What is Square Foot Gardening?

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What is Square Foot Gardening?


Square foot gardening works in both small garden spaces and in larger gardens. The idea was created by Mel Bartholemew. It’s a form of raised bed gardening that is very popular.

You build a 4’ x 4’ planter box, line it with weedcloth, and fill it with a particular blended mixture of soil. Then you add a wooden grid that partitions the box into 1’ x 1’ squares. After that you can plant your crops in each square using Mel’s recommendations on number of seeds.

I like a lot of things about this method. It can be used in areas with poor soil. It reduces seed and water waste. It also looks pretty neat. I think you could raise the boxes higher by adding legs or putting them on top of wooden platforms. This would greatly reduce bending and stooping for all gardeners.

Mel claims that you can grow your garden plants with:

  • 50% of the cost
  • 20% of the space
  • 10% of the water
  • 5% of the seeds
  • 2% of the work

This article explains everything you need to know to start gardening using square foot gardening. There’s also a short video where Mel discusses the method.

Click on the What is Square Foot Gardening? link below to read about this exciting gardening method.

What is Square Foot Gardening?

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