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High Yield Gardening: Square Foot Gardening...Planting without Dirt?

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Newville, PA

April 1, 2008
5:16 PM

Post #4741058

Has anyone ever tried square foot gardening? I am going to give this method a try because the soil in my area of South Central Pennsylvania is horrible. It is hard, rocky, and almost impossible to dig so I thought maybe this method would work much, much better for me. I have read that you should use a dirtless mixture of equal parts of sphagnum peat moss, vermiculite, and compost. Does this type of "soil" work well for vegetable gardening and can I use it to plant berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries)? Also, is it better to use the vermiculite of perlite...or a combination of both? I have not had much success with gardening in the past so I am hopeful that this method will allow me freedom to grow bigger and healthier crops. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Piedmont, SC
(Zone 7b)

April 3, 2008
11:27 PM

Post #4752915

I live in SC. I use peat moss and compost for every thing I plant. You can't go wrong with those. I am not sure about the perl or the vermi.
Poughkeepsie, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 4, 2008
12:56 AM

Post #4753367

It REALLY WORKS! Do it. Seriously. You can start with just good potting soil. You will LOVE IT.

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