For those of you who are Planting a Rainbow or Growing a Vegetable Garden, we thought our post on how to create a square foot garden might be helpful. It has been terribly dry in the Texas Hill Country these last few years. The soil mixture recommended in the book All New Square Foot Gardening has been a life saver. How about a little square foot gardening with your children this summer . . .
In our “at school” section we GIVING AWAY: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert.
After our field trip to the Natural Gardener, I was inspired! Then I got an interesting phone call from my father, “Mama said you might like it if I made you some of those square foot gardens.” My response, “Sure!”
So a few days later Daddy showed-up with the cut wood ready to assemble. MacGyver acted as photographer on the job. He stalked Grandpa like the worst kind of paparazzi, snapping no less that 50 photos. (photo by MacGyver)
I love gardening but I am NO expert! If you would like to create a square foot garden as a classroom project or homeschool project, I would recommend the All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew. Expert or not, gardening is always a huge success with children.
Step 1: Cut four, 4ft 2 x 6 boards. My father can make ANYTHING; however, Home Depot offered to cut the wood for him. Having someone else do it is always the easiest! (photo by MacGyver)
Step 2: Assemble boards with screws. (photo by MacGyver)
Step 3: Protect outside of boards with linseed oil. (photo by MacGyver)
Step 4: Mix the “dirt”: 1/3 blended compost, 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 coarse vermiculite. This mixture has proven to be awesome! The book suggest throwing everything on a big tarp and turning the tarp to mix. I didn’t have a tarp. But I have two kids and a dog!
Now the real fun begins!
Ready, set, mix!
How about a little dirt here.
How about a little dirt there.
How about a little dirt flying in the air!
Step 5: Fill the square foot garden frames with the dirt mixture. (And take a little rest!)
Okay, enough rest! Time for more play!
Step 6: Plant one plant in each square foot. No, we’re not growing wire! However, the neighborhood deer eat EVERYTHING we plant! And Shadow digs-up EVERYTHING we plant.
What a difference one month makes! We’re very impressed with our little homeschool gardening project!
We’ve been observing the tomato blossoms with great anticipation!
Now, we have tomatoes! Maybe we’ll even have enough to share!
What are you growing in your garden? Maybe we can trade!
(This post was originally posted just about a year. Our FREE printables and links are still available. Our book GIVEAWAY this week is Planting a Rainbow. We’re sharing a sensory activity with the book Growing Vegetable Soup in our “at school” section. And we have a free printable book: We Went to the Farmer’s Market in our “out in the world” section.)
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