How to Build and Plant a Square Foot Garden

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I originally wrote this last spring but wanted to post it again for those of you who might have missed it. 

I know a lot of you are short on space, but still want to have a garden. So I thought it would be cool to plant a square foot garden and show those of you who are new to gardening or who have limited space, that you don’t have to have a huge garden to grow lot’s of tasty produce.  Anyone, anywhere can have a garden.

Square foot gardening basically maximizes space by planting in 1 foot square grids.   It takes a little planning, as far as plant choice and space requirements go, but it is a great way to get the most out of your garden–and really is pretty simple.

For example, the basic principle goes like this:  In a 1′x1′ grid, you can plant 16 carrots or onions, 4 heads of lettuce, 9 beets, or one head of cabbage .  You can get a lot more produce than the traditional row method of gardening.

square foot gardening building a grid

I have 4′x8′ raised beds, so I can get 32 1′x1′ grids out of my beds.  To start, make yourself some sort of grid as a guideline.  The simplest grid would be string or twine, just measure out 1′x1′ and pull the string tight in a squared off pattern. Or if you have scrap wood laying around, you can use that too.

Next, choose your plants {you can check out this spacing chart to get a sense of what each plant needs}.  Plants can be broken up into small, medium, large and extra large categories.  You can plant 16 small plants in each square grid {with 3″ spacing per plant}, 9 medium plants per grid {with 4″ spacing per plant}, 4 large plants per grid {with 6″ spacing per plant}, and 1 extra large plant per grid.

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Because you are packing your plants in, make sure to use plenty of quality compost.  Companion planting is also beneficial in this type of gardening to keep pests at bay {i.e. a square foot of marigolds {considered a large plant} goes a long way in organically keeping your densely packed square foot garden healthy.

P.S. Have you tried square foot gardening before? If so, what vegetables worked best for you?

~Mavis

All New Square Foot Gardening

For more information, check out All New Square Foot Gardening.  It is an amazon bestseller and the author is basically the king of square foot gardening.

 

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Square Foot Gardening – Giant Zucchini Alert!

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Lucy and I were out in the garden this morning so I snapped a few pictures of our square foot garden and holy cow is it overgrown or what? You can hardly see the square foot garden dividers.

giant zucchini

This is the giant zucchini we harvested. I’m not sure how we overlooked it when we were harvesting Swiss chard the other day {the Swiss chard bed is adjacent to the square foot garden} but somehow we did. Looks like a few {okay, 10} loaves of zucchini bread our in our future. ;)

cucumber

The cucumber plants are doing especially well in the square foot garden this year. Next year I’ll have to remember to put some sort of structure in the garden for them to climb on.

kale tree

Ahh the magical kale tree. It just keeps growing, and growing and growing.

kale stalk

Does anyone know how tall it will get? Do you think the kale plant could grow as tall as me?

I don’t know but I’m excited to find out.

strawberry runners

Strawberry runners. Do you have these all over your garden? I need to dig them up and move them pretty soon before they start to take over the entire garden.
lima beans

Okay, so I think this is a lima bean plant but I’m not sure. The leaves are so waxy I almost pulled up the plant because I thought it was a giant weed. Then I noticed the bean pods.

carrot seedlings

Carrot seedlings. I planted a big bed of carrots in another garden bed but I thought it would be fun to grow a few more in the square foot garden too. The carrots I grew here earlier this year did great, so why not plant them again?

roma beans

And last but not least, the Roma beans. Yep, it’s time to harvest.

How is your garden doing these days? Is it winding down or just picking up steam?

Mavis wants to know.

Thinking about putting together a Square foot garden? See the how I built a square foot garden grid HERE. All New Square Foot Gardening For more information, check out All New Square Foot Gardening.  It is an Amazon bestseller and the author, Mel Bartholomew is basically the king of square foot gardening.

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Square Foot Gardening – Fall Peas

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I thought I would give you a quick update on what’s happening in our square foot garden.

garden boxes peasThe sugar snap peas are up! These pea plants will only get about 2 feet tall so they are perfect for a square foot garden.  I planted peas in 6 squares {maybe a few more} and so far the slugs have stayed away. If you have never tried growing fall peas before, GET THEM IN THE GROUND NOW. ;)

garden boxes zuchini

Our first square foot garden zucchini is starting to form. We picked a few zucchinis from the plants growing along the fence, but this will be the first one from the square foot garden. I wonder how many we’ll get.

garden boxes tomatoes

Our third square foot garden tomato. I think this is a Japanese Black Trifele. It should be ready to pick in a few more days.

garden boxes kale

The kale tree.

I wonder how tall it will get. I keep plucking leaves off the bottom and feeding them to the chickens. ;)
garden boxes strawberries

The strawberries are making a comeback. I think I’ll have The Girl pick a basket of them and make some strawberry shortcake for dessert tonight.garden boxes beans

And check it out. More green beans. I think these are the French filet ones. Have you tried these ones yet? They are best picked when small and a great sauteed in a little olive oil and butter.

Did you plant a square foot garden this year? how is it coming along? Any surprises?

~Mavis wants to know.

Read more about my adventures in Square Foot Gardening. Are you thinking about putting together a Square foot garden? See the how I built a square foot garden grid HERE. All New Square Foot Gardening

For more information, check out All New Square Foot Gardening.  It is an Amazon bestseller and the author, Mel Bartholomew is basically the king of square foot gardening.

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Square Foot Gardening is Easy

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Yesterday I spent quite a bit of time in the garden pulling up spent plants and weeding the garden boxes.Even though the day time temps have been pretty warm here {mid 70′s} the mornings have been kind of chilly and it’s already starting to feel like fall.

Which is sort of weird for this time of year. It almost makes me think we’re going to have a long and cold winter {which I wouldn’t mind actually, as long as we get snow}.

pea seeds

I ended up planting 5 squares with Valentine Mesclun Lettuce and another 5 squares with Green Arrow Peas for a late fall harvest. Next week I think I’ll plant a few beets in the square foot garden.

If you haven’t started your fall garden yet, be sure and read my post on Fall Vegetables and you’ll be able to find out what I’m planting in my garden this fall.

kale plant

If you don’t grow kale already, you might want to consider it. Kale is one of the easiest plants on the planet to grow. Seriously, if you’ve never grown anything before, you should be able to grow kale! ;)

red swiss chard

And Swiss chard too! Yep, that stuff is easy peasy to grow.

cucumber plant

In addition to the Swiss Chard, kale, strawberries, celery, tomatoes, and beets we have growing in our square foot garden, we also have cucumbers starting to appear! We had to replant cucumber seeds a few times because of the evil slugs, but ever since I sprinkled down some Sluggo, I haven’t had a problem. Note to self: put Sluggo on the garden supply list for next year.

Have you ever grown a square foot garden before? Did you like it? Would you do it again?

~Mavis

Read more about my adventures in Square Foot Gardening. Are you thinking about putting together a Square foot garden? See the how I built a square foot garden grid HERE. All New Square Foot Gardening

For more information, check out All New Square Foot Gardening.  It is an amazon bestseller and the author, Mel Bartholomew is basically the king of square foot gardening.

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Mavis’ Square Foot Gardening Update

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After I watered the square foot garden this morning I snapped a few pictures so I could share them with you. The good news is, all but 2 squares have something growing in them. The bad news? The zucchini seeds I planted were eaten by slugs. Boo! Since it’s too late in the season to plant new ones, I think I’ll just wait a few more weeks and plant some lettuce seeds instead.

kale

I’ve pretty much decided that kale is the Energizer Bunny of all seeds. Yep. Not only will it grow well anywhere, it keeps growing, and growing, and growing. It’s magical and weird all at the same time.

square foot garden celery

Celery. It’s thriving in the square foot garden. I wish I would have planted more.

roma beans

Roma Beans. Aren’t they nice and fat? These are by far my favorite green beans to grow. Pole beans are fun to grow up tepees, but I think you get a little more bang for your buck with bush beans. What do you think?

red oak leaf lettuce

Oak Leaf Lettuce is amazing. If you’ve never tried it before, put it on your list for next year. I add a wee bit of olive oil and vinegar to mine for a quick lunch salad. cucumber plant

Cucumber plants. I think {?}
green tomato

And last but not least, the Japanese Black Trifle tomatoes are getting big! Maybe they’ll be ready in another week or two. We’ll see.

Overall, I really like how everything is growing in the square foot garden. Before I started it this year, I really had no idea you could pack so many plants in to such a small area.

Pretty stinkin’ cool if you ask me.

~Mavis

Read more about my adventures in Square Foot Gardening. Are you thinking about putting together a Square foot garden? See the how I built a square foot garden grid HERE. All New Square Foot Gardening

For more information, check out All New Square Foot Gardening.  It is an amazon bestseller and the author, Mel Bartholomew is basically the king of square foot gardening.

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Square Foot Gardening

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It’s been awhile since I’ve given an update on my square foot garden, so this morning Lucy the puggle dog and I snapped a few pictures for you.

puggle puppies

I forgot to pull the broccoli plant up before we left. Technically we could chop up the broccoli stalk and eat it, but Lucy and I decided to just harvest the few remaining florets and compost the rest {the chickens got the leaves}.

potato leaf with holes

Our two potato plants were starting to take over the garden and with all the tiny holes in the leaves, I was afraid some sort of bug was going to infest the rest of the square foot garden so we went ahead and pulled up the plants.

puggle puppies

Digging is one of Lucy’s favorite garden chores.

kohlrabi

Wowza! Check out the kohlrabi. We harvested those too. They were the size of softballs!

green tomato

We also have a few green tomatoes growing in the square foot garden as well.

green bean flowers

The green beans should be ready towards the end of next week.

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This is what our square foot garden looked like after the big harvest. All those squares that are marked with stars are where we planted summer squash seeds. With a little bit of luck we should be harvesting squash by around mid September. We’ll see.

Are you doing any square foot gardening this summer? If so, how’s it going?

~Mavis

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2013 Total Square Foot Garden Harvest: 9 pounds 2 ounces

Broccoli 13 ounces
Kale 13 ounces
Kolhrabi 2pounds 8 ounces
Lettuce 6 ounces
Onions 4 ounces
Peas 9 ounces
Potatoes 3 pounds 3 oz
Radishes 10 ounces
Strawberries 2 ounces

Read more about my adventures in Square Foot Gardening.

Are you thinking about putting together a Square foot garden? See the how I built a square foot garden grid HERE.

All New Square Foot Gardening

For more information, check out All New Square Foot Gardening.  It is an amazon bestseller and the author, Mel Bartholomew is basically the king of square foot gardening.

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Square Foot Gardening – Growing Vegetables in Squares is Cool!

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This past week we harvested a 15 ounces of homegrown vegetables from our square foot garden. This brings our total up to 3 pounds 6 ounces of goodness. Not to shabby considering none of the heavy stuff like tomatoes, potatoes or squash have been harvested.

broccoli

Last week we harvested a head of broccoli. A little later today I’ll harvest the little broccoli side shoots.
kale

The kale, yep, it’s still there. I used madam Chow’s recipe for sauteed kale last week and I’ll try and get it posted as soon as I can. It was delicious!

green beans square foot gardening

I planted 3 squares with green beans. I had to replant one of them this morning due to the evil slugs slithering about. I have a feeling a bottle of Sluggo is in my future.

oak leaf lettuce

Note to self: The red oak leaf lettuce needs to be picked.

yellow zinnia flower

Take a look at the zinnias! This is my first year growing them and I love going out to the garden each morning to see them.

sugar snap pea

This week will be our last week of sugar snap peas until fall. We still have a few more to pick and then I’ll be pulling up the vines and giving them to the chickens to munch on.

square foot garden kohlrabi

And last but not least, check out this picture of my first kohlrabi of the season. I don’t know what the heck I’m going to do with it, but I think it’s pretty cool looking. :)

Peace Out Girl Scouts, I’m off to play in the dirt.

~Mavis

2013 Square Foot Garden Harvest: 3 pounds 6 ounces

Broccoli 11 ounces
Kale 13 ounces
Kolhrabi 9 ounces
Lettuce 2 ounces
Peas 9 ounces
Radishes 10 ounces
Strawberries 2 ounces

Read more about my adventures in Square Foot Gardening.

Are you thinking about putting together a Square foot garden? See the how I built a square foot garden grid HERE.

All New Square Foot Gardening

For more information, check out All New Square Foot Gardening.  It is an amazon bestseller and the author, Mel Bartholomew is basically the king of square foot gardening.

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

Square Foot Gardening – The Big Harvest

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In this episode of how the square foot garden turns…

Mavis harvests a giant head of broccoli, picks some peas and checks in on her lettuce plants.

sugar snap peas

Ha! Having a big garden that’s broken up into small sections really is like living in a little soap opera, isn’t it?

Well this week was a great one in our 4×8 square foot garden. For starters, we harvested sugar snap peas and snow peas 3 times. Although there wasn’t enough for a meal from the tiny little garden bed, there was enough for Lucy and I to snack on, that’s for sure.

lettuce leaf letuce

The oak leaf lettuce we cut a few weeks ago is growing back nicely and I think it will be ready to harvest next week.

kale leaves

The kale is doing pretty awesome too {of course it is!}. My parents were over yesterday and my Mom went home with 5 giant leaves for smoothies and I picked a few this morning as well. Madam Chow left me her recipe for sauteed kale a few weeks ago and I’m going to try it tonight. I’ll post the recipe tomorrow if it all works out. No pressure Madam Chow… no pressure. ;)

square foot gardening carrots

Carrots, check.

tomato blossoms

Tomato blossoms, double check. I planted 3 of my favorite Black Trifle tomato plants in the square foot garden and they are just now starting to blossom. With a little luck, we should have tomatoes in about 6 weeks.

head of broccoli

And check out this giant head of broccoli. Ain’t she pretty? I chopped her up into bits and made a delicious stir fry {I’ll post the recipe later today}. That’s what’s growing in my square foot garden, what’s growing in yours?

I’d love to know.

~Mavis

2013 Square Foot Garden Harvest: 2 pounds 7 ounces

Broccoli 11 ounces
Kale 13 ounces
Lettuce 2 ounces
Peas 5 ounces
Radishes 10 ounces

Read more about my adventures in Square Foot Gardening.

Are you thinking about putting together a Square foot garden? See the how I built a square foot garden grid HERE.

All New Square Foot Gardening

For more information, check out All New Square Foot Gardening.  It is an amazon bestseller and the author, Mel Bartholomew is basically the king of square foot gardening.

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

Square Foot Gardening – Broccoli, Kale, Peas, Carrots and Onions

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Last week we harvested 1 pound 2 ounces of vegetables from our first ever square foot garden.

organic broccoli

I snapped a few pictures this morning to show you what’s growing right now in our 4×8 foot bed. Broccoli! Wahooo! I was unsuccessful growing it in our other raised garden beds this spring, but for some reason the broccoli is thriving in the square foot garden. Weird huh?

I think I’ll try growing broccoli again in the fall but for right now I’m pretty happy we’ll at least get one head of broccoli and a couple of florets this spring.

square foot gardening onions

Check out the Walla Walla onions! 3 of the 4 onions are growing great. Yes, it’s true, we do have a dud in the bunch, or maybe I should say it’s a late bloomer. I’m not sure yet.

square foot gardening carrots

Carrots, check.

sugar snap peas

Sugar snap peas. yep, looking good.

snow peas

Snow peas. Do you see the makings for a stir fry dinner tomorrow? I do.

square foot gardening kohlrabi

Okay, look at the size of this kohlrabi. I think it may have doubled in size over the past week. This uber cool vegetable is about the size of a baseball right now.

square foot gardening kale

And kale. Ain’t she pretty. I guess this means I’ll be drinking a kale smoothie for breakfast tomorrow. Yipee. I’m so excited. ;)

Are you growing a square foot garden this year?

How is it doing?

~Mavis

Read more about my adventures in Square Foot Gardening.

Are you thinking about putting together a Square foot garden? See the how I built a square foot garden grid HERE.

All New Square Foot Gardening

For more information, check out All New Square Foot Gardening.  It is an amazon bestseller and the author, Mel Bartholomew is basically the king of square foot gardening.

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

Square Foot Gardening: First Harvest

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I snapped a few photos of our square foot garden this morning and thought I would share.  We pulled 10 ounces of radishes from 2 squares and replanted them with lima beans. I don’t think I’ve ever grown lima beans before but I thought they might be fun to try.

head of broccoli

A while back we planted 1 broccoli plant and take a look at it now! Yee-haw, looks like stir fry will be on the menu soon.

kohlrabi

The kohlrabi is getting nice and fat.

red sails lettuce

I went ahead and clipped all the lettuce {2 ounces} for a small lunch salad but as I was clipping, I noticed this guy:

slug eating lettuce

Mmm yum. Too bad we don’t eat slugs because we sure grow a lot of them.

tomato flowers

We have 3 tomato plants in our square foot garden and they all have flowers on them. I think I planted my favorite Japanese black trifle tomatoes in the  garden bed but I’m not sure.

organic celery garden

Celery. This won’t be ready to harvest until early fall.

sugar snap pea

And sugar snap peas. My favorite.

Since this was my first week of harvesting veggies from the square foot garden, I thought I would be fun to keep track of how much food we pull from the 4×8′ bed. I have absolutely no idea how much we’ll end up with, but I’m almost tempted to go for 100 pounds. Would that be attainable? I don’t know but I feel like I need to have some sort of goal.

What do you think is realistic?

Did you plant a square foot garden this year? If so, how is it doing? Will you be weighing your veggies too?

~Mavis

2013 Square Foot Garden Harvest: 1 pound 2 ounces

Kale 6 ounces
Lettuce 2 ounces
Radishes 10 ounces

Read more about my adventures in Square Foot Gardening.

Are you thinking about putting together a Square foot garden? See the how I built a square foot garden grid HERE.

All New Square Foot Gardening

For more information, check out All New Square Foot Gardening.  It is an amazon bestseller and the author, Mel Bartholomew is basically the king of square foot gardening.

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

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