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Square Foot Gardening

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No Weeding, No Digging, No Tilling, No Kidding!

Square Foot Gardening is a simple, unique and versatile system that adapts to all levels of experience, physical ability, and geographical location.  Grow all you want and need in only 20% of the space of a conventional row garden.

The Ten Basics of Square Foot Gardening

1. LAYOUT- Arrange your garden in squares, not rows.  Lay it out in 4'x4' areas.
2. BOXES- Build boxes to hold a new soil mix above ground- only 6" deep.

3. AISLES- Space boxes 3' apart to form walking aisles.
4. SOIL- fill boxes with special soil mix: one- third compost (made from many different ingredients), one-third peat moss, and one-third vermiculite.

5. GRID- Make a square foot grid for the top of each box to organize the garden for planting.

6. CARE- Never walk on the growing soil.  Tend to your garden from the aisles.  Few, if any, weeds sprout and are easily pulled with fingers.  Soil stays loose.

7. SELECT- Plant a different flower, vegetable, or herb crop in each square foot, using spacing of 1, 4, 9, or 16 plants per square foot. 

8. PLANT- Conserve seeds. Plant only a pinch (2 or 3 seeds) per hole. Place transplants in a slight saucer-shaped depression. Plant only what you will use during each season.

9. WATER- Ideally water by hand from a bucket of sun-warmed water (hose or drip system okay).
10. HARVEST- When you finish harvesting a square foot, add compost to replenish nutrients and replant with a new and different crop.


LOCATION

* Pick an area that gets 6-9 hours of sunshine daily.
* Stay clear of trees/shrubs where roots shade may interfere.
*Have is close to the house for convenience and protection.

 

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