Square Foot

Square Foot garden is a way to grow a lot of food in a small space.  You build it in raised beds, about 6 inches tall and 4′ x 4′ using scrap pieces of wood.  The thinking here is that you can reach everything from some side.  Lay down cardboard or newspaper between the grass and your new dirt.  The dirt is made up of  1/3 compost, 1/3 peat moss and 1/3 course vermiculite.  Make a grid over the top making each opening a 1′ square.  When done you should have 16 square feet.

When your seed pack calls for you to plant 1′ apart, that is an extra large plant.  Extra large plants are 1 per square foot.  These are your tomato, peppers and broccoli.

When your seed pack calls for you to plant 6″ apart, that is a large plant.  Large plants are 4 per square foot.  These are your lettuce,

When your seed pack calls for you to plant 4″ apart, that is a medium plant.  Medium sized plants are 9 per square foot.  These are your plants like beans, peas, spinach and beats.

When your seed pack calls for you to plant 2-3″ apart, that is a small plant.  Small sized plants are 16 per square foot. These are your plants like carrots and radishes.

When it comes time to water, you have a 5 gallon bucket near the bed full of water being warmed by the sun.  Get a cup or a bowl then, scoop some water and pour it onto the square you want to water without getting water on the leaves.

The Square Foot garden method can be added to most no till gardening methods which makes it super popular with gardeners world-wide. If you have a raised bed, give this spacing a try. You’ll be happy with how much food you can grow in a small space.