In 2019, I had a vision that I was going to create a raised bed garden at the recycling center that would serve three purposes: to teach others how to use home compost in gardening, to have a means of using our worm castings, and to hold a couple classes to make simple recipes from what was grown.
I had never gardened before. I had no idea what I was doing. I had no plan.
If hindsight is 20/20, then this year is going to be my year. With all the craziness going on, I am embarking on a journey to help others plan their gardens and hopefully provide some food security that does not involve going to the grocery store.
I will initially be posting a 4-part series on planning and planting, then continue weekly updates through our Facebook page, @KCRecyclingDepot. - Suzanne, Educator
For this year's raised garden I am going to be using the Square Foot Gardening method. It originated from a text by Mel Bartholomew and divides your gardening space into 12" x 12" blocks. This helps you keep plants organized, appropriately placed in your garden, and makes it easier to rotate crops for continuous growing. KC Recycling's raised bed growing space is 3' by 6' so I have 18 blocks to fill.
The thing about gardening is that you want to plant what you're going to use; no sense in growing cucumber if you don't like it!
Watch: #GrowWithMe Garden Planning
Types of Gardening
For those without the ability to plot land or build raised beds, I'm also going to be attempting to grow some different crops in 5 gallon buckets. With just a few steps you have portable containers perfectly capable of holding your plants.
I'm also going to be trying out the method of growing food from food, both with planting seeds in vegetables for compost and from growing starts out of veggies past their prime.
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