SqFt Veggie Garden Ideas?

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by BigByrd47119, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. BigByrd47119

    BigByrd47119 New Member

    So, we bought a house in Feb and it has a nice sized space out front for a garden with old timbers that need replaced as its boundry.

    It measures 16'x8'.

    I was hoping to do square foot gardening, but only have a few things in mind. I would like to grow:
    Cucumber (pickling variety)
    Several spices and herbs for pickling
    Onion (storage variety)
    Green Pepper
    Jalapeno Peppers
    Carrots (maybe)

    So thats a pretty limited number of things for a garden which, with that technique in mind, should yield a lot more.

    What I need to know is what else you all sugguest growing which will be relatively easy to handle, delicious (of course) and easy to store.

    Any info or sugguestions will be hugely appreciated!
  2. colmustard

    colmustard New Member

    Corn and tomatoes are pretty easy to grow. Grow what you like to eat :)

  3. Mosin

    Mosin Well-Known Member

    This isn't related to your stated specifications, but I'm throwing this out there. Block into planter boxes for space saving ways to grow herbs, etc...
  4. BigByrd47119

    BigByrd47119 New Member

    Thanks fellas.

    Tomatoes will probably be a very small amount of what we grow as no one here really eats them aside from spaghetti sauce :p

    Corn may upset our neighbors as we are closely confined (but boy do I wish I could!).

    I actually ran across a seed catalogue last night and found a few other items. We are still open to sugguestions!
  5. BigByrd47119

    BigByrd47119 New Member

    So, a little update.

    Before work today my two year old daughter and I went to work stripping all the weeds and grass (from where it looks like the previous owners tried to cover over the garden). I was happily surprised to find it in fact was a properly constructed garden with a rock bottom about a foot deep, the worms were plentiful, and dirt itself looks very good (nice rich coloration!).

    We want to grow cherry tomatoes for pickling and we also want to do some sort of tomatoe for blending and freezing to make sauce later on. Any sugguestions on a good variety for that role? We are really focusing on heirloom varieties on all veggies.
  6. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    Roma tomatoes for sauce. Carrots do very well in sq ft gardening- be sure you are planting them one seed at a time, and not broadcasting them. Cukes- do a trellis on the Northern edge, grow vertically (wire fencing- not chicken wire) I like a few radishes, and they grow FAST and get out of the way, and a few beets (eat some of the young tops as cooked greens) Garlic should have been planted last fall. Onions will go around your tomatoes very nicely. Corn does best in a block (pollination)

    If you have not read the sq ft gardening book, get it from the library. It really works. When we lived in Colorado, our garden was 4 ft x 100 ft, and we raised enough produce that we were canning spaghetti sauce and green beans. But you put each seed where you want it to grow.

    Depends on what you like to eat.
  7. BigByrd47119

    BigByrd47119 New Member

    Great post!

    I havnt read the book but I have read a lot on it online.

    Will the Romas need help verticly?

    No hope for garlic eh? Thats too bad. Its one thing we would certainly use a lot of.
  8. greenoak

    greenoak New Member

    Romas are a pretty sturdy bush but you will need a cage or something to help support them because the fruits do get heavy.

    Grow what you already eat and don't feel like you have to use all the available space. I know I usually plant more than I can maintain and I've been trying hard the last few years to not overreach.

    I wouldn't be surprised if you didn't pickle many of those cherry tomatoes. There's a song about homegrown tomatoes...
  9. BigByrd47119

    BigByrd47119 New Member

    Thanks GreenOak!

    As I said, having very close neighbors, I want to be as corteous as I can in my selection. As long as we arent talking about 5+ foot plants, we should be good.
  10. TLuker

    TLuker Active Member

    Definitely plant a couple of tomato plants. Your family might become tomato eaters after trying a fresh tomato. :)

    And put the tomatoes on the northern edge as well.

    Zucchini (or yellow squash) might be worth a try as well. It grows easily and produces well. Beans are also very good producers and easy to do.

    A great online resource for seeds is the seed saver exchange. They do heirloom variety plants just in case you want to save the seeds and plant them again the following year. They also have a large variety of plants that you just don't see anymore.

    And the corn will get pretty tall. Fresh corn is great but I would pass on that one if space is an issue.
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2013
  11. BigByrd47119

    BigByrd47119 New Member

    Thanks for the info also!

    Its a lot to process but all of it sounds exciting and inline with my best hopes!
  12. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

    Stake up the cukes like c3 said, or get the space saver kind that grow vines 3-5 feet long.