The Art Of Square Foot Gardening

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A Proper Vegetable Gardening Layout

A Proper Vegetable Gardening Layout Is Very Important

While vegetable gardening is not quantum physics, you don’t just want to go out there and put the seeds in the ground wherever you like. Most people do know this, but many people aren’t aware of the reasons why and  how to do this. So you’re going to learn a little bit about why planting the proper vegetable gardening layout is key.image

First of all, you need to calculate the amount of space you have. Knowing your garden space is very important because you next need to decide how many vegetables you want to plant. Of course, your next thing to do is to divide them into rows. You need to put space between plants and between rows, so this helps you decide exactly how to plan your vegetable planting.

When you put your plants in rows, you are grouping them together. Why? Well, they grow together better, next to their own kind. And, planting in rows and according to their own kind is what gives them the proper space to grow correctly. Are you starting to see why the proper vegetable gardening layout is very important? 

After planning out your space, how many rows you have, and what vegetables you are going to plant, you must finish out the plan of your garden specifically by deciding how many plants you’re going to have in each row. This makes your space efficient and completes your plan as far as space is concerned.

Of course, you must also get the soil tilled and ready. And, you must make sure that you rid your garden of weeds. And, don’t forget your garden once it’s planted. You also must be watering your garden consistently as it needs plenty of water. And, you must keep the weeds and the bugs away. 

Many people also do not know when to go get their vegetables. They either pick them too soon or wait too long. Gardening is not the easiest thing to do, but the right vegetable gardening layout provides you with the proper start. The more you learn, the better vegetables you will bring to the dinner table.

So properly plan out your space to give them the best chance. You want those delicious and luscious vegetables that your family can use in all the different scrumptious dishes. Starting out on the right foot with your space makes all the difference in the world. 

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Square foot gardening is a great way to grow fresh vegetables in a minimum amount of space.  It is not hard to do, it is adaptable to most any area, the gardens are easy to manage, and they will produce a great deal of food which is of really excellent quality.  Another good thing about square foot gardens is that you do not need a great deal of gardening experience to have a successful yield.

For planning purposes, one square foot garden unit will measure sixteen square feet or 1.5 square meters and will hold about 130 plants.  This size square foot garden will produce enough vegetables for one person.  Using these numbers, a family of four would need only sixty-four square feet or 6 square meters of growing space to grow enough vegetables to see them through an entire growing season and longer (especially if they canned or froze some of them). 

In order to construct one square foot garden unit, you’ll need the following supplies: 

Four untreated wood or composite wood boards measuring 4’ x 12” x 2”

A drill

Twelve wood screws

Sixteen square feet of Weed Block

A shovel

8 cubic feet of compost

8 cubic feet of garden soil

Tape measure


A hammer

Twelve small nails


Vegetable Seeds or starter plants

Begin building the square foot garden by screwing the boards together to form a square 4’ x 4’ frame.   Select an area that is level to place the square foot garden.  Choose a location which receives full sun and is easily accessible for watering and maintenance.  

Put the garden frame in the location that is chosen, ensuring the frame is level.  Walk around inside the frame to flatten any grass.  Remove any rocks or debris.  Place the Weed Block inside the frame on the ground and smooth is out.  It may need to be held in place by small rocks or stakes.  Get the edges of the Weed Block up against the edges of the garden frame as closely as possible. 

Begin layering compost and garden soil into garden frame ensuring they are completely mixed together throughout the entire garden.  The 4’ x 4’ square garden frame will hold 16 cubic feet of soil mixture.  This will fill the frame to within one to two inches from the top. 

Using the tape measure, measure and mark one foot increments along the top of the square foot garden frame.  Mark each increment with a small nail.  Wrap twine around each of the nails straight across from each other creating a sixteen square foot sections in the garden.  

Plant a different vegetable crop in each section.  How many plants or seeds will be planted in each one foot section will depend upon how much space each type of crop needs to grow.  For example, in one section there might be only one tomato plant, but in another there might be eight carrot plants. 

Water and weed each square foot garden section as necessary as the garden grows.  Harvest when ready.  Square foot gardening is a wonderful way to enjoy fresh vegetables even when there is only a small amount of available space in which to garden.  With the right design, plants and attitude, square foot gardening can bring fresh vegetables to any family’s table no matter how small their garden space.


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