Grow It, Don’t Till It

Jan 12, 2012

Square foot garden chart from

How about filling up on vegetables that are harvested when they’re at their peak of flavor, contain no pesticides, don’t raise your water bill, and are from a garden the size of a square foot. Yes, we said it: 12″ x 12.”

No comprende? C’est impossible? Well then, we suggest you come and attend the Square Foot Gardening Workshop at The Arboretum on January 21st or April 21st and find out that this is indeed for real and “anybody” can do it.

Square foot gardening is a raised-bed technique. Actual 1×1 quadrants are sectioned off in each bed. The idea is to maximize the number of plants one has in the growing space and subsequently you have less empty earth in which weeds can grow, plus as you never walk on your soil, it stays loose and aerated.

This type of gardening “uses only 20% of the land space of a conventional garden and saves both water and time.” With a combination of healthy soil, an optimum growing period, no poisonous chemicals, and no grueling tilling, square foot gardening is doable, affordable, and delicious. Followers of SFG say that they don’t have to shop for fresh produce from early April all the way to mid-November (and that is saving a huge chunk of change while also being outstandingly tasty).

“The closer we live to the earth, the happier and healthier we will be.” (Anonymous via Jim Teahan of The Wealthy Earth blog.)

Jo Ann Carey will be the instructor and All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew is the recommended (but not compulsory) reading.

Square Foot Gardening Workshop
Saturday, January 21st or Saturday, April 21st, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia
Cost: $25 Arboretum members/$30 non-members
For more info, call 626.821.3222 or visit their website at The Arboretum.



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