The weather has finally shown signs of warming up, and I have finally made a start on my square-foot garden patch. Here’s what the patch looks like:
I have managed to put in 7 x 7 squares into the patch with two walkways.
Already planted as seeds:
Potatoes: 1 per square x 8 squares
Komatsuna (Brassica rapa): 5 per square x 4 squares
Clover (flower): 6 per square x 1 square
Rape blossoms (flower):] 6 x 1 square
(all the above are on the extreme right of the photo above – planted on March 2, 2009)
Radish: 5 per square x 4 squares
Shungiku (edible crysanthemum): 5 per square x 4 squares
Carrot: (Probably) 6 per square x 4 squares
Primula (polyanthus): 2 per square x 1 square (one pink, one yellow)
Pot marigold: 2 per square x 1 square
(all the above are in the middle between the two walkways of the photo above: see enlarged photos of primula and pot marigold below – planted on March 9, 2009)
Primula (primrose) or Polyanthus
Planted as seedlings:
Red cabbage: 1 per square x 4 squares
Broccoli: 1 per square x 4 squares
Cabbage: 1 per square x 4 squares
Mizuna (potherb mustard): 2 per square x 4 squares
(the above can be seen on the extreme left – planted on March 16)
The last row of squares is yet free and I have plenty more to plant here!
Help! I need more land!
I was excited to see the first of the Komatsuna and radish shoots in my squares today. I was also happy to see my daughter Maya, lend a hand today with the planting of cabbage and brocolli plants and general digging and leveling of the soil.
My green peas and fava beans in planters on the balcony are doing well too, and I can see the green peas within the pods growing larger! The fava bean plants have plenty of flowers, but I have yet to see the beans. I’m hopeful of a good harvest around the end of April or beginning of May.
Fava beans in planters
Green peas growing fast!
I also planted Hydrangea cuttings last week – they were hardwood cuttings and I’m hoping that roots will develop from these cuttings in a month’s time. Let’s see how it goes. Here are the cuttings and the hydrangea plant with new leaves just coming up.
And to end this post, here is a photo of the two pot marigold and primrose plants in two squares.
Pot marigolds and primroses