The trailer bed has been planted with broad beans, snow peas, lettuce, beetroot, strawberries and calendula as my late winter/early spring crops. Now all those crops are finished so it’s time to replant.
The broad beans produced very well.
The calendula provided flower petals for oinitment, seeds for planting and looked pretty too.
The lettuce and strawberries grew really well together but now the lettuce has gone to seed.
Square Foot Gardening I have been reading about square foot gardening lately and I thought I would give it a go in the trailer bed because the size of the trailer can be divided into 24 neat square foot beds.
I used wool to mark the beds out; not a long term solution, but it will do for the first planting. I later removed the calendula, but decided to leave the strawberries.
The idea is to plant a given number of plants in a square foot of garden space. The beds need to be easily accessible and it’s an advantage to have some trellis space. It’s amazing how many varieties of plants can be squeezed into that little trailer bed using this method. This method of gardening was pioneered by Mel Bartholomew, who must have a good mathematical mind.
This chart gives a planting guide for lots of common vegetables.
I planned the planting of my trailer bed using an online planning tool which made the planting much easier. Then I got to work planting the bed.
My November planting plan for the trailer bed (for some reason it shows the planting date as the date I downloaded the plan; the real planting date is 17th November 2013).
I dug up each square, added compost and a sprinkle of blood and bone and planted the required number of seeds in the square in the advised pattern.
The whole bed looks neat and tidy again. I put the shad sheet back on until all those seeds sprout then I will mulch the bed and take off the shade.