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“Civilizations that get too far from the land are bound to decay.” –J.I. Rodale


Hello, my name is Tim Beckman and welcome to my Square Foot Gardening Page.  I have been gardening since about 1988 and gardening in my current location of Indianapolis, Indiana (USDA Zone 5) since 1994.

Current Picture of My Garden (Updated 2/10/2002)


WHAT IS SQUARE FOOT GARDENING?

Square Foot Gardening is a technique of intensive planting developed by a retired civil engineer, Mel Bartholomew, in the 1970's.  Mel describes the technique in his book, Square Foot Gardening, as "a system of laying out, planting, and maintaining a productive, attractive garden in any amount of space.  The garden is based on a grid of 1-foot by 1-foot squares, with single seeds or plants placed in carefully determined spacings."  Mel goes on to say, "The square foot system lets you make the most of your garden space to conserve the amount of water, soil conditioners, and labor needed to produce a maximum amount of food in that space.  A square foot garden takes only one-fifth the space and work of a conventional single-row garden to produce the same harvest." 

SQUARE  FOOT GARDENING REALLY DOES WORK!!!

I currently raise vegetables in four 8’x 8’ plots and use a slightly modified square foot gardening technique  These plots are situated next to each other in a square pattern with a grass strip between each one.  The crops I currently raise include Bush Green Beans, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Lettuce, Onions, Green Peppers, Hot Peppers, and Tomatoes. 

Please see the Site Content links below for more information about my square foot garden and the variety of plants I grow. 

Site Contents

GARDEN LAYOUT PLANT LIST
TIPS & TRICKS   GARDEN JOURNAL
 PAST GARDENS
LINKS

Site Contents

If you have any questions about my garden or any comments about this 
site, feel free to send me an e-mail at the following address:


Tim Beckman: tbeckman@indy.net

 

I hope you enjoyed your visit to my web page.  Thanks for stopping by.  
Please do not forget to sign my guest book.

 

 

 

The midi you are listening to, Grieg's No. 1 Morning, was sequenced 
by Tom Kelly and is used courtesy of  Laura's Midi Heaven 

Please visit  my other web page 
THE 42ND INDIANA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
(It has nothing to do with gardening, but you might learn some interesting history anyways!)

 

JUST FOR LAUGHS !!

CLICK ON BALLOONS BELOW AND TRY
NOT TO LAUGH ALONG WITH HIM
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The Current Weather In My Garden

 


This page was last updated on 03/06/2002