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GYG-103 Why Square Foot Gardening?


First off, I want to apologize for the pity party last week. I almost pulled the episode. Its the first episode I really regretted recording after I listened to it.

But what an overwhelming response to my request for input on the podcast. I am extremely humbled by what I received. That is an understatement.

You are such a great group of friends…..Thank You

I received so many nice stories about how my little podcast has affected their lives I can’t believe it. And they cam from as far away as the UK and Australia. I am attempting to reply to each and every one of you but it is taking some time.

I decided to keep the podcast and blog going, although it may not have a solid schedule. I will attempt one at least every week, but I can’t promise success.

As for the financial side of the podcast we’ll see how it goes. One of my neighbors suggested I share one of my new country crafts with you.

Wile technically not gardening related, it is food related. Since moving to the country I have also taken up woodworking as a form of therapy. I have been making a lot of handmade breadboards and chess boards along with some other things like small cabinets for friends and neighbors.

I am thinking about offering them here on the website as a way to defray some of the costs. If there is any interest I’ll give the first one away in some sort of a drawing before I put them on sale. What do you think?

They are handmade by me, and made of many different hardwoods such as oak, maple, ash, gum, and others. Its been just a hobby but I use several myself. The are nice and thick, not the skinny little boards you see in the stores.

I am also putting back some links to books I like on Amazon. If you would use any of these links when you go to Amazon, regardless of what you are shopping for, they send me a few pennies. No extra cost for you, Amazon takes care of everything.

And again, thanks for all your feedback. It was just what I needed.

Remember: Have you thought about starting a garden journal? Be sure and check out nwedible.com Garden Journal

Raised Beds – Why?

  • Warm up earlier
  • Dry out – drains
  • Customize your soil



  • Lumber
  • natural branches
  • brick
  • stone
  • anything that will hold your soil
  • or Just a banked mound even….

Lend very well to drip irrigation. Valve or spigot at each bed, different water needs, etc


The ABC’s of SFG ( Square Foot Gardening)

Square Foot GardeningWhat is Square Foot Gardening?

Mel Bartholomew

Raised beds
Divided – important

Mel’s Mix

Peat Moss

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  • Rob April 13, 2014, 12:40 pm

    Thank you very much for the podcast. I don’t know if this helps but your podcast keeps me going on my backyard gardening. I hope you can keep it going for a long time. You are one of the few podcasters who has no hidden agenda. Just honest and helpful. Keep gardening and podcasting!!!!

  • Melodie Kelly April 2, 2014, 9:30 pm

    I just ordered the new Square Foot Gardening book. I am going to try it in one of my raised beds.
    Thank you for the podcasts. I hope you decide to continue. I will try to remember to make my Amazon purchases through your page to help offer a little help with the podcasts costs.

  • Raul March 24, 2014, 2:14 pm

    Steve! It is great to know that you are still out there and podcasting. Spring is definitely upon and already I have lost two rows of broccoli and cauliflower due to the last and rather unexpected freeze we experienced in north Texas a few to three weeks ago. I was not too happy about that especially since I was informed by the local nursery from where I purchased my starts that the plants would be able to weather the cold. And hey, don’t all of the official information state that these are plantable in February for my zone? Okay, ’nuff complaining.

    I suppose that I should start a garden journal but I believe that I just might be the laziest farmer/gardener ever. I did take some square graph paper and at least drew my garden plots and filled in where appropriate what plants were planted and where on the grid. Further, I must admit that I have used Google Drive’s spreadsheet application to take notes on what I plan to plant, when to plant it, where to plant it and what I have already planted. So, I suppose in this way I have committed to journaling. I’ve already had to re-adjust my plans due to having more seeds and/or starts than I had anticipated and now that my broccoli and cauliflower dreams have been smashed, I’ve had to plant different vegetables in their place, eg. tomatoes, jalepeno, habanero and poblano peppers. It is a bit of a pain to keep the journal up with the pace (did I mention that I was lazy?) but ultimately, I believe it will be worth it saving headaches down the road. At the least it will prevent me from planting something new where I already had something else by mistake. THAT, I do not want to have happen.

    You know, back when I lived in the suburbs it made a great deal of sense to me to have raised beds. I had little space and that familiar clay soil you spoke of. Now that I find myself living about 45 minutes more east, in the country and with sandy loam on a reasonable amount of acreage, it was simply more cost-effective for me to plant a traditional garden plot. The most dear expense was had in renting a sod cutter from the local big box store to clear grass from a 20 foot by 75 foot area. The tiller/cultivator I borrowed from a good friend. Note: I’ve catalogued this experience on my blog. I’ve used a combination of compost, earthworm castings, ladybug (8-2-4) organic fertilizer, and dry molassas. The only trouble with purchasing all of the previous is that I can definitely see where it could get a great deal expensive for a large plot. I certainly don’t think I followed the recommendations for amount per square foot. I could not afford to. Ah, well. With God’s help, I’ll still manage to get a tomato or two (and hopefully much, much more!) Keep up the great work, Steve. You keep making the ‘casts and I’ll keep listening and learning.

  • Andres March 20, 2014, 8:50 am

    Glad to hear that I will keep on being able to hear you, and learn from your wisdom. I think your idea of selling woodwork is a great idea. I actually just in the last year have picked up woodworking as well. It mostly was out of necessity, we lacked some furniture, but are not in a point in our lives where we could afford to purchase them, so I turned to trying my hand at making them. I haven’t made anything to try to sell, but have considered doing so, once I realized that I really enjoyed the projects I have done so far, and as a way to fund purchasing wood and supplies for further projects.

  • gary March 19, 2014, 8:16 pm

    steve, keep up the good work. i have been a listener for two years. you are making a difference. would you consider doing interviews again? Thanks. Gary

    • Steve March 19, 2014, 8:21 pm

      Hi Gary –
      I would love to, but my location so far has terrible internet ( ruling out Skype) and my phone in the studio I record in is wireless.

      I have been thinking about the same thing, and maybe I need to do more Test Text for Loading of Skype.

      Do you have anyone in particular in mind that you would like to hear?

      Thanks for sticking with me!


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