Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Display results as :


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Bryan Greenbeard of Minnesota's 2017 Plans
by sanderson Today at 3:33 am

» Maritime SGFG 2017
by sanderson Today at 3:29 am

» Strawberry protection
by sanderson Today at 3:27 am

» Using Eggshells for your garden
by sanderson Today at 3:22 am

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by sanderson Today at 3:17 am

» Natural Dying ~ The Thyme to Dye is Coming!
by sanderson Today at 3:06 am

» Planting for the trellis
by sanderson Today at 2:57 am

» Spring BBQ day
by sanderson Today at 2:55 am

» New England May 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:54 pm

» Tips for compost tumbler
by jimmy cee Yesterday at 9:13 pm

» Turan in the Western Mountains
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:17 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in May 2017
by Fiz Yesterday at 8:17 pm

» N&C Midwest: May is here! 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:14 pm

» Dandelions - I cut this out of a magazine when I was a teen-
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:02 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 5:00 pm

» Watering System -- Finally!
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 3:49 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 3:43 pm

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by Turan Yesterday at 10:44 am

» Slugs and stuff
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 9:56 am

» surprising results from soil test
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:29 am

» New in Tennessee
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:23 am

» Netting as Barrier
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:20 am

» Bumble bees In Trouble
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:08 am

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by Cajun Cappy 5/22/2017, 10:27 pm

» What region am I in now?
by CapeCoddess 5/22/2017, 3:54 pm

» Get Moving!
by trolleydriver 5/22/2017, 12:14 pm

» Friday Rookie Topic: Edible Flowers
by BeetlesPerSqFt 5/22/2017, 11:39 am

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by sanderson 5/22/2017, 2:25 am

» Garden pics from S/W Illinois
by yolos 5/21/2017, 4:57 pm

» Row Cover Material - garden blankets
by sanderson 5/21/2017, 1:44 pm


Search SFG Forum

2017 Garden Plan in Washington

View previous topic View next topic Go down

2017 Garden Plan in Washington

Post  tpeila on 4/5/2017, 9:59 pm

I have had gardens in the past but used to having ample room. This year I rented a plot at the local community garden so I have a 4'x12' plot. So I am trying SFG. I've always wanted to try it so now I am!

This is my plan - I "think" I have it dialed in but looking to get input. Not trying to figure out succession planting which I have never done. I live in 8b zone. Seeds will be here Friday so will start many of them indoors. I plan on putting the lettuce under the cucumbers in kind of an A-frame the thing. And really the zucchini will probably only be 1-2 plants since they take up so much room unless I can train them vertically.

Oh the potatoes are a tower as are the strawberries too

Last edited by sanderson on 4/6/2017, 2:17 am; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : Mod edited title and moved thread to PNW Region)

Posts : 1
Join date : 2017-04-05
Location : University Place, WA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: 2017 Garden Plan in Washington

Post  ralitaco on 4/5/2017, 11:57 pm

First of all WELCOME TO THE FORUM from coastal NC.

You have definitely come to the right place to get insight, input and to share what you know from your past gardening experiences. While there are many differences b/n SFG and row gardening, your past gardening knowledge still be very useful.

As for your plan, I love the icons. I was able to figure out most of them. Very Happy
I am not the best to make suggestions as I am still learning myself. With that said, I am concerned about your Zucchini. It looks like you are planning on planting 4 in 6 squares. In my limited experience, I have seen 1 zuke take up 4 squares by itself. Now I have had success planting 1 zuke in 2 squares in the outer squares so I could "train" it to grow over the edge.

You also may want to move your cucumbers to the end of the bed with the beans or peas so you can put up a trellis for them to all climb up.

I will bet someone will say something about your strawberries. I think they like to put out runners and sprawl.

Another thing to consider, watch your placement of tall vs short plants. I think I had issues last season with some plants being shaded out to oblivion.

Lastly, which way is North in relation to your bed.

Best of luck, post pictures and I look forward to seeing how things progress.
I KNOW that others will chime in because this forum has the best people on it.

Male Posts : 1043
Join date : 2010-04-04
Location : Hampstead, NC

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: 2017 Garden Plan in Washington

Post  sanderson on 4/6/2017, 2:16 am

Tpeila, Welcome to the Forum from California!  glad you\'re here  My husband and I lived for a year at Fort Lewis in 1970-71 and I remember that the summer was 3 months long!  As Ralitaco mentioned, summer squash take up a lot of space so I would recommend 2 as the max.  Hopefully the towers for the strawberries and potatoes won't shade their neighbors.  Will this plot be a raised bed?  Are you using Mel's Mix or just amending what is there with composts?  Please post photos and keep us updated. Very Happy


Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13748
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: 2017 Garden Plan in Washington

Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/6/2017, 8:31 am

Hi Tpeila. Welcome from Atlanta, GA!

I also like your icons! Very easy to understand. And how exciting for you!

The strawberries - Ralitaco is correct - they will send out runners. Are you sure that you'll have the same spot next year? You won't really get much of a harvest this year.

Are those marigolds in the middle? Those will help with bugs...

Looking forward to seeing your plot!

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4077
Join date : 2014-03-18
Age : 54
Location : Buford, GA - Zones 7B/8A

View user profile http://www.defensivespecialties.com

Back to top Go down

Re: 2017 Garden Plan in Washington

Post  Turan on 4/6/2017, 1:46 pm

Very nice!

I have a couple thought that I hope are useful~
I plant radishes among the carrots, by the time the carrots get going the radishes are gone.  It lessens the amount of carrot thinning needed.
It might be hard to keep the zukes from bullying the beans.
If you are doing a potato tower plant a long season variety or a fingerling.  A lot of potatoes varieties respond to towers with lots of top growth but not more tubers.

Those are indeterminate tomatoes, right? And you will be fanatical about keeping up with the pruning?  Other wise they need more room.  I plan for 2 ID tomatoes per 3x2 area.  Ummmm,,, it does depend some on variety, Stupice and Cherokee purple are not as tall and robust as Big Beef, but would still be hard to contain to 1 square.

I really like the cucumbers shading the lettuce, may your lettuce be sweet all summer!


Find more about Weather in Belgrade, MT
Click for weather forecast

Female Posts : 2138
Join date : 2012-03-29
Location : Gallatin Valley, Montana, Intermountain zone 4

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: 2017 Garden Plan in Washington

Post  Sponsored content

Sponsored content

Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum