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 gardens have all been in beautiful Santa Barbara, California which has a mild Mediterranean climate year round. That gives me an advantage on the varieties I can grow, and our year-long  growing season means I’m producing significant amounts of food 12 months out of the year. On the other hand, Santa Barbara is expensive, putting space for most people at a premium. Since I’ve never had acreage to work with, and I’ve always been analytical, square foot gardening was a natural fit.

I’ll get deeper into square foot gardens in future blog posts, but for the uninitiated, they are all about maximizing output from limited space. If you haven’t read All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew, I recommend you pick up a copy. My blog will certainly get into the nuts and bolts of square foot gardens, but his book is a must read, covering way more than I will be able to.

My gardening philosophy is one of practicality. I am always learning and stay open-minded so I can build a better mouse trap. I’m sure my readers will open my eyes to continual improvements to my garden so feel free to share your experiences. I focus on yield, manageability and always stress aesthetics. I think a lot of people are reluctant to have a garden because they envision a sprawling mess to be tucked out of sight. Getting more people to grow their own food isn’t just about convincing them how easy it can be, but that it can be a gorgeous focal point of your back (or front) yard. Over the coming months and years I plan on honing my techniques and strategies, trialing new varieties and sharing as much on my successes and failures as I can. I’m a wanna-be engineer so don’t be surprised if I introduce some new tools specific to square foot gardeners along the way.

I recently moved and had to build a new garden from scratch, which is actually quite exciting. It did mean a late start date for my summer crops. Nonetheless, my first blog post wouldn’t be complete without a picture of my garden to give you an idea of whats to come. Next time I’ll get more into what I’m growing.

Picture of my square foot garden along with the potted peppers and tomatoes
Picture of my square foot garden along with the potted peppers and tomatoes.