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Archive date:  April 16, 2011

It’s Cool to be Square

Square foot gardening class this weekend in The GreenRoom -

It is time to get a right angle on Square Foot gardening. Since we have the Tennessee Cedar Raised beds, and the ability to provide custom growing media blends, it only seems natural to get a certified expert to talk about Square Foot Gardening. 

This Saturday, in The Greenroom, Rowena Aldridge, the only certified Square Foot Gardening instructor in middle Tennessee, will give an introduction and overview of this gardening technique that has taken the good old U. S. of A. by a storm. Developed by Mel Bartholomew, Square Foot Gardening gives vegetable gardeners the ability to yield twice as much from half the space.

We have taken the cue from Mel’s work and put together an enhanced version of the prescribed Square Foot Garden growing media. His 1/3rd’s equal parts mix of vermiculite; peat and compost are excellent in that they are naturally weed-free. We have used what we feel are a couple of upgrades from his basic formula, blended and bagged them. In addition to Vermiculite, we have replaced conventional compost with Mushroom Compost. We have also replaced the peat with Earthworm Castings. Earthworm castings are peat, in which earthworms have been raised …as well as lowered, I guess. Earthworm castings are a very high demand item for the most discriminating organic gardeners. 

Our EarthMix® Super Square Foot Garden Mix is also available at a special rate when purchased in conjunction with our Tennessee Cedar raised beds. A 20 quart bag normally sells for $9.99; you can get a 4’ X 4’ Tennessee Cedar raised bed with 13 bags of EarthMix® Super Square Foot Garden Mix. They are specially priced at $239.99; that saves you $2.30 per bag of mix. We also still have the $199.99 deal using our EarthMix® Premium Topsoil Blend. Either way, you’re sure to get fantastic results.
Local. Sustainable. Organic.

Rowena Aldridge will be speaking at 11:00 am & 2:00pm. The 2:00pm class is already full. Space remains for the 11:00am, however. We expect there to be more interest than available seating. I strongly encourage you to email Sara Bates: sarabates@batesnursery.com to assure your seat on Saturday.

Gardening is happening Saturday and every day at Bates!

Hope you’ll come see us,

David Bates