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

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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/r/SquareFootGardening

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Feedback for raised bed garden? Will my winter squash/tomatoes block sun?

Sorry for the basic format, but I use Google Sheets cause it's just easy and free. I'm wondering if I can plant my winter squash and tomatoes like this, up a trellis, or if they'll shade each other out. Straw1 and Straw2 are strawflowers which will be planted on the outer edge. This area gets ~10 hours or so of sunlight each day so not too worried about that. Snap 1 and 2 aren't snap peas but snapdragons. I plan to interplant flowers/herbs with my veggies.

Also, if you have any suggestions for what to plant in between them, I'll definitely take them. Or other feedback! This is my second year gardening and my plans are rather ambitious. :)

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0 Comments
2024/02/11
22:51 UTC

18

Thoughts on plan? Also questions on seed starting.

9 Comments
2024/02/07
00:11 UTC

36

Am I delusional? Zone 8a. Tomatoes would be trellised.

32 Comments
2024/02/05
05:28 UTC

5

Favorite Salsa Tomato

What’s everyone’s favorite tomato to grow in their SFG’s for restaurant style salsa making?

6 Comments
2024/02/03
00:29 UTC

53

I think I bit off more than I can chew and now I'm overwhelmed.

I've been wanting to start a garden for years, and the birth of my daughter has motivated me more to get some kind of sustainability going on our 11 acres.

I the fall i prepped a decent portion by the house 30x40 feet and ordered seeds for thia spring. Now we're in February and I'm sweating, I don't know where to start, what I'm supposed to sow indoors/outdoors. What's supposed to be planted with what.

I knew going into it that it was not going to be easy, but I have never felt more stupid and defeated by a plant.

If anyone has any advice for me I'd be so grateful.

Edit. Thank you so much for all the suggestions. I appreciate it so much.

45 Comments
2024/02/02
06:09 UTC

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Took a stab at planning my first SFG

I have a 10'x10' plot. My squash and watermelon are dwarf (2-3ft vines), as are my sunflowers. Debating changing my corn to dwarf to prevent shading out other plants.

Peas and beans are interplanted with corn, and the middle section has jalpeno and bell peppers, edamame, okra, eggplant, and a cherry tomato plant.

Is this too crowded? Any advice is appreciated!

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4 Comments
2024/02/01
01:04 UTC

12

How to Plan Your Summer Garden... In January

1 Comment
2024/01/30
12:52 UTC

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Looking for feedback on my first SFG plan.

28 Comments
2024/01/29
16:36 UTC

1

@nd Year Massive Increase help

Not sure why but my post was removed before, here Ill try again

Hey last year I posted what my plan was for my first year SFGing, and honestly it didn't even go remotely as planned but it was a massive success either way. My wife has now told me she wants to go from 1 bed to 3/4. Ive built the second raised bed, and im building 2 smaller raised beds with lattice for trellising. Id love for anyone to take a gander at it and see if I am crazy with what I am hoping to do/ if some of the stuff will or wont work.

Link to Layout:https://imgur.com/a/dH9I2YF

0 Comments
2024/01/29
13:44 UTC

8

Do you really plant 9 bush beans per square foot?

I’m all for maximizing my space, but wondering if anyone has done 9 bush beans to a square foot and had good results?

19 Comments
2024/01/29
02:39 UTC

4

Companion Planting Help!

I just got my first garden plot and I am very excited. I am a first-time gardener away from home (I have usually gardened with my mum but have moved away for college). My plot is 3x4 meters and I am located on Vancouver Island (the West Coast of Canada). I am at a loss as to what to plant, especially companion planting to get the most out of my space. I'd like some greens, tomatoes, peppers, herbs, carrots, and a few flowers. It is coming into February here and I know I need to get started but I am getting so overwhelmed while researching. Does anyone have any recommendations on how to lay out my plot to make the most of the space?

2 Comments
2024/01/28
22:31 UTC

13

Feeling good about the start to my second ever garden, forst from seed.

9 Comments
2024/01/28
15:43 UTC

7

Designing Beds

Hello all,

I’m super excited to start a garden this year. I began with Minifarming (Markham) and have drifted over to square foot gardening because the community seems a little better, though they’re much the same.

Here’s the question: Minifaming has a big focus on crop rotation and moving what you grow to build good soil and especially to reduce pest problems in your beds. How do you do this with plants that are annual, semiannual and ones that live different amounts of time? Can you just find annual species of all plants? Or is rotation not that important in square foot gardening?

I’m new to gardening so be nice, but tell me anything I’m missing or not getting.

3 Comments
2024/01/23
19:33 UTC

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Looking for raised bed plans

I’m starting to plan out a raised bed at our new house. This will be in the front yard as the backyard has too much shade. I need to make it deer “proof” as much as possible so I was wondering if anyone had plans for the build. Looking to be 6’x3’.

2 Comments
2024/01/21
22:03 UTC

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Square Foot Gardening AI assistant

Hey all, check out this AI square-foot-gardening assistant to give you advice, tips all personalized to your garden's grow zone. It even does plant, pest and disease ID! - The Soil Sage

1 Comment
2024/01/21
18:03 UTC

10

Master spacing chart?

Is there a comprehensive chart that shows how many seeds can be planted per square depending on the vegetable? If it has other information too that’s fine! But really looking to make sure I’m maximizing my garden and not under/over planting.

3 Comments
2024/01/21
14:48 UTC

283

First time. advice? Zone 9a

Planning my first SFG and first garden in a long time. Cucumber side borders my shed, it’s an existing bed.

Planning to start a lot of these indoors this week, minus the carrots and cucumbers.

Will be growing some herbs/green onions in the flower bed in front of my house.

45 Comments
2024/01/20
22:32 UTC

12

Seed starting vs direct sowing?

I am gearing up for my first garden and I am going to try and approach it through the square foot garden method. I am in zone 7B and will be growing mostly everything from seed to reduce cost. I'm trying to decide if I really need to start everything in advance inside the house in a starter tray or if there are only certain vegetables that it's necessary for, or if I'm better off just directly planting seeds in the raised bed from the get-go. For anyone who's in a similar zone what do you do?

11 Comments
2024/01/15
21:05 UTC

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Feedback on Plan for a Community Garden Plot

Hi all,I'm quite the beginning gardener and going to have my second year of square foot gardening in a community garden plot which I get access to from May-October in Zone 6b. Looking for some feedback on my draft.

I tried to consider things like taller vegetables on the north side and tried to be strategic on placing companion vegetables close together. Are there other considerations that I am missing or could be improving?

I left the most north side empty in the chart but was hoping to do either or both of sunflowers or dahlias. Would this be too cramped?

Super appreciative of any advice or feedback. Thanks!

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8 Comments
2024/01/13
21:37 UTC

14

Bush Green Beans?

Anyone have real world experience on the “9 plants per square foot” about bush green beans? I’m going to be growing the Cantare variety. I’m new to gardening, in general, but square foot gardening appeals to my OCD. I’m just worried that 9/ square foot might be too many. Anyone tried it? What do you suggest?

13 Comments
2024/01/13
20:37 UTC

4

Garage Build Indoor Garden Hydroponic Machine (Automata Cultiva)

0 Comments
2024/01/12
08:31 UTC

9

Advice for Novice Gardener

Hello all!

I’m planning out my 4x4 square foot garden for 2024 and I want to add a hog panel trellis to one side for vining veggies. What is the best side of the garden (north, south etc) to place the trellis? Thank you in advance for any advice!

5 Comments
2024/01/11
21:30 UTC

14

Soil blocker experience

Hi , I started SFG last year and am really pleased with the success of it and want to continue next year. I am looking at planting seedlings to be able to sale at Farmers Markets in my community. Wondering if anyone has any experience with soil blocks? Just wondering if they will be large enough to hold the roots for 4-8wks ? I’m trying to eliminate as much plastic waste as possible but am not sure if the roots won’t outgrow the soil. Any recommendations?

5 Comments
2023/12/30
20:03 UTC

4

Question?

A few questions I have as a beginner Gardner.

I have a lot of pricker bushes that I have been cutting down the past two days in my soon to be garden area. Should I remove the roots of these bushes or leave them for nutrients to the soil?

Should I teal up the ground around it and put garden soil into it before I plant seeds? Teal it up really well and mix in the soil wait a month or two then teal again and plant the seeds?

Wanting to take my crops to farmers market and sell them in the summer. Planning to plant around May?

3 Comments
2023/12/23
23:58 UTC

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