• Ema

Growing Solo

Updated: Jan 9

Shouts out to me on my first solo Garden!


Hey guys and thank you so much for coming to A Creative pace on the internet. If you follow me on IG since the pandemic I’ve been posting less about art and more “personal”, Lifestyle content and I really appreciate you guys support in this switch up, I'm enjoying being transparent with you all! A few years back I set a goal to grow a full vegetable garden and the goal was recycled year after year up until now. My apartment complex does not allow gardens so I claimed a space in my folks backyard for my garden. My garden Lot is 8 ft X 16 ft and I will be doing square foot (Sq ft) companion planting along with some other gardening tricks.



What is Sq ft gardening?



Sq ft gardening is a garden planning technique/ strategy officially called raised bed gardening, founded in the 70’s by an engineer that gardened as a hobby. It's a great way to maximize a small space for a garden. In one Sq ft ( 12 in X 12 in square) you're allowed to plant 1-16 vegetable plants depending on the size. X Large Vegetables like tomatoes take up one sq ft, large plants like cucumbers can have two plants per sq ft, medium sized plants can have 4-9 plants per sq ft and small plants can have a maximum of 16 plants per sq ft. Originally gardening was done in rows across a massive field, now you can garden/farm in small containers, raised beds or hydroponically, thank God for innovation!


What is companion planting?


Honestly this was the most complicated part of planning my garden. Companion planting is when you plant things next to each other that compliments growth and taste as well as gives protection from pests.




A list of what I’m growing


  • Cherry Tomato

  • Big boy tomatoes

  • Cucumbers

  • purple / white cauliflower

  • Spinach

  • Salad mix

  • Romaine Lettuce

  • Carrots

  • Kale

  • Collards

  • Swiss chard

  • Banana pepper

  • Hot pepper

  • Bell pepper

  • Basil

  • Parsley

  • Oregano

  • Lavender

  • Rosemary

  • Sweet mint

  • Spearmint

  • Potatoes

  • Ginger


Clearly I’m being a bit of an overachiever, but it's okay! I may not have a perfect harvest all around but it will be a harvest nonetheless.




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