Because so many gardeners I know are doing inspirational gardening I wanted to introduce you to them. In 2013 I am continuing my series all about garden friends who are interesting, amazing, and have fascinating garden stories. Here’s my friend Michael Nolan, The Garden Rockstar –
Michael Nolan is thee original Garden Rock Star. He is the author of I Garden: Urban Style, Grow the Food That Fits Your Space and Schedule, is a professional blogger for Home Depot with his blog Growing Up, and is one of my close garden writer friends. I have always called him “my brother” because we have the same twisted sense of humor and a similar mindset on gardening and life. In fact, here is an eerie fact: we even look like (see below photo). If I had a beard I would be his twin!
Michael’s passion is split between culinary and gardening and his sustainable personal blog, My Earth Garden is focused on both. Michael’s evil-master-plan is to teach the world about saving money, homesteading, and the healthy idea of doing it yourself from scratch. This season he posted a genius idea on My Earth Garden — a square foot gardening template (see top photo).
Michael says about the template design – ” These templates for square foot gardening are simple to make out of a 1’ square of cardboard, and they make planting according to the grid method ultra-simple without having to lay out strings or boards to keep your boxes straight.”
I love the templates and June is the perfect time to start planting seeds for late fall bounty. Using his template idea makes it super-easy to square foot garden. Here’s a LINK on how to do it. Below you can see that his extreme patio makeover includes a lot of awesome raised bed growing ideas.