"Each Sustainable Agriculture Intern is required to undertake a growing project. Basically, all an intern is required to do is grow something. When faced with this very open-ended project, I decided to take over an existing project leftover from the previous term: two square foot garden plots. Little did I know that this would prove to be as informative and bountiful (in terms of veggies and knowledge) as it has been. As part of this experience I was required to read a definitive account of the techniques of square foot gardening by Mel Bartholomew. I finished the book and learned how productive only a square foot of garden space can be. While book learning is all well and good, it always seems like a concept doesn’t hit home nearly as hard until you actually go out and experience that concept in action. Lucky for me, I had my two adopted square foot garden plots to observe and experiment with
In the beginning, I was harvesting a few lettuce leaves here and there, and while this was still great, Mr. Bartholomew’s assertion of incredibly productive harvests from a single square foot was not totally apparent. Once mid-July rolled around though… I began to see his point, and since then, my family and I have enjoyed plenty of delicious salads, peas, onions, and even some volunteer sunflowers and poppies!"