We have what I consider an extensive garden: sixteen 4′ by 4′ squares.
Charlie wouldn’t really be happy until the entire yard was covered with 4′ by 4′ raised garden squares.
The truth is this size garden has a tremendous yield but also takes plenty of work.
Last year we built a smaller garden bed for our friend in a wheelchair that is raised to a height that makes it comfortable for him to both plant and harvest.
It’s the perfect size for him.
More recently I received an email from my sister in Florida who has been trying to garden in her yard for many years.
She writes: “We have been trying to have a garden for years and have always dug outside our fence where rabbits, squirrels and other assorted critters eat up all of the goodies.”
“So (taking lots of inspiration from your husband), we have started very small and bought the garden square, laid a tarp inside of our screened patio, and filled the square with fertilized potting soil for vegetables. We bought a few plants to start and wow!!!”
Your niece “has been “harvesting” kale for her smoothies and we are waiting patiently for our first cherry tomatoes to turn red.”
“Thanks again to Charlie for the inspiration. We have cherry tomatoes, regular tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, and kale.”
I hope this inspires someone else to start gardening — start small.
Note to sister: Charlie suggests that you stack two squares to allow for more than 4 inches of dirt. (Our squares only look 6″ tall but the dirt goes down infinitely.)
Do you grow your own veg?