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Thursday, February 13, 2014
Thinking Ahead to Spring
In my neck of the woods, we are snowed in with ten inches of snow with a nice half inch of frozen rain enclosing the wet snow. We're all here, and our smarter horses and livestock are spending the day in the stalls. I'm tired of mucking, and shoveling and snow finding its way into my boots and so I thought I might look forward, just a bit to Spring.
If done correctly, a fair amount of fruit and vegetables can be grown in raised specially mixed soil. The amount of yield using this method, for an entire season can be startling.
This method boasts:
20% of the space
10% of the water
5% of the seeds
2% of the work
with none of the expected weeds !
I can't tell whether these are pressure treated lumber, but I suspect not. In the American South or places where termites eat mailbox posts for lunch in two weeks, I suggest you use pressure treated lumber which can last beyond one growing season before being decimated.
These pictures were generated by the Square Foot Gardening Foundation. They also have some excellent pages in pdf form with directions as to how you can grow many important foods in a square foot format, even if the land you have available to do so is quite limited. There are some pleasant surprises at the link below:
The Square Foot Gardening Foundation
We may be smack dab in Winter and freezing in our boots, but Winter always gives way to Spring and then it's time to consider all the wonderful things we need to do in the sunnier seasons of our lives.