Everyone's heard of square foot gardening by now, right? I've read about it before, but I brushed it off, since space was not my issue. At least, not until last year, when I tried to cram everything into the greenhouse and it turned into a jungle. I had pumpkins going crazy, big plants towering over smaller plants, and no room to walk.
I've been thinking about how to get the best use out of my greenhouse space while avoiding last year's mistakes. And it brought me back to square foot gardening. I've made some plans, but I'm not quite sure how it will work out.
I'm planning on tomatoes and cucumbers on the back end (north) of both greenhouses, with some trellis (I'm thinking orange plastic snow fence) behind. This has me a little leery, since the wind beat the snot out of that end last year, and the cucumber in the corner suffered frost damage so close to the wall. I'm planning two more rows of cukes down the center of greenhouse #1, just to be safe.
I used the black boxes to represent 1X6s, which I'll put in for walkways. The vegetables are colour coded for spacing. Most, I found references to on other sites, a few, I'm guessing. A large square (red) would be 1 plant, while a small square (blue) would be 16.
The three empty squares on the south end are in the doorway.
I'm not sure whether alternating same type of veggies between squares is required, or recommended, or if people just do it to look pretty. I wasn't going to at first, and then I thought, if one square doesn't work out, another one might. Height differences between plants might give me more room to work around them, or it might just bury the shorter veggies.
I also have concerns about the broccoli in greenhouse #1, since some of it is in the same spot as last year.
I wouldn't normally worry about carrots or lettuce being out in the elements, but I seem to have room by this plan, and I did spend a lot more time fiddling in the greenhouse last year while the garden weeds got totally out of control, so why not?
I'm only allowing for 12 greenhouse tomatoes. That means the rest of them have to go outside! Which is probably for the best, because otherwise I'd have a jungle of tomatoes and no room for anything else. But, but, but... I'm already replanning it all in my head, and I haven't even got this posted yet, lol.