|View of my backyard from my sliding glass door|
|Closer view of my 4' x 4' garden|
Square foot gardening gets the name from the fact that you stake out the garden in 1 foot squares. So in my case a 4' x 4' garden has 16-1 foot squares. Each tomato plant is placed in the center of its own square. I planted four Delicious, one Mr Stripy, two Cherokee Purple and two Sweet Millions grape type tomato plants. I also planted a few Thai pepper plants. These little Christmas tree light bulb shaped fruits pack a punch of spicy heat and they are prolific producers. I also planted one Sweet basil, one Rosemary, one square of sweet corn and one square of Stevia rebaudiana or sweet leaf or just Stevia.
There were two elements to this bed that I overlooked but became apparent quickly. The first to become a problem was drainage. This loose sandy soil with all its amendments was placed into a bed I cut in the rocky clay of the lawn creating a bowl that holds water. This May, soon after planting my young plants, heavy rains came to my backyard. In four days 1.6" of rain fell. My bed was wet, really wet. My tomatoes began to die. I lost the Cherokee Black and several Delicious. I should have put in some kind of drainage or put up the money to raise the beds. I did neither and had to deal with the wet soil. I purchased replacements tomatoes but not the same variety.
|View of the North facing side|
|Northwestern most square planted with corn|
|View of corn square from the West|
|View of West side of 4' x 4' garden|
corn on right basil third sq from left Stevia on right
|View of South facing side|
Stevia on left, two Thai Peppers on right
Rosemary hidden beneath the vegetation second row back second column from left
|View of South facing side with indeterminate tomatoes in rear|
|Closer view of Thai Peppers on right|