(Almost) Free Mulch!

It’s been hot here in SoCal and if you haven’t heard the news, we’re in the middle of a drought. Since the garden is just about replanted (stay tuned), I figured I’d track down some free or cheap mulch to cover up the bare dirt areas in the filled-in pool that now contains my square…



New Year, New Garden

After an unfortunate incident involving a vegetable-loving Pit-bull, my garden went nearly empty for a few months. I can laugh about it now – kind of.  The weather here in Goleta has warmed up and the tomato and pepper seeds I started in January are sprouting, so its time to dog-proof the garden and start…



2013 Summer Lettuce showdown

I like a good garden salad. Its a shame that at the peak of summer, when tomatoes are abundant and cucumbers out of control, lettuce can go downhill quickly. Many varieties will bolt and go bitter before producing anything usable. Others will get tip burn or produce flat cloth-like leaves that you can’t seem to…



Shishito Pepper Harvest

In years past I grew all my peppers from seed. This year was different, which left me growing some new varieties picked up from the local nurseries. One of them is the Shishito, a mild, somewhat sweet pepper from Japan. A trip to Spain a few years back left me with a desire to grow…



Year-Round Pak Choy and My First Density Experiment

One of my new favorites is a dwarf variety of Pak Choy¹ that only reaches 2-3” in size. They’re attractive in the garden and make for a great salad or stir fry. Plus I feel like a giant when I harvest them. Its quick maturity and dwarf stature make it an ideal square foot garden…



Grow what you eat or eat what you grow?

It’s easy to tell a new gardener to grow things they already eat but I’m not sure that’s the best strategy. You probably have some favorites, and if they work for your zone of course you should grow them. You’ll be stoked that they came from your plot and often times surprised at how much…



Welcome to my garden

The picture in my first blog post from July 5th, was from mid June. Here are some updated shots from this morning. This garden is a little different than gardens I’ve had in the past.  I moved unexpectedly so found myself planting a lot of things later than I normally would.  Most square foot gardens…



Who is The Square Foot Gardener?

I guess the short answer is me, Brandon. I’m a 33 year old vegetable gardening fool who is passionate enough about it to make it his foray into blogging. I have had gardens of varying sizes for the last decade, and used the square foot gardening technique for the last 5 years or so. My…