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The term ‘square foot gardening’ was coined by Mel Bartholomew in 1981. So what is square foot gardening? It is the method of dividing a raised garden bed into small square sections that are one foot squared. The intention is to help you plan and estimate yields in a small but intensively farmed garden. At Edible Garden we use this method on our Micro Farm’s. Although many growers can find methods that produce higher yields this way results in a simple and orderly gardening system.
Each square can be used for a different kind of plant. The number of plants per square depend on the individual plant’s size. For example, a single broccoli plant will take up an entire square foot while you can get two cucumber plants in the same square. You can have nine leeks in square or four lettuces, while up to sixteen radishes can fit in another square. You can find more information about what plants and their quantities in our Square Foot Garden Bed Planner just drop us contact us and we can send it to you.
Getting Started With Square Foot Gardening
For those who have decided that square foot gardening is the way to go, try building a raised garden bed. Fill the bed with a mixture of topsoil, compost and whatever amendments you need. For more information on our Top 5 Soil Amendments read the post on our blog page. Although our Micro Farm’s are custom fitted we tend to recommend a four foot by twelve foot raised bed.
Once you have filled the raised bed then use string or wood to divide into the appropriate squares as shown above. Now you can begin planting. Think about what you like to eat before you start. Do you eat lots of carrots? If the answer is yes, think about how many carrots you can produce per square and then think about how many squares you are going to need.
We don’t ever grow fruit trees in our Micro Farm’s as it just wouldn’t work, but strawberries are OK. If you have young children and want to also grow fruit try growing a dwarf orchard in a separate place. Most kids love veg but if your child tends to go for fruits and veggies that are naturally sweet then try growing the likes of sugar snap peas, strawberries, cherry tomatoes as well as carrots. Fresh herbs are useful, easy to grow, smell amazing and can deter pests.
Until next time. Learn as you grow.
Your friendly Suburban Farmer – Edible Gardens Team
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