The Basics of Square Foot Gardening

Even though square foot gardening took only two years to develop, it has tremendous advantages over the old-fashioned single row method which is hundreds of years old. That's because this new system is designed for a new society, a new way of life. Today, our leisure time is spent away from home, at some place you must drive to. With this dramaticshift in the use of leisure time and the trend toward more working couples, the average American doesn't have the time to tend a large garden, yet...

Garden Size Location and Layout

One of the advantages of square foot gardening is that it can be practiced profitably on relatively small spaces. A square foot garden takes only 20 percent of the space of a conventional garden. Even the quarter-acre lot of suburban homes is usually adequate. That lot, about 11,000 square feet, is usually divided so that the house and garage take about 3,000 square feet, the driveway another 1,000, and the front and side yards 3,000. This leaves about 4,000 for the backyard. If you converted...

Fill In Your Garden Space Needed

For your initial crop selection, it's best to grow a little of everything. That way, you can see how it goes, both in the growing and selling. Try to stick to the common and easily grown varieties. Divide your garden area into long- and short-season crops. Of course, you are going to have vertical as well as low-growing varieties. For the vertical ones, grow tomatoes and cucumbers. Leave melons and squash until later on. Get a mixture of early-, and late-season tomatoes. That will stretch out...

Cah from Square Foot Gardening

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Typical Yield From A Cash Square Foot Garden

Average Total to Month Unit of Per Sq. Average Total to Month If we leave out corn and eggplant, the average is 90c per month per square foot for a six-month season. That's equal to 5.40 per square foot. That means a garden that measures 640 square feet, like the one on the cover of this book, could take in an average of 640 x 5.40 3,500 per year. By selecting the more profitable crops, that could be almost doubled, to 6,000 per year. But by multiplying the number of months of...

Starting Seeds Indoors

Growing Plants Under Lights Indoors

Make sure you have the right conditions and equipment for starting seeds indoors. You should have a sunny area, preferably a greenhouse or a place with light coming from above. Many people believe that a window with a southern exposure is ideal. They end up with a lot of leggy plants leaning toward that window. For stocky, healthy transplants, it's hard to beat this lighting system. If you don't have a greenhouse or overhead sunlight, you can grow your transplants indoors under lights. The...

Building Boideis

Your beds should be bordered with wood if possible. This makes for a neater garden which is easier to take care of, and it allows you to build up your soil more easily and to cover individual beds more readily for protection see chapter three . The ideal size for lumber is two-by-sixes or two-by-eights. This is fairly expensive if you buy it, but you should be able to find some for free. There's always some construction in the neighborhood and builders throw away a lot of good lumber. Just ask...