Port Clinton native to discuss square foot gardening

Technique explains how to garden in small spaces
Tom Jackson
Jul 10, 2014



Good things grow in small spaces.

John Marek, a North Carolina economic development official and a native of Port Clinton, is returning home to share the news about square foot gardening, a gardening method touted as using less space, less work and less water.

Lauren Lemmon, the library's assistant director and financial officer, also runs the library's gardening programs.

Gardeners will want to show up and learn about a different kind of gardening that's less work than a normal vegetable garden, Lemmon said. 

"It's a different way to approach gardening," she said. 

The Square Foot Gardening Foundation says its mission is to teach self-sustainability and reliance through gardening and to promote a lifestyle that helps people manage their health in a positive manner.

The group's website has instructions on how to carry out square foot gardening. It suggests building a frame four feet wide out of lumber, dividing the square into grids, and putting the plants inside the grids. 

The author of two books on marketing, Marek is a certified square foot gardening instructor.

Marek, who attended Immaculate Conception Elementary and Port Clinton junior and senior high schools and is now director of business retention and expansion and also director of marketing for Statesville Regional Development, has had a lifelong interest in the outdoors. His current post, specializing in marketing rural and small communities, allows him to connect his business interests with his outdoor passions, he said. 


Square foot gardening class

WHAT: Class on square foot gardening, taught by John Marek.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Ida Rupp Public Library, 310 Madison St., Port Clinton.

COST: Free. 



wow did i take the wrong road to a job. I could of done this. How is the class free..Does he work for free. maybe i am missing something

Mr. D

Welcome home, Johnny!


I've been doing square foot gardening for years (the technique isn't a new one -- the first book I read on the subject was published decades ago, and I was just lucky enough to find it at an estate sale). I can vouch for the fact that it takes less space, is easier to weed and KEEP weeded, and it produces very, VERY well.

If you're at all interested in gardening, take the class if you're inclined (it's free, after all), or read about it on the Internet (which is all you REALLY need to do). I've modified some of the ideas to suit my own personal tastes and needs, and you'll probably do the same. But the basic technique is solid as can be!

P.S. Don't spend the $40+ on a raised bed to assemble. Just pick up the lumber, cut it (or have it cut), paint it, and hook it all together. Even I can do it (and have)!

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What do you grow, Sam?