Revisiting Square Foot Gardening Series Post #1

As you know I have decided to do raised beds this year in order to make the care and maintenance of the garden easier for me.  I have also decided to embrace Square Foot Gardening to help increase my garden yields.

So I have sat down and drawn out my garden as it is right now.  It is currently 12 feet wide by 20 feet long.  I am planing on making the beds 2 feet wide by 12 feet long. So doing the math you will end up with 24 squares that are 1 foot by 1 foot in each bed.


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Here is a great example of simple raised beds.

Now these beds are wider than mine are going to be. Also based on your location, you can determine which direction would be best to plant your plants. Meaning are you going Left to Right or Top to Bottom.  For my beds Left to right provides the most sunlight.


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Now this is another amazing set up. Very clean lines and lots of space for all your Veggies!


Now your bed does not need to be very fancy. You can use cement blocks. split logs, or just mound it up.  It all depends on how much money you want to spend on it and your desire for a specific look.

The most important fact here is to increase the amount of veggies that come out of your garden with the minimal amount of work. Square Foot Gardening is also really great when you are planning on doing Succession Planting. This is where you stagger your plants so that you can continue to harvest for several weeks, even months.


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2 Responses to Revisiting Square Foot Gardening Series Post #1

  1. Sherri says:

    We use the square foot gardening method too. We had just one box last year but are planning to add 3 more! What are you planning to fill your boxes with- the traditional Mel’s mix? We are trying to find alternatives for the peat moss for sustainability reasons.

    • I use a combination of Chicken Manure-Aged of course, along with Cow Manure, Black Dirt from my compost pile that is currently aged 4 years, a little bit of sand to keep everything from sticking together. This has worked for us for many years with a lot of success.

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