My garden is all planned out! In fact I even bought all the seeds I need yesterday! YESSSS!!!!!!!!
I AM READY TO RUMBLE!!!
Wait- It’s still snowing.
Anyways, when ever it decides to stop all that crud I am ready to go!
Using SmartGardener again I planned out all the square foot garden beds. I am super excited for this year because I have increased the plantings using their Smart Squares add on. This add on is based on a square foot model for french intensive gardening, and it allows you to choose from either square foot spacing or the regular spacing for each of the plants commonly grown in square foot gardens. Last year there were some vegetables that I planted using regular spacing based on their program which wasted a ton of valuable growing space- broccoli being the main one.
With the Smart Squares you divide your bed into sections of mostly one square foot each areas and then plant vegetables in just the right amount of space they need as in basic square foot gardening. The main advantages of the square foot system are less watering (great for drought areas), easier weeding (no long rows to wander down and less light for weeds), and a greatly reduced overall workload.
I have tired to plant mainly using the square foot model on my own but there are discrepancies with how things should be planted when I looked them up. Having everything spelled out easily with the Smart Gardener plan makes it much simpler to plan ahead and have seeds on hand. I am also going to do more succession planting as well with thoughtful reminders from you know who!– Smart Gardener.
The diagram above shows the same # of plants that were planted last year using the smart square add on. You can see just how much left over space there really was.
The yields in the new garden plan are still based on the number of people in my household, 2 adults and 3 children but using the Smart Squares add on. Already the plan is going to have double the amount of yields than it did last year in the same amount of space. CRAZY! and Exciting!
New add ons also account for shade in the yard too. I think they have thought of almost everything for me. If they could email me when my garden was dry we would be all set! They are probably working on that.
Are you ready to dig in the dirt?
I am!!!!!!- you already knew that didn’t you. Sorry! :)