All Things Gardening forum: Square foot gardening

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Name: Liz Shaw
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LizDTM
Oct 17, 2017 10:13 PM CST
I have seen a mention here and there on the forums about square foot gardening - I think by Philip? Not sure... But I was intrigued enough to order a sample of the book. Except that I have fat fingers and ended up buying the book instead. Anyway, once I had it, I read it, and enjoyed it. I'm intrigued by the idea that you can grow any veggie in 6" of soil, even corn. I spent so much time trying to figure out how big my containers had to be to grow various crops and never could get any reliable information on that.

I am not going to go to square beds in a 4x4 pattern with lovely grids as he advocates. But this book really gave me an understanding of how to figure out how many seeds or plants go into a container and how to space them. When I set my new sheep tank up, I did make grids with gravel and then planted within them. I'm very excited to see how it works.

If you are an SFGer, give me a shoutout and share some tips!
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Oct 18, 2017 4:30 AM CST
LizDTM said:I have seen a mention here and there on the forums about square foot gardening - I think by Philip? Not sure... But I was intrigued enough to order a sample of the book. Except that I have fat fingers and ended up buying the book instead. Anyway, once I had it, I read it, and enjoyed it. I'm intrigued by the idea that you can grow any veggie in 6" of soil, even corn. I spent so much time trying to figure out how big my containers had to be to grow various crops and never could get any reliable information on that.

I am not going to go to square beds in a 4x4 pattern with lovely grids as he advocates. But this book really gave me an understanding of how to figure out how many seeds or plants go into a container and how to space them. When I set my new sheep tank up, I did make grids with gravel and then planted within them. I'm very excited to see how it works.

If you are an SFGer, give me a shoutout and share some tips!


I grow by SQ FT gardening. A sq foot of carrots by a sq ft of radishes by 1 brussells sprout, etc, It works great for me.

I pull the last carrot in June and replant the sq ft with spinach. Harvest the last radish in one sq ft and plant chard in immediately after adding some compost.

My beds are never out of production.

And with 3'x8" beds, they are easy to reach into and harvest or weed.


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RpR
Oct 18, 2017 1:06 PM CST
There are all kinds of Utoob clips if one wants to watch them.
Name: Liz Shaw
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LizDTM
Oct 18, 2017 10:11 PM CST
@Yardenman, you are the one that inspired me to get the book! Thank you! Definitely need to try carrots!

@RpR, I am addicted to YouTube videos about gardening LOL.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Anaïs Nin

cristywilton
Oct 19, 2017 2:27 AM CST
I too desperately wants to know about square foot garden.
Name: Arlene
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florange
Oct 19, 2017 12:25 PM CST
On Monday, Oct 16, I planted the first part of my fall vegetable garden using square foot gardening. In the raised box I planted 4 kinds of lettuce, spinach carrots, radish, beans and basil. Since then we've had about 3" of rain. Yesterday had sun and today is totally sunny and 82 degrees. EVERYTHING is coming up! Everything!!! I'll provide pictures when the plants get big enough the camera can see them.
Name: greene
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greene
Oct 19, 2017 3:28 PM CST
Not to send anyone off site, but there is an offical Square Foot Gardening Forum here:
http://squarefoot.creatingforu...

There are some nice people and lots of good questions and answers, but (in my opinion) I prefer to stay with NGA and only lurk over there once in a while.

When using the square foot method the planting medium used is all-important because we are asking a small amount of medium to do a big job. No need to spend tons of money for some official bagged stuff, just get the mix right and you'll do fine. Most of my raised beds are modified-square foot gardens as I am too lazy to plot things out on a grid. *Blush*
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Name: Liz Shaw
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LizDTM
Oct 19, 2017 9:25 PM CST
I am registered over there, too, @greene, but it's not very active. Really happy to find that my local nursery is now carrying the coconut coir, as I'm using that instead of peat moss.

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Anaïs Nin
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RpR
Oct 20, 2017 6:57 PM CST
This square foot soil, what is it?
How long does it last before it must be amended?
Can you just use good dirt?
Name: Liz Shaw
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LizDTM
Oct 20, 2017 9:32 PM CST
The mix advocated in the book is not soil. It's equal parts peat moss, vermiculite and compost. Some folks ignore this.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Anaïs Nin
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Oct 21, 2017 8:58 AM CST
Im basically like @green. 😎
SQ foot gardening is cool. But ?😕??? Its not rocket science. 👹👹👹
I just guess inches, 18 inches, etc. Markers, like string, little sticks going criss-cross, is all astetic. But ! They do look cool 😁.
Id just cut some knoches on top of bed, one foot apart, if i was going to get technical. But thats just my thought/thinking. Shrug!
Greene might approve ! Or, she usually ! CAN BEAT ME !!! 🙈 Dad-burn-it. 😭

😎😎😎
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
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RpR
Oct 21, 2017 9:55 AM CST
LizDTM said:The mix advocated in the book is not soil. It's equal parts peat moss, vermiculite and compost. Some folks ignore this.

Well unless you commit wormicide that will turn into plain old dirt.
Do they toss it out and start over?

Name: Liz Shaw
Gilbert, AZ (Sunset Zone 13) (Zone 9a)
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LizDTM
Oct 21, 2017 1:10 PM CST
No, just keep adding compost as they take out plants and put new seeds in.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Anaïs Nin

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