There are a lot of new trends in home gardening. One of the more recent is the all new square foot gardening. This technique can not only be a cost saving but it can also save you a great deal of time as well. There are a few things you should know about this method before diving in. With these gardening tips you can make your all new square foot garden the envy of your friends. Square foot gardening has many advantages.
First, it is a great way to have a more uniform garden because of the uniform spacing of the plants. Square foot gardening is basically the practice of dividing a large growing space into several smaller square sections, usually one foot (30cm) wide, thus the name. When planting, it is important to space your planting so they are about equal in size. This will prevent any plants that tend to grow taller than others. With all new square foot gardening, you may want to include a trellis system to give your seedlings a nice height to stand above the other plants.
There are several tools that can help you maintain your uniform planting height. A string line, a trellis or even a raised bed will keep your plants uniform in height. If your soil is sandy, adding organic amendments such as grit or sand will help to break up the soil and add nutrients to it. Plants do better in loose soil that is well-drained. You should keep in mind that most plants will need a feeding once a month, so plan your planting areas and the frequency of your seeding accordingly.
If you are new to gardening and just need a small plot to grow your first crop, you can grow vegetables in squares by first setting a series of pots on a raised bed. After you have decided on the size of the plot and have chosen the plants you would like to grow, place the pots in the row you have chosen. The row should be one-fourth of an inch deep. When your crops have grown in the pots, remove them and plant your seeds in their designated spaces. Your garden will grow at this pace until the end of the growing season.
It is easier to make your plants grow up in the north side of your home because you can see them at all times during the day. However, if you want to grow veggies in the south side of your home, you have to plant them in a separate area. Most of your plants will probably need to be divided regularly and placed in containers. For larger plants you can also use stakes to provide a steady support for them.
Most square foot gardens take about six weeks to reach full bloom. This is true for all plants, not just those grown in pots. If you do not have the time to wait out the growing season, there are other options. You can divide your plants into two groups: the formal beds and the informal beds. Fertilizer can be added to the formal beds to increase the yield of your informal beds.
Planting seeds is a very easy task if you plan ahead. Make sure that each group of plants are planted on a firm foundation. This can be built up with dirt or sand. It is important to not compact the soil too much before planting seeds. If the soil compacts too much it can be difficult for seeds to germinate.
Some of the most common weeds in all kinds of gardens are: beans, beets, tobacco, cinquefoil, blue corn, butter beans, cabbage and dandelion. Be careful when using pesticides and fertilizers. Always read the directions and follow them closely. Wearing gloves and working in groups can help reduce the risk of getting weeds. You should also check with your local nursery to learn more about which weeds are most common in your area.