Ever since I can remember, my family has grown things – house plants, flowers, and even vegetable & herb gardens. For the last few years, I’ve wanted to start my own garden, but I was living the apartment life, sans space. I tried container herbs, but the lack of sunlight on my porch made that project a fail. Fast forward to now and hubby and I own a house (finally!) and I have all the space I need for a vegetable & herb garden.

On Earth Day 2010 (click for photos), hubby and I set up and planted our first garden following the Square Foot Gardening Approach and tips learned (click) from a presentation by Don of Instant Organic Garden.

I’m planning to maintain an organic garden, so I’m planning to use tips like using herbs and marigolds as natural pest deterrents.

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Garden #1


I wanted to start 3 square foot gardens, but hubby suggested starting out small, so we started out with just one, which I think is a great idea. We can always add more! 🙂

Set-up Date: 4/22/10

Garden Layout:

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Garden #1 Updates

box 2:

  • planted marigolds 4/22/10
  • planted 3 beet seeds 5/1/10

box 3:

  • planted sweet green pepper seedling 4/22/10

box 4:

  • planted cherry 100 tomato seedling 4/22/10
  • added marigold as pest deterrent 5/1/10
  • saw a green, baby tomato forming 5/6/10
  • planted parsley as natural pest deterrent + to attract lady bugs 5/6/10
  • moved marigold to box #12 5/6/10

box 5:

  • not yet planted

box 6:

  • not yet planted

box 7:

  • planted sweet green pepper seedling 4/22/10

box 8:

box 9:

  • planted neon chard and a single marigold for natural pest deterrent 5/1/10

box 10:

box 11:

  • planted sweet green pepper seedling 4/22/10

box 12:

  • planted Mr. Stripey heirloom tomato seedling 4/22/10
  • moved marigold to box #12 5/6/10

box 13:

  • planted 3 marigolds as natural pest deterrent 4/22/10
  • planted cilantro as herb and natural pest deterrent
  • planted a couple beet seeds 5/1/10

box 14:

  • planted red bell pepper seedling 5/1/10

box 15:

  • planted cherry 100 tomato seedling 4/22/10

box 16:

Check back for more updates!!

Other Tomatoes

I ran out of space in the square foot garden for the tomatoes (since the seedlings came in 3 packs), so I planted 2 others in another area of my hard using the red clay soil that was there. I’m very curious to see how these turn out. *fingers crossed*

Mr. Stripey:

  • planted seedling 4/22/10
  • planted marigold next to plant for pest deterrent 5/1/10

Green Zebra:

  • planted seedling with marigold next to seedling 5/1/10

I’m really hoping these guys survive the poor soil, rabbits, birds, and other pests!

Herb Garden

I have an area next to the house where the previous homeowner kept some herbs. The area doesn’t get much sun, but it’s location is perfect – very close to the house! Yay for easy access! I plan to add more and maintain the ones that were already existing. I also have some herbs in containers.

  • planted by previous homeowner


  • planted by previous homeowner

purple basil (container):

  • planted seedling in Mel’s Mix in a container 5/1/10

I’ve had lots of problems with pests (mostly bugs) in the past, so I’m really hoping these guys survive this time!


Do you have a garden? Tell me about yours! Happy gardening!

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