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Tiny Farm Garden

I live in a townhouse in a suburb of Washington, DC. I have a very small yard, with two raised garden beds in my backyard. They are each about 3×9ish feet, for a total of about 56 square feet of veggie growing space. I also have several containers of various sorts.

I’ve grown tomatoes in containers before, but 2008 was my first in-ground veggie garden. I garden intensively, inspired by the square foot gardening method, but not constrained by it.

My beds started with dirt I got from my cousin, which originated in his compost pile and his horse paddock. i supplemented that with purchased compost and organic soil. I work hard to build the soil by trench composting, mulching and other natural, non-synthetic amendments.

An outdoor organic garden located in Germantown, Maryland, United States, Katxena's Tiny Farm garden currently contains 37 plants.

This is a Square Foot garden that is known to be in USDA Hardiness Zone 7. It has mainly Combination soil and receives Full Sun light.

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I’ve heard of square foot gardening, but I’ve never seen it before. I’ll have to keep an eye on your garden. My mom was telling me that if I continue my garden, I may want to do a raised bed in the future so the soil can heat up more.

Posted on 05 Jun 08 (about 11 years ago)
Katxena

Katxena

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United States7

It has some nice advantages. The soil is warmer, it’s easier to work in, and the grid helps you plant more densely. I’m not completely sold on the whole system, but it’s a great system to tweak for yourself.

Posted on 05 Jun 08 (about 11 years ago)

Thanks for your comment on My Cottage Patch. I loved my square foot garden, small space lots of fun. I converted one of the sand boxes in my community playground which is no longer in use into a raised garden. Next year I plan to go back into it; this time my flower garden keeps me busy enough.

Posted on 06 Jun 08 (about 11 years ago)
Katxena

Katxena

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United States7

What a great idea to turn a sand box into a garden — I bet it was the perfect size and shape. I’m continually astonished by how much I can grow in my square foot garden!

Posted on 06 Jun 08 (about 11 years ago)
cristyn

cristyn

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United States5b

Thanks for your comments on my gardens. I’m amazed by the variety you’ve gotten into your garden. I’m interested to see how you do. I was afraid to do too much this year since it’s my first ground garden, but I’ll be keeping tabs on you and copycatting next year!

Posted on 10 Jun 08 (about 11 years ago)
Katxena

Katxena

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United States7

Thanks Cmagnus! It’s my first in the ground garden too! It’s funny that you see it as so much, because I’m feeling like I really held back. I’m not trellising anything, so I have no cukes, no zuchini, no pole beans. :) It’s not really as varied as it looks. I’m growing two varieties of a lot of things. Are you familiar with Mel Bartholomew’s Square Foot Gardening book? It’s all about maximizing small spaces.

Posted on 10 Jun 08 (about 11 years ago)

I’m trying the SFG myself this year. Last year my big garden beds were under-fertilized and the weeds got ahead of me. This year I was able to sign up for a year-round space, so I can put in boxes for raised beds and I will put down cardboard and straw or wood chips for the paths. The big obstacle now is the cost of soil mix, which is going to force me to spread out building my beds to one or two every pay day, so by August I should be building the last of them and planting with over-winter crops.and replanting with green manures (which SFG doesn’t cover).

Posted on 04 May 09 (about 10 years ago)
Katxena

Katxena

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United States7

How wonderful that you half year-round space! I wish I could get that at my community garden. As for the cost of the soil mix, I’m a bit of a rebel — while I think Mel’s mix is lovely, I think the only critical ingredient is compost. If the vermiculite or peat is too costly for you, skip it and spend your money on good compost and mix it with the surrounding soil, maybe even digging your paths in a bit to get soil. And although I use it, I’m not the biggest fan of peat, especially if you have clay soil. Mel’s method is a one-size fits all approach, and as with clothing, that doesn’t work for all of us, so go with your gut!

Posted on 04 May 09 (about 10 years ago)

how great i thinki might have to try this next year all my veggies are spread out all over the yard in pots right now hubby is trying to grow grass but some areas just aren’t working for him so I might have to do a raised farm in one of the spots

Posted on 27 May 09 (about 10 years ago)
Katxena

Katxena

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United States7

Raised beds are great! I really love them.

Posted on 27 May 09 (about 10 years ago)

Nice garden. We have a raised bed as well 16×16 (new this year) and are plainting by foot, so I am hoping it works out well.

Posted on 20 May 10 (about 9 years ago)
Katxena

Katxena

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United States7

Cool! 16×16 is really big. My beds are small — I don’t have a very big yard.

Posted on 20 May 10 (about 9 years ago)

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