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 ), 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  and Frugal Dad  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 )