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Square Foot Garden

Readers of Bargaineering probably are aware that my wife and I grow a garden every year. We live in a townhouse without much land so our garden consists of vegetable plants put into a variety of containers. Every year we grow tomatoes, eggplants, peppers (hot and regular), some spices (oregano, basil), and then some random ones we think would be fun.

If I were to do it over again, one option I would consider is building a square foot garden (inspired by Mel Bartholomew’s 2006 book by the same name [3]), instead of buying all these containers. Container gardening is perfectly fine, but the containers themselves are often very expensive and they take up a lot of space. The pots themselves are usually wider up top so you lose a little space in that tapering. Square foot gardening avoids that loss and looks like a lot of fun. In fact, after a quick search I found that fellow personal finance bloggers Lynnae at BeingFrugal.net [4] and Frugal Dad [5] built their own square foot gardens already!

I won’t include a detailed step-by-step instruction on how to build one, visit Frugal Dad for that, but I did want to introduce you to this clever way of efficient gardening and show you this video clip from Mel Bartholomew:

Do you have a square foot garden? What tips do you have for the rest of us considering it or just starting one?

(Photo: serenejournal [6])