This was supposed to be the groundbreaking weekend for the garden but strangely it is snowing!

And I’m in bed with a nasty headache. It all will have to wait until next weekend. Oh well, that will give me time to plan the dirt work.

I have found many people that I know either have a garden or are starting one. There seems to be quite a few sleeper gardeners out there! Come out! Let yourself be known! Sign up at
Or the suburbangardeners group on Facebook.

Have a good weekend everyone.


So I’ve heard that it may be a little overboard, but I created spreadsheet to map our mini greenhouse and then another scaled spreadsheet to show the garden area in the backyard and the approximate space each plant will occupy. It is hard to show you the spreadsheet but here are some screenshots to give you an idea of what I’m talking about.

The first sheet just details what we have in the mini greenhouse because I don’t have any labels except on the outside of the bottom tray labeling Cell A1 and Cell F12 cooresponding to the spreadsheet.

The next sheet is scaled to where each cell is 1 inch by 1 inch representing 1 foot by 1 foot in the garden area, then I took the approximate square footage each plant will occupy in the garden to create the circles and ovals. Shading the garden area green, I then placed the circles and ovals inside the garden area in a somewhat organized manner to see if it all will fit. One of our constraints is the square-footage of the garden because our backyard is nothing but solid red clay and we have to bring in dirt. And contrary to popular belief, dirt is not cheap!

Using the spreadsheet has been helpful in helping us plan the amount of dirt to bring into the backyard and maximize the vegetable yield.

Used to keep track of our seedlings in the mini greenhouse

Used to keep track of our seedlings in the mini greenhouse

Used to show each planting and plan the dimensions of the garden

Used to show each planting and plan the dimensions of the garden

Starting a garden can be a fun project for then entire family. It can also work for many people no matter how much space you have to work with because you can customize your garden to any environment. Also, in some places, you can find community gardens that are unused spaces converted to a garden that is usually divided into sections for families to each have their own space.

It doesn’t have to be very big to yield a ton of vegetables. A friend recently informed me that you can feed a family of four with a garden of 50 square feet. I wish someone would have told me that before I went overboard!

My planned garden is 30ft by 12.5ft but most of the space is for watermelon and cantelope, both of which need lots of space.

I looked at the seed packages and if it said the spacing was 5′ by 6′ then I would assume that the plant needs 30 square feet to grow. Now, I’m looking at that again and I’m not sure if I’m using those spacing recommendations correctly. If you have any idea on how to interpret those, please let me know.

Ok, so here are my little seedlings! I’m so proud. They are growing so fast!

So, I finally took pictures for the blog tonight. I should have them posted tomorrow.

As mentioned on the ‘About’ page, I’m growing a garden in the middle of suburbia to feed my family good foods and hopefully we can all learn something about horticulture, economics, and community. Right now I have sprouts in a mini greenhouse germinating as I ready the planting area in the backyard which should be ready for planting next weekend.

So far, I have planned out the area using a simple spreadsheet which I will be sharing soon (once I figure out how to do that!). Becky purchased and planted the seeds in the mini greenhouse. This last week, I called around getting prices for all the materials that will be needed for the planting area.

I’m going to walk through each of those in detail once I get some time. For now, I’m calling it a day. Have a great new week!

Welcome!  I’ll fill you in on the exciting things going on right now with our new garden in the coming days.  Have a great weekend.

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