We’re making our first tentative venture into the world of gardening by setting up a square foot garden. The principles seem easy enough: make a box, fill it with “Mel’s mix”, plant, water, weed, and viola, vegetables will appear. I hope it turns out to be that easy.
My son has built the box for the garden bed. We’re using a 4×4 box to start. We also invested in some chicken wire to give the dog the hint that he should stay out. So far the start-up costs have run me $126.33, although there are still a few things left to buy. We’ve gotten peat moss, mulch, deck screws, boards, chicken wire, a drinking water safe hose, and seeds. (Hm, that doesn’t seem like much for $126.)
We’ll be planting carrots, snow peas, sweet corn, and Roma tomatoes. At this rate they’ll cost us a lot more than they would have if we’d just gone and bought them at the store, but they should taste a lot better too, so I think it will be worth it. Future years’ costs should be dramatically reduced.