You can grow your own food, friend! From container garden to growing indoor plants near a window or a having a large plot of land with vegetables and herbs, there are many ways to grow your own food!
Square foot garden is another option, and a very popular one, to grow food.
How to Start a Square Foot Garden
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What is a Square Foot Garden?
Square food garden involves using sections (square) for the growing. It is a very easy way to garden and recommended for beginners.
Why a Square Foot Garden?
The main reason people will do square foot gardens is convenience and lack of space. If you are trying to grow a lot of different vegetables, fruits, and herbs, it typically requires spacing everything out properly.
It can become a little disorganized and hard to keep track of, plus the spacing means you need a good amount of land in your backyard.
With a square foot garden, you usually only have about 12 inches per side, so you can have each square foot be a separate crop or plant that you are growing.
It keeps everything contained in a smaller area and separated properly, but letting you grow even with a small amount of land.
How to Build Your Square Foot Garden
When you want to build a square foot garden, each box in the area should be about a square foot, hence why it is 12 inches on each side.
You will want to first decide where the garden will be, and then calculate how many squares you can have in that area.
Creating a grid is really helpful when figuring it out. Then you will need to build a box with this layout and add potting soil to each square evenly.
For the box, try to use lumber that has not been treated, as you don’t want chemicals to be touching your plants and vegetables.
To prevent weeds from growing up, use some type of mat materials on the bottom below where the box will be.
What type of soil is good for a square foot garden?
Compost works well as potting soil for the square foot garden.
What can I plant in my square foot garden?
You can plant vegetables and fruits and herbs on your square foot garden.
An example, you can plant on 1 square foot:
- Collard Greens
- Sweet Potatoes
Can I have more than one box?
Yes, you can use more than one box for a certain vegetable you want more of or use each square in the grid for a separate vegetable and herb.
Just make sure you label each one, so you know when to water it.
Now that you have an idea about what square foot garden is, you can start growing your own food.
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