Square Foot Garden: Early Spring

I’ve mentioned before that we’re trying a square foot garden this year and we’re using Mel Bartholomew’s book, All New Square Foot Gardening, as a guide.

Things are moving along with the garden here and I’m pleased with the progress so far. We are planning to use entirely organic gardening methods for the project. Part of the reason we’re doing this is to create our own affordable, pesticide-free food. And because vegetables straight from the garden really do taste better than anything we can buy in the store.

My in-laws were visiting recently and my husband and father-in-law spent a good part of the time building a fence for our garden. Hopefully, the fence will help to keep the deer at bay. We have a lot of deer in our area.


My daughters helped me plant onions (yellow and green) and some two year old asparagus roots in the garden beds. We have tomato and pepper seedlings rising up to the grow light above them in the laundry room just waiting for the last frost date to go into the ground. We’re also planning on cucumbers, cantelope (muskmelon), yellow squash, basil, bush green beans, and carrots. We’ll see what we have luck with and revise our choices as necessary for next year.

This is the first year we’ve tried this and the first year I’ve ever grown vegetables from seed. I’m hoping it works out well. Even though we haven’t been able to plant a lot yet, the girls are already having a great time with it. There was a small incident with a worm the day we planted the onions (suffice it to say there was lots of squealing), but I think they’ll get used to the worms. They’re already aware that worms help the plants grow, but they’re less impressed with the fact that the worms are “kind of slimy.”

I’d love to hear from more experienced gardeners about how you control pests and disease organically. If you have any suggestions or tips, please leave them in the comments. If you’re planning on a garden this year, let us know what you’re planting.


  1. Does anyone know of a simple list or chart available that shows some planting dates, like when to plant the onions versus peppers, etc… And possibly how long the planting season is so I can determine if crops can be replanted in the same season?