Plan Your Garden

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This chapter is going to talk about three basic components of Square Foot Gardening.

■ Size

  • Location
  • Design

Size

Your garden will be laid out in square or rectangular boxes separated by walking aisles. Build your boxes from materials like wood, bricks, or blocks. If you don't like the idea of common wood, which will eventually rot or be eaten by termites, use a more expensive wood like cedar or redwood. You can even use some of the manmade composite 'wood" or recycled plastic or vinyl. The wood I like best is free wood. You can usually can get it from any construction site, but always ask the foreman first.

If you decide to use lumber, you 11 be happy to know the advantage of 4x4 gardens is that all lumber comes in 8-foot lengths. Most home improvement centers will cut it in half for you at little or no cost. Your boxes can be made from just about any material except treated wood because the chemicals used to treat the wood are not something you want leaching into your garden.

How Much Is Enough?

If you're figuring a SFG for an adult, remember that:

  1. One 4x4 Square Foot Garden box (equal to 16 square feet) will supply enough produce to make a salad for one person every day of the growing season.
  2. One more 4x4 box will supply the daily supper vegetables for that person.

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