Ready to plant!

Earlier this week, I was at our plot in the community garden, preparing the bed to be planted. I turned all the soil and added a bit more fresh soil. I was hoping to go back the next day and plant the seeds, but it started raining. Not that rain bothers me, but I haven’t heard of people gardening in the rain — do all the seeds get washed away if you plant during the rain? I’m sure the local gardeners would laugh at me. It rains so much here that I imagine that people must garden in the rain.

In any event, yesterday and today have been pretty rainy, but there have also been a few dry breaks throughout today. I took one of these moments (the sun even shone through for a moment!) to go down to the garden, with the sole intention of planting out the only vegetable seedling that I brought from the mainland: a zucchini plant.

When I got to the garden I discovered that the tools necessary to set up a grid for square foot gardening were all in the communal shed! So I got to work and strung up a grid of 9×3 feet (with an extra 3 half-feet at one end). There was no ruler to measure feet by, so I estimated that a foot would be about the length of my fore-arm. Really, I don’t think it has to be precise. I noticed that across the short side of the raised bed, about three of these estimated feet would fit. So I took a bit of string and “measured” the short side of bed. I then folded the string into three equal sized pieces and these were my “feet”. I made a mark on the string at “foot length”  and then used this string to measure even spaces for bent nails along the long side of the bed. Then it was just a matter of stringing line through the bent nails and the squares were made. (A quick aside: I first heard of square foot gardening when Dave installed a garden as one of his projects when we lived in New Brunswick.)

I stuck the zucchini plant in one corner and will make up a plan for the rest of the squares. Hopefully later this week I can go back and plant my seeds!

Shortly after I left the garden, the rain started again — and this time it was a downpour! I know I’ve mentioned the rain several times in this post, so I just want to set the recored straight: I absolutely love the rain; it is what makes this place so beautiful.

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3 Comments

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3 responses to “Ready to plant!

  1. Hi Hana
    Great to hear you are experimenting with square foot gardening. Gives a novice gardener more confidence when planting those important first seeds & seedlings.
    Can’t wait to see what else you get going into all that lovely soil!!

  2. Heather

    Hey Hana, lovely little zucchini plant! looks abit lonely but it won’t be long before it totally takes over your bed!
    you’ll get over loving the rain!
    H

  3. Hana

    Thanks, Heather and Michelle!
    I planted seeds on Thursday. I can’t wait until I see little green things popping up. 🙂

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