Saturday, March 13, 2010
We held a square foot gardening class this past week at the American Fork Library. It was very well attended. Some seasoned gardeners attended and shared some ideas that I am going to implement. Compost is easy to make and hard to find. You most likely have all the components needed in your own yard for a great compost. Save grass clippings and let them dry out then add them to a compost pile. I bought a big black compost bin at Costco last year, thinking it would work better, but it doesn't. I've gone back to a regular pile in the corner of the yard. If you don't have a corner, use a bucket on the back porch. Moving it often and keeping it damp is essential. Save all the leaves in the fall from your trees. They are my favorite compost ingredient. A man at the class said he fills a black trash bag with his leaves every year and keeps it for two years. He doesn't even move it! By the end of two years it is a black, lush fine compost! Just keep doing it and you'll soon have a supply of a ready to go nutrient filled compost! Here's a watering idea that was shared for square foot gardens. Coil a soaker hose around in a 4x4 box. Elevate the hose in several places with small rocks and the water will go twice as far.
Posted by Belinda at 7:20 AM
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Spring is a delightful time for planting! Temperatures are cooler for working outside, rainfall waters the garden for you. Some of our favorite vegetables are cool weather lovers. Plant from seed-leaf lettuces like romaine, bibb, and red leaf; spinach, cilantro, parsley, carrots, onions, garlic, and of course, peas. Sugar pea pods are delicious in a stir fry meal. In a square foot garden box, the soil softens and warms more quickly so you can start planting earlier in the Spring. If you have never tried spring gardening, now is the time! We can garden for nine months out of the year in Utah.
Posted by Belinda at 9:54 AM