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Square Foot Gardening (SFG) is one of the simplest things you will ever learn that will improve your life. This sub is for conversation around SFG specifically. Anyone interested in SFG should read the book "Square Foot Gardening" by Mel Bartholomew. Currently in its third edition, it's the original resource on the SFG method, and remains the primary resource for SFG enthusiasts.

The Square Foot Gardening method is one of the simplest things you will ever learn that will improve your life.

It's a simple method for planting seeds in a specific way in a raised bed garden. It was popularized in the 1980's and has helped home gardeners across the world grow their own food. It's a foolproof way to enjoy a beautiful garden and plentiful harvest every year.

Frequently asked question:

HOW DO I CREATE A SQUARE FOOT GARDEN?

Read up on SFG here and here, and in the SFG book, available in libraries. You'll emerge with the following basic knowledge:

Step One

Build a raised planter box with interior dimensions in increments of one square foot. Example: two feet by four feet.

Step Two

Fill with potting soil. You'll blend a custom mix of equal parts peat moss, coarse vermiculite, and assorted brands of compost (or better, your own homemade compost).

Step Three

Add a grid and start planting! It’s that simple!

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Let’s See some trellises!

Let’s inspire others and share our trellising systems!

Personally I don’t like mine but I was in a money pinch so I used what I had. I have some snap peas growing. But I’d like to see how others have their set up. I’ll post a proper picture when I’m home.

Can you show a picture of your system and what crop is using it?

7 Comments
2024/06/17
13:53 UTC

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Harbor Freight Soaker Hose

Has anyone used these? I just picked one up today as they had a coupon with % off any item depending on how much it was. How long would you recommend letting it go per day? our bed is 6X4 feet and I looped it back and forth several times around the bed and near all our plants (peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, romaine, strawberries, and eggplant.

4 Comments
2024/06/16
16:05 UTC

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Pests

Hey! We planted some Yukon gold seed potatoes a couple of months ago, The plants all died back, and I went to go harvest today and..... I got maybe 2 decent-sized potatoes and 2 baby, tiny potatoes. all the rest had been eaten over god knows how long. So upset.

There are, for sure, Asian jumping worms in there, a ton. springtails, earwigs, centipedes, etc., and probably slugs, but not sure. How do I keep this from happening in the future? We literally planted in a large wooden barrel, not even in a Sq. ft garden, so I'm at a total loss.

4 Comments
2024/06/15
06:25 UTC

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Adding Marigolds?

I’m brand new to this. This is my current layout plan. Would I be able to add marigolds at the edge of the tomato plant spaces? Or is that too crowded? Should I plant them outside the bed instead or just skip them altogether? The tomato plants are Big Boys and the marigolds would be dwarfs.

14 Comments
2024/06/13
00:29 UTC

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Today’s Harvest

Zucchini that hid from me got huge!!! Summer squash, cucumbers, jalapeños, banana peppers and cherry tomatoes..

8 Comments
2024/06/12
23:10 UTC

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Newb compost mistake - how to fix?

Hi y’all. I fell into a common newbie mistake and wasn’t able to secure multiple compost sources for my Mel’s Mix. I’m guessing that’s why all my plants are really lackluster and not showing a lot of growth. After several weeks, some stuff hasn’t moved at all and is still a baby seedling rather than a Godzilla plant monster.

Question: can I fix this after the fact? I’ve been making compost tea from reg compost sources + worm casings and have sprayed that every two weeks (now twice). Can I add different compost sources on the top of the soil under the straw mulch I have to help? I don’t want my whole first season to be crappy. :/ Halp!

25 Comments
2024/06/11
17:25 UTC

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Need advice re; bugs. And squash.

Found a spider in a small net on my cauliflower plant, it was light, almost pale straw colored and kind of big. Are these beneficial? What about ants? I see those a lot when im weeding. And I planted "black beauty zucchini" which is growing great but is sprawling over basically my whole garden. Any advice on how to redirect the already grown plant? I'm afraid it's preventing all of its neighbors from getting enough sun. I live in zone 7 in USA incase that matters for this post. Thank you !

2 Comments
2024/06/10
19:59 UTC

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Cucumber advice

Is this normal? First time growing cucumbers. These are a container variety so I have them in a grow bag.

13 Comments
2024/06/09
16:52 UTC

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Advice on soil for a beginner starting SFG

https://preview.redd.it/nqy29qsb6k5d1.jpg?width=5296&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=4afed9a9b14c693fcb14b9606b02a7eb4d996ea3

The owners of the property I live on recently built a bunch of raised beds and kindly offered me the use of one which is about 4x5 (actually 46”x66” with 4” corner blocks as shown in the picture). They’ve already filled it with a mixture of organic topsoil, mushroom compost, and manure approximately 6-7 inches deep, however.

Short of digging out all that for a fresh batch of Mel’s Mix, which feels like a waste (and might be impolite to the owners), how can (or should?) I best modify the soil composition?

They did say that the soil dries out quickly, so maybe a combination of peat moss/coconut coir and vermiculite to help better retain moisture? (There’s only 2ish inches of space from the top of the box, but maybe I could remove out some of the soil…).

I know we’re well into the growing season, but I’ve been wanting to start a garden for a while and this opportunity just opened up. I’ll probably make another post when I get to the crop planning stage — still working my way through the book and will be gathering supplies this week :)

Thank you in advance for any advice here!

2 Comments
2024/06/09
14:41 UTC

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My first year gardening. Built a square foot irrigation grid to save time. So far so good. Harvested my first batch of lettuce this week.

3 Comments
2024/06/08
20:54 UTC

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First timer and I’m embarrassed to ask people in real life if this is good

I’m pretty sure this is way too overcrowded?

22 Comments
2024/06/05
16:16 UTC

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First square foot harvest

First harvest in my very first square foot garden. It’s been a while since I’ve grown vegetables, and I’ve never grown radishes before. Was stunned at how easy they are ☺️

4 Comments
2024/06/05
02:51 UTC

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Also, what’s eating a lot of my greens? And what to do about it?

The bulk of my plantings are being chawmped on by some critter or insect… any thoughts? I’m battling pavement ants in the yard but as far as I know they don’t eat greens, I have seen some slugs at night, could it be them? Any organic solutions?

19 Comments
2024/06/04
18:53 UTC

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What did I do wrong with my radishes?

So these are my French Breakfast “radishes” after 2 months in the soil… I did start them inside and transplant to my beds… what did I do wrong?

10 Comments
2024/06/04
18:41 UTC

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Todays Harvest

Being overrun by Zucchini, Summer Squash, and cucumbers!!!

12 Comments
2024/06/03
23:12 UTC

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My first babies. This one are my peppers and cucumbers

2 Comments
2024/06/03
22:27 UTC

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My first year transitioning from a container garden to raised beds. My first year starting some crops from seed. I left them in the ground 1.5-2x longer than I should have. Some of them split. And still....I am immensely proud of these radishes!

10 Comments
2024/06/02
21:38 UTC

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Plants are struggling in new bed

This is a new raised bed. I put Mel's mix in it using black kow compost. Compared to other seasons my plants are struggling. They are growing very slow and then dying. Where do I start to get to the bottom of the problem? In the past I have had organic compost delivered and everything thrived. The only difference this year is the source of the compost.

14 Comments
2024/06/02
19:52 UTC

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Zone 7b -- what can I plant from seed at this point, and what should I just buy starters for?

I just finally got my beds filled with Mel's Mix. I think our last frost date is usually around Mother's Day here, so I'm about a month behind where I had hoped to be. Looking to get my beds planted ASAP, but not sure what veggies I can or should grow from seed at this point, or if I should just get starters?

10 Comments
2024/06/01
20:54 UTC

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Blueberries, other edible perrenials in SFG?

A few years ago I built several very large raised beds (too large!) and always end up with extra squares. So I'm considering planting some edible perrenials in some of the squares to use up that space. I have a particular fondness for blueberries and would love to plant some bushes in my SFG beds.

Has anyone tried blueberries in a SFG bed? Any other edible perennials (esp. fruit!) you might recommend?

6 Comments
2024/06/01
19:01 UTC

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