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If- you like to build things, you are going to love this chapter. A Square Foot Garden can be a lot like working with Erector® sets, Lincoln Logs®, or Legos®. Since SFG grows so much in so little space and is made with readily available materials, the basic box projects outlined in this chapter won t take all your time, space, or money.

Why Boxes?

Just as a reminder, there are several reasons we build boxes for our Square Foot Gardens.

  1. Looks neat and tidy.
  2. Organizes and simplifies your gardening chores.
  3. Holds a special soil mix aboveground.
  4. It s easy to add protective features.

If your garden is boxed in, it has already-established limits for you. And if you make sure to add a grid, it establishes not only a pattern but a formula for success.

Boxes also hold your perfect soil mix so that it doesn't spill out or wash away in a heavy rainstorm. And when there's no defining line between plant-growing soil and walkways, there's a greater chance that someone will step into the growing soil—a big no-no for this SFG method.

Lets start with the basic 4x4 SFG box. Examples of box materials that can be used include:

  • Natural wood
  • Man made wood
  • Recycled plastic
  • Vinyl
  • Or any other manmade material available in lumber sizes

Recommended Material Size

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  • 1 X6-inch lumber for the most economical, low traffic garden; or
  • 2 X6-inch lumber for sturdier boxes or heavy traffic garden areas.

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