Square Foot Gardening

Square foot gardening is a great option for people who have limited space, but still want to eat home grown vegetables. So what is square foot gardening, and how do you get started?
First, Square foot gardens are done in a 4 foot by 4 foot raised grow bed. You will want to choose a sunny location that receives at least 8 hours of direct sunlight. Then you need to fill the grow box with topsoil, peat moss and a few different kinds of compost. To make a well drained, fertile soil. then you can make a grid for the top that gives each plant 1 square foot for each plant.

Be sure not to step in the grow box as this will pack down the soil and inhibit root growth. You will also need to water by hand, or set up a soaker hose, and an automatic watering system. Keep the grow box weed free as they will not compete well with the weeds for the nutrients and water needed to produce well.
Keep the garden growing quickly as this will produce the best garden, and provide some fertilizer early on to kick start the growth. Then fertilize to the needs of each vegetable you plant.
For a list of the best plants to plant in a square foot garden visit this website.
Square foot gardening can produce great results in a smaller area than is traditionally used. A great planning tool is this online garden planner that can has an option for square foot gardening. One thing that I would advise when using this method particularly if you are watering by hand is to check the soil often. you don’t want it to dry out as this will stunt the growth of the vegetables, and you also do not want the garden to get over watered as this will eventually kill the plants. So check daily, and if particularly hot, twice a day. The soil is not very deep, and can dry out quickly.
Happy Gardening!


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