A square meter

Last Sunday I started building my first veggie garden bed ever. It spans a square meter and I'm very excited to see how it will unfold.

Why a square meter?

Constraints. Working within a square meter forces me to get started. There's only so much you can prepare for a square meter. If the bed were any bigger then it suddenly becomes easier for me to fall into the trap of over-preparing.

In one morning I was able to do everything that I needed to build the bed. This includes:

Working with a square meter is ideal for my learning goals. As far as maintaining it and studying it goes, it doesn't get any easier than a square meter.


The main goal for this bed is to learn. I don't have any knowledge whatsoever in the stuff of plants. I have only cared for a couple of houseplants to mild success. To that end this bed will serve as a hands-on classroom for:

I obviously aspire for this system to produce food but that is not the main benchmark for success. If things go in the opposite direction then I will have learned several valuable lessons. Everything is net-positive at this stage and that is very enticing.

I'll be sharing the details and progress of the garden bed in a series of posts.