Starting a Square-Foot Gardening


With the vast urban planning and the ever growing real estate businesses everywhere, the space for gardening is becoming smaller and smaller each day.

We have seen so many urban gardeners trying to squish in their hobbies in gardening and they have been very successful in it.

But what if, you have your own house with a right size backyard? And gardening is one of the hobbies you can not just put on the side?

Square-foot gardening is the answer.

Square-foot gardening is a simple gardening concept and even a newbie gardener can Left_garden_bedstart this kind of gardening. By dividing the raised bed by 12″ in squares, thus square-foot gardening got its name and it was coined by Mel Bartholomew in 1981 from book.

Many will now wonder, how can we ever grow what we want to plant in a cramped 12″ space?  I want to grow more tomatoes, can I do this in square-foot gardening?

One of the major issue square-foot gardening from seasoned gardeners is that, plants are bundled close together that dwarf plants may be the result.

Plus, not only it will gro dwarf plants, but it may grow to be an unhealthy one because of the nutritional benefit that it can’t get from the soil and water.

Even if there are much criticism about this kind of gardening, many still want to try and eagerly starting their own square-foot gardening for it’s very low-cost in maintenance, uses a small amount of organic fertilizer and it prevents weeds to grow.

How to start your own square-foot garden?

  • Construct your raised bed with measurements 12×4 feet wide and 12″ tall.  These are the standard size but still will depend on how big you want to build your raised bed that fits your small garden.
  • Once you put in the dirt (soil mixed with compost, moss and vermiculite), create a th (3)grid over the bed that looked much similar to a folded chess board.
  • If you are planning to build 2 or more raised beds, spaces between the beds should be 3 feet apart for walking space when watering the plants.
  • With the grids tucked permanently, select the plants (flowers, vegetables or herb) in each grid.  For every raised bed, you can plant 9 to 16 crops.
  • See to it that you need to plant in 2-3 seeds per grid.
  • Now that you have planted the seeds, your next step is tend on your garden by proper watering by hand.  Using garden hose might drown your seeds and may tend to not to grow.
  • Depending on the seeds you plant in, you can now just wait for the plants to grow and harvest your reward.

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