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Planning the Garden

We sat down recently and tried to tackle the planning for our garden this year.

Last year we lived in a tiny apartment and had only about 5×10 garden space. We grew tomatoes, peppers, carrots, onions snap peas, cucumbers, zucchini and lettuce. Of these listed vegetables we only had successful tomatoes, snap peas and lettuce. The rest were a flop!

We are so excited to have a 47’x30′ garden area!! It’s huge! We’ve decided to try using the Squarefoot Gardening technique in part of the garden. Hoping that this will cut down on the weeding and make it easier to harvest the vegetables. It sounds like a great way to go.

This is the space we have to work with:


Below are the two books that we used to do most of our research.

Next we sat down with graph paper and pens (we couldn’t find pencils anywhere in the house, this was a bad way to go!). About 2 1/2 hours later we had little to show for our time. We just couldn’t decide what to do. Finally we decided to stop over thinking it and came up with a plan. I broke out the laptop and decided to use my friendly


Excel program instead of graph paper. I’m not really a pen and paper girl, and I just love Excel! So we created a plan.



So we bought a bunch of seeds and will start some seeds inside soon.

We wanted to purchase our seeds from Seeds of Change and were happy to see that Space to Grow sold them!

I’ll be posting updates as we start our seeds inside and get the garden ready once it’s warmer outside.

Even Claire is getting in the gardening spirit – I wanted to get her excited about gardening so I bought her a little daisy plant at a craft store. She planted the seed a few weeks ago. We’ve been watering and watching the tiny pot every day. Last week to Claire’s surprise a sprout popped up!


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    February 24, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    This looks like so much fun! I’m jealous. I’m glad that you were able to find the Seeds of Change….I’m going to look for some and if it ever feels like winter will leave the Berkshires then I’m going to start some seeds on the back porch and try my hand at container gardening some vegetables in the front! We’ll have to keep each other motivated and let me know if I’m crazy even thinking about trying to container garden w/an infant!

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    Courtney Lewis
    April 30, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I’m going to do a big container garden this year. Any suggestions? My sister in law suggested Square Foot Gardening too. Did it work for you last year? I think I’m going to start slow this year. Tomatoes, herbs, cucumbers…maybe a few others. I bought seeds but didn’t start them early enough. 🙁 Maybe next year. I’m a newby so I’m not sure what I’m doing! Any suggestions would be great!

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