A couple of years ago, I experimented with vegetable gardening. Though I am a plant murderer of the first order, I successfully grew tomatoes and basil in containers for a while. Things went wrong when I tried to grow a lot of things from seed. Part of the reason for the demise of said plants was I left the newbie sprouts for a week while I was out of the country. The other reason things went wrong: I came back from my trip and there was a month’s worth of torrential rain. Plants do like water, but perhaps not that much water.

Well, I moved to Louisiana.

And then I got bold.

How bold? I decided there would be no more of this container nonsense. I decided I had a big backyard that needed an in-ground box full of fresh vegetables, some of which would be grown from seed and others that would be purchased from places like Ace Hardware, Home Depot and Lowe’s.

My box was going to be awesome.

But then…I started the darn thing last fall and things didn’t go as awesomely as I had hoped. Apparently there are rules to planting that must be followed if you want to grow healthy plants. And of course, I was not following them.

But now I am. Thank God for Mel Bartholomew’s classic Square Foot Gardening, which showed me how to do what you see up above. Written by an efficiency expert, it shows you how to garden in less space with less work. Furthermore, it has a bit of good advice (and not necessarily for gardening): It pays to take things little by little, one foot at a time.

So I’m going to write about what’s going on in my little garden from time to time and maybe even show you what I’m cooking from my veggie/herb haul.

For now, I’ll catch you up with my gardening woes with a peek back into my archives:

Agridorkery, August 13, 2009

Spreading Seeds, August 18, 2009

How Does My Garden Grow, August 22, 2009

Squash Blossom, September 25, 2009