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Section 1 Garden Construction

Our original garden (Section 1) was 32 x 32′. We used the Square Foot Gardening philosophy. We filled the beds with Mel’s Mix – 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 compost and 1/3 vermiculite. This was a great soil mix, however it was cost prohibitive to continue as our needs grew and we were ready to increase the size of the garden. At this point, we were using double grind mulch in our walkways to smother the grass. I enjoyed the neat and tidy look of this garden, and it is a great option for those who desire something smaller. The use of the markers to show where each square foot was really helped me understand plant spacing and what each type of plant needed.  We started slowly with only four beds at first, and then added more.