My Square Foot Gardening Blog

Building the Raised Beds

Declan and I went to Lowes one night and we picked out some wood to build our raised boxes. I decided to go with untreated 2x6s. I read online that treated wood treated after 2008 would be safe to use for a garden but not really being sure I went ahead and got untreated. In Mel Bartholomew’s book he said that 6” is all you need for a square foot garden. We do have plans to fill the boxes with Mel’s Mix. I found that you can buy that online but not sure if I just won’t mix my own. We ran out of time making the boxes so I only got one done. I will make the other 4x4 raised bed hopfully this weekend.

Mel’s Mix

  • 1/3 vermiculite
  • 1/3 peat moss
  • 1/3 compost

Making Room

Teagan and I worked for a few hours in the after noon to remove 4 of the shrubs from the southern side of our house. As we were pulling them out a few things were going through my mind. I’m getting excited to get this garden started and eat some of the fresh vegetables. Also the bushes whatever kind they were attracted a lot of bees and hopefully we have a few less around the house.

Shrub Removal

This is the southern side of my house. We have a few bushes that grow along that side. I’ll have to pull them to make room for the raised beds. The thought is that we will do 2 raised beds this year so I won’t need to pull the whole row out. Just 3 or 4 at the end.

Starting Out

I’ve started my garden out by reading Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew. One of the important things to do in that book is to pick a location for your gardnen. I have a few large trees in my back yard and I’m afraid my backyard won’t get the 6-8 hours of sunlight needed for a garden. The south facing side of my house should get a plenty of sunshine. There is a tree off in the distance that could cause some early morning shadows but otherwise I think it will be a good location.

We have plans to do raised bed boxes and are thinking two 4x4. This year has been a record year for cold. I’m new to this gardening thing and wanted to get setup as soon as I can. I will post as things start to come together.