Break Out Your Gardening Wish-Books

4X4 foot Square Garden

Spring Planting and Summers garden – Think Small, compact, square foot gardening in raised beds. Small square foot raised beds are easy and inexpensive to build.

Unless your are feeding a small army, 2 to 4 plants for ‘most’ vegetables is all that you will need for a spring / summer garden.
I say at least 2 of each type of vegetable simply because, plants labeled as ‘No Pollinator needed still produce more fruits when you have a companion pollinator plant. This also gives you backup plant(s) in the event one plant develops a disease or is destroyed by insects.

It may be cheaper and better to buy started plants from your local garden nursery. In many cases you can buy well established plants in starter pots or grow packs for the cost of buying a package vegetable seed.
Garden seed packages generally cost $1.95 to $3.50 a package. They contain 10 to 30 seeds and you must pay postage to get them sent to your front door. If you only need 2 or 3 seeds why buy a package containing 30 seeds?
When buying started plants you have no need to buy expensive potting soils and starter pots. No need to invest a lot of time and resources to get these plants to planting size.

The exception to this seed buying rule is when you want to plant things like radishes, carrots, beet root, leaf greens like leaf lettuce and the like.

Garden with a Trellis – vine plant space saver

A 4 by 4 foot bed or better yet a 4 by 8 foot bed will most likely produce all the fresh vegetables your family can eat. You can raise as many as 16 zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers, cabbage and head lettuce, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, Broccoli and such in a 4 by 4 raised bed Hint: Tomato vines will need about 4 square feet of garden space.

Square Foot Garden method.
How To Build A Square Foot Garden
Frugal Dad, On Square Foot Gardening

Here is an easy DIY Dimple Board DIY – Build A Dimple Board to maintain proper square foot garden planting space and patterns. While not a must have item it is a really easy to build handy planting layout and spacing gadget.

Soulsby Farm Seed Catalog Time The Soulsby Farm blog has compiled a nice list of Garden Seed / Catalog merchants.

My listing not in any order.
As with any online purchase, check out the business ‘Before’ sending your money for their products. It’s Your Money!

I am not affiliated with any of the these companies and I Am Not, recommending one business over another!
These links are provided Only for your convenience.

Direct Links to Vegetable & Herb Seed Catalogs
Tomato Growers supply company – Tomato, Pepper and Egg Plant
Main Street Seed
Burpee
Jonny’s Seeds
Gurneys
Park Seed
Jung Seed
Territorial Seeds
Park Seed
Baker Creek
Harris Seeds
Redwood City seeds
Richter’s
Seeds of Change
Cook’s Garden
Bountiful Gardens
Seed Savers
Stokes
Henry Field’s
RH Shumway
***Broken link? Let me know and I will remove that link from this list.

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5 responses to “Break Out Your Gardening Wish-Books

  1. just checked on my new garlic raised bed a couple of days ago… warm weather means my garlic is up… do you think it will be ok under just mulch if the winter gets much colder?

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    • Grin … I hope I get this right.
      I feel sure that if the bed is well drained and covered with a thick layer of mulch it will be fine.
      Don’t forget to rake back most of the mulch after your last spring frost.
      Merry Christmas

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      • Ok I think we are good with the drainage problem as we had other plants growing in that spot last year and they did great… I hope to add asparagus to the same bed this spring as I just did not have time last year so this way my perennial plants will be away from the husbands tiller and can come back again and again

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