Apr 22

Inspire Me Monday: Square Foot Gardening

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For those of us who like things neat and tidy, including all of our outdoor “stuff,” square foot gardening is truly a joyous endeavor! Several years ago we had a lovely garden that included vegetables such as tomatoes, green beans, peppers, peas, cucumbers, zucchini, lettuce, and carrots. One of my little guys would stroll down the pathways between the raised beds and pick a pea pod off one of the plants, pop the peas in his mouth and toss the pod over his shoulder. From that day to this, I have fond memories of square foot gardening.

Garden with arborThen, for many years, we also had a beautiful herb garden. It was tricky keeping it from becoming overgrown, trailing across the lawn and up the fence, and tangling around the shrubs, but the vision of those gorgeous plants tumbling over each other and the delightful fragrance of all those different herbal smells, keeps me thinking that I would like to try that project again where we live now.

In that herb garden I had several varieties of mint, rosemary, sage, oregano, thyme, lemon balm, lavender, parsley, and a bunch of other stuff that I can’t remember. The mint can be very annoying as it will grow over everything else until you have tangled and twisted mint trails everywhere in your garden. It seems to keep things a bit tidier by putting the mint in containers to keep them under control.

Garden with potted plantsThis year we are planning to create a few raised beds for vegetables, but I’m thinking I would like to try herb gardening again. Every year when I had my other herb garden, I would enter a beautiful bouquet of my fresh herbs in the county fair and I always won first place . . . . because no one else in our little town grew herbs! So I’ve always been a bit on the edge of “typical,” but that’s OK – I was having fun.

So for today, I was thinking about getting out in the garden and starting a few new varieties of herbs, and then there are the window boxes that need to be filled, and the tomatoes that need to be planted, and so many more wonderful adventures that come into our lives with the arrival of spring. What are you doing this spring? I hope you share your latest inspiration so I can stop by and see what you’re up to these days!

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  1. NancyC

    I love those herb gardens you created–so pretty!

  2. Linda P

    I’ve been thinking about my garden for my little patio. I live in an apartment and only have a patio that is about 5 by 12. But I do get quite a bit of produce from the space. This year I want to try a new lattis and go “up” with my plants.

    P.S. visiting from Inspire me Monday.

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