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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.
Just as a reminder, there are several reasons we build boxes for our Square Foot Gardens.
- Looks neat and tidy.
- Organizes and simplifies your gardening chores.
- Holds a special soil mix aboveground.
- 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
- Or any other manmade material available in lumber sizes
Recommended Material Size
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- Ross fr om South Carolina
- 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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