Small Space Gardens By Lin Frye, Director Arboretum and LSG Program Johnston Community College Site Planning Find niches Locate house, lot, walk, fences in space North West (House) East
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Lin Frye, Director
Arboretum and LSG Program
Johnston Community College
Based on the book by Mel Bartholomew “Square Foot Gardening” and French intensive gardening
Lin Frye’s Home Gardens
Equal parts of coarse vermiculite, screened peat moss, coarse sand, decomposed leaf mold (or bagged compost), lime, fertilizer
My formula for a 4’’ x 8’ x 1’ bed:
2 cu feet humus
½ to 1 pounds 10-10-10 slow release
½ pound powdered dolomitic lime
8 cu feet peat moss
8 cu feet bagged compost (sterilized)
6 cu feet cow manure
6’ to 8’ soilless mix (Metro Mix 400)
Each square is planted with a different crop in each square (careful with spacing and crowding)
Example: Pepper plants – one plant per 1’ sub block
i.e. If you wanted to plant an entire 4’ main block in
Pepper plants, you’d plant a total of 16 plants.
i.e. To plant spinach plants – 9 per 1 foot sub block for a total
4’ bed of 144 spinach plants.
NEVER WALK ON THIS GROWING MEDIUM! KEEP ADDING COMPOST TO KEEP YOUR SOIL IN TOP CONDITION!