Survival Gardening–More from My Square Foot Beds

Both square foot gardening beds in early June in anticipation of an intensely grown survival gardening harvest.
Both square foot gardening beds in early June in anticipation of an intensely grown survival gardening harvest.

 

My 4' X 4' square foot gardening bed with young black-eyed peas, popcorn, bush delicata squash and okra.
My 4' X 4' square foot gardening bed with young black-eyed peas, popcorn, bush delicata squash and okra.

 

My 4' X 6' square foot gardening bed in early June with tomatoes and beans.
My 4' X 6' square foot gardening bed in early June with tomatoes and beans.

 

My friend Gerald thought one square foot gardening bed wasn’t enough for me, so he helped me build a second one. It’s four feet by four feet, as Mel Bartholomew prescribes in All New Square Foot Gardening. The lumber isn’t as thick, but it’s wider, which makes the bed look deeper and gives me room to build up extra soil and compost.

The second bed uses genuine Mel’s Mix, rather than soil we mixed from the recipe in the book. We also put black weed fabric underneath as Mel Bartholomew recommends.

 

Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

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