Monday, June 18, 2012

Foot Grid Planting Guide


Earlier this year Matt made us a foot grid tool for planting our garden.  I have to say that is really has made things just easy-peasy when it comes to planting.  We've already gotten a lot of use out of it.  It was also a quick and cheap project so I thought I'd share.  
He took some thin wooden trim and nailed it together into a grid with teeny-tiny little nails.  Each square on the grid is one foot by one foot making the whole thing four feet by four feet.  This match perfectly our four foot wide beds.  This way we can throw it down and easily space things as needed without have to mess with a tape measure...or having to eyeball things....which I am terrible at. 

For some plants, especially those like onions and greens which we plan to thin we planted several (4-5) in each foot square.  For larger things, like the tomatoes, we wanted each plant to have four feet so we laid the grid down and marked (using our fabulous miniblind plant markers) the center of each quadrant on the grid, leaving them a nice four foot square area to grow in.  Then all you have to do is plant each tomato where you have a marker
I thought it was a simple yet genius little tool.  It was even better because I just woke up one day and it was there.  Matt had woken extra early and had been quite busy while I slept in!  He's always so busy when I sleep in....
Perfectly spaced plants...or at least spaced exactly where we wanted them whether that was the prefect place or not always remains to be seen.   Part of that great garden mystery....especially in a new garden.

6 comments:

  1. I like that as a moveable tool instead of having them all over the garden like the original idea of square foot gardening. Matt is a genius.

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    1. And you only have to build one! Super-duper!

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  2. Ha your comment about the things Matt gets done while you sleep in reminds me very much of Jen and I. Us Schatzke's are perpetual early risers so I am constantly getting projects started in the morning hours while Jen snoozes...

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    1. I believe that. You guys are freaks....in the very, very best way possible. I want to be a freak like you boys.

      And on that note I have started getting up with Matt at 6am (gasp!) several days a week so that we have time to work on projects together, mostly garden related. Otherwise we just have the evening after he gets of work which is usually too late for outdoorsy projects. Its so nice to kneel in the earth, pulling weeds, breathing in the quiet early morning. But, I don't have to tell you morning freaks about the awesomeness of morning time quiet....

      I WILL become a morning person. I WILL. I can do anything I set my mind to.

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  3. Ooh, I love it! Very cool. And I have now also learned what square foot gardening is, which coincidentally, someone mentioned on my blog, but I hadn't a clue what it meant :) Thanks for sharing!
    -Jaime

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    1. We started square foot gardening last summer and I don't think we'll ever turn back. Its so easy to harvest and fill in the empty spaces with new plants! This planting frame does make it worlds easier though.

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