We finished the bulk of our square foot garden preparations on Monday. The weather was lovely and rain was in the forecast for the rest of the week, so it was crunch time.
We started by attaching trellis frames to the back of each square. As we worked, I noticed that one of the beds was particularly shaded so I opted to move it into a sunnier spot and remove its trellis.
After Teal and Pintail determined how much soil we would need by calculating the volume of each box, we went to the local garden shop and bought our soil components; compost, vermiculite, and peat moss. Mixing them together in the beds was dirty work, but I think everyone enjoyed being up to their elbows in the soil. (Note; I don’t have pictures of the real hands-on mixing because it was hands-on.)
All we have left to do is nail the wood on to divide our beds into sixteen squares, plant seeds, and cover the beds with netting to keep the birds and deer out. As I mentioned yesterday, our first seedlings died, but I’m still hoping we have time to get a few vegetables this year at least!
Do you grow from seeds? Do I need to invest in grow lights? Is there a website you can recommend that has outdoor planting dates for Utah? I have been going by the information on the left side of the Utah Seed Exchange website.
Have a terrific afternoon!