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By Dave Granlund
National cartoonist Dave Granlund's blog features his take on politics and current events. Dave has been an editorial cartoonist published in daily newspapers since 1977. Born in Ware, Mass., Granlund began drawing cartoons in grade school and at ...
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National cartoonist Dave Granlund's blog features his take on politics and current events. Dave has been an editorial cartoonist published in daily newspapers since 1977. Born in Ware, Mass., Granlund began drawing cartoons in grade school and at age 16, he was published on the editorial pages of local weekly newspapers. His eight-year enlistment in the USAF included assignments with SAC HQ and with Headquarters Command, where his duties included work as head illustrator for the Presidential Inaugural Subcommittee and providing briefing charts for the White House and support for Air Force One. As part of NATO in Operation Looking Glass with the Airborne Command Post, he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal. Dave's newspaper honors include awards from UPI, New England Press Association, International Association of Business Communicators, The Associated Press and Massachusetts Press Association. His work has been nominated numerous times for the Pulitzer Prize. His pastimes and interests include history, wood carving, antique tractors and Swedish language studies.
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By Joey Norsen
Feb. 21, 2012 12:01 a.m.





We’re going to give it a try!  Square Foot Gardening, that is.  We recently read Mel Bartholomew’s All New Square Foot Gardening and will be incorporating many of the principles into our vegetable garden this year.  Square Foot Gardening (SFG) attempts to maximize space and efficiency by growing plants in raised beds comprised of square planting areas (bet you can guess what size the squares are).







First of all, raised beds are key.  The soil stays loose in raised beds (because you’re not walking on it) and therefore weeding is a much less daunting task.  The looser soil is good for the plants, too, as it allows their roots more freedom to grow!  







Second, SFG utilizes square foot planting areas to maximize space and efficiency, and to minimize weed growth.  When you plant in rows, much space is wasted in paths between the rows.  That also leaves more room for weeds to grow and provides more work for the gardener (just what we need, right?).  By planting blocks of plants closer together, you can fit more plants in a smaller space, without all the wasted space for weeds to take over.







You also don’t need to worry about crop rotation with SFG, as each square block is growing a different plant.  When that plant is finished (say, lettuce in the spring), you plant another different crop in that box (like peppers for the summer).  This not only takes the headache out of crop rotation, but it also helps with pest control.  When your tomato or cabbage plants are spread throughout your garden, rather than all in a row, it’s a lot harder for pests to set up camp there!







There is MUCH more to this gardening method, and I definitely recommend reading Bartholomew’s book.  We’ll be combining this method with what we learned last year from reading How to Grow More Vegetables by John Jeavons.  There are many similarities in these two approaches, which both attempt to maximize space and efficiency.  







If you’ve used Square Foot Gardening, please leave a comment!  I’d love to hear your experiences and advice!

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