I love Square Foot Gardening! It’s the easiest way to grow a lot of food in a small space. I don’t have a big backyard, so growing the food I love to eat is important to me. I first heard of this method years ago by reading Mel Bartholomew’s book “Square Foot Gardening”. He has a preferred soil mixture, but for me, I use a good mix of garden soil and compost. Feel free to choose what works best for you.
The basics of this method is really quite simple; know what you can plant in a sq. ft. For example, I plant one tomato in a square but I also grow lettuce around the bottom of the tomato. I put 8 pea seeds in a square and 4 pole beans in the one next to it. I’ll put 12 onions in a square and one Basil in another. You can find planting plans online, or buy the book to learn more about this easy method of growing healthy food.
I like to keep it simple. My raised beds are 4’W x8L’ the perfect size to reach in from either side to plant seeds, harvest or weed. I take a black Sharpie marker and my tape measure to mark 12” marks along the top of my 8’ board, then do the same on the 4’ boards. I have a 4’ yard stick that I use to line up those little sharpie marks to find my squares and plant away!
I keep a garden journal of what I planted. I get two plantings of beans, peas and broccoli since they are cooler season veggies. I like to plant them early in the season and again later for a second crop. I love to plant carrots around the edges and leave them until we’ve had a few frosty nights. It makes them sweeter! This is a great gardening method to enjoy yummy veggies!
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