Before doing anything, I had to visualize my garden. I'm normally a big-time planner but this time my excitement won and I started planting with a lot less planning than I usually do. Next year I'll do better on that front. In my initial plans, I used a 2x7 box because I forgot it was a 4x7 box so there are only two rows of seeds initially.
The first row (left to right): Thyme, Lettuce, Broccoli, Beets, Summer Squash, Pumpkin, Summer Squash
Second row (left to right): Oregano, Pepper, Spinach, Lettuce, Broccoli, Spinach, Chives
See my picture for a rudimentary drawing of the boxes. Most are filled with seeds that required you to have 12'' or more space between them. I tried to denote boxes where I could fit more than one seed into a square foot space by dotted lines. I have to say, Square Foot Gardening (SFG) made it so easy to figure out how and where to plant all of the seeds I had. For example the spinach packet said to thin seedlings to 4'' apart. Instead of planting a whole mess of seeds and then having to cut out some of the seedlings to allow the 'strongest' to survive, I only had to plant a pinch of seeds 4'' apart. Continue for more pictures of seed soaking and planting.
A few days later, I conducted an experiment and buried a few garlic cloves in the garden. Crazy, I know, since most people will tell you to plant garlic in October to harvest them in July. I couldn't resist because we've been getting these amazing heads of garlic from the Honey Brook Organic Farm and I just had to try putting some in the ground! Here's anothing thing I should have read more about before forging ahead. I removed the cloves from their skins, soaked them in rubbing alcohol, and the shoved them in the garden. Looking back, I probably should have kept the skins on.