The Stonebrook Letter
Vol. 22, No. 3
Square Foot Gardening
This spring I am converting my raised bed gardens to the “square foot garden” approach explained in author Mel Bartholomew’s book, Square Foot Gardening. First published in 1981, I recently purchased his updated 2005 edition ($19.99 at Lowe’s).
The book features wonderful photos, easy to follow steps and excellent information for minimizing time and maximizing results using less space. The key is, instead of row planting in amended soil, you build 6” raised beds and fill with “Mel’s Mix” with no need for tilling, soil tests, etc.
Mel’s Mix is 1/3 coarse vermiculite (about $30-35 for 4 cubic feet), 1/3 peat moss (approx. $12-15 for 2 cubic feet) and 1/3 compost blend of at least 5 different composts. As plants are harvested and new ones planted, the only thing you add is additional compost.
The book gives an excellent guide to cool season and warm season plant selection and a calendar planting guide, as well as how and when to start indoors to extend the growing season.
For more info, go to www.squarefootgardening.com
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Lawn & Garden
If you haven’t already done it, it’s time to apply a pre-emerge herbicide for Bermuda lawns. I usually apply Scott’s Haltz with active ingredient, Pendimethalin. This year I am trying a Lesco product called Stonewall, with active ingredient Prodiamine.
My son, Will, lives in St. Louis and works with Lebanon Turf. He recommended I try a pre-emerge like Barricade, and Stonewall is the Lesco version of Barricade.
I have read that it has a half-life of 120 days vs. 44 days with Haltz, so it should keep working longer to prevent crabgrass, etc., in my yard. I plan to apply a second pre-emerge application in 60 days.
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What Clients Say
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- Seth & Rebecca Jacobs
Thought for the Month
“Kindness is never wasted. If it has no effect on the recipient, at least it benefits the bestower.”
—S. H. Simmons
Crustless Spinach and Feta Pie
10 oz. frozen spinach, thawed and liquid squeezed out 1 tsp. baking powder
Directions: Preheat oven to 400°. Lightly spray a pie dish with cooking spray. Mix spinach, scallions, dill, parsley, feta cheese, and in the pie dish. Sift flour and baking powder in a medium bowl. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl and blend well. Pour into pie dish. Bake 28 to 33 minutes or until knife comes out clean f rom the center. Let it stand at least 5 minutes before serving. Makes 6-8 servings.