Survival Gardening–My Square Foot Beds in Early August 2010

One of my most popular blog posts recommends getting All New Square Foot Gardening for your survival library. No doubt there’s an interest in square foot gardening.

Though I’ve always gardened intensively, mostly in containers and grow bags, 2010 is my first year growing in square foot gardening beds. You can view one of my earlier updates here.

The pictures below were taken late in the afternoon of August 4th, 2010.


Square Foot Bed 2, Aug. 4, 2010
Popcorn, black-eyed peas, squash, okra and sage in this 4' x 4' bed.


This is the bed I’m most proud of. It’s filled with popcorn interplanted with black-eyed peas. A row of squash is in front of the popcorn, and okra plants are at the front. A sage plant is in the front left corner.

Wind from storms has blown down the popcorn, so it’s not standing as tall as it might. The okra may have been planted too late to come to full maturity before it cools off. These plants have all thrived in the hot, tropical jungle-like weather we’ve had much of the summer.


Square Foot Bed 1, Aug. 4, 2010
Green beans and puny tomato plants in this 4' x 6' bed.


This bed contains Hurricane and Provider green beans as well as revoltingly puny tomato plants that have never done well. The tomato stakes should be invisible, covered up by this time with a wall of tomato plants, but I may have gotten bad plants to start with. I’m just not sure.

The Hurricane beans have produced nearly all summer, with the exception of during the hottest weather in July. The provider beans were planted in mid July, replacing King of the Early beans, which had run their course and didn’t do as well as hoped. Also, Sunday I planted a dozen Dragon Tongue seeds back among the tomatoes.

If you follow Mel Bartholomew’s instructions in All New Square Foot Gardening, you’ll produce more in a small space than you might imagine.



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.