I recently received a comment from a reader who didn’t know what Square Foot Gardening (SFG) was at all. So, I decided to put together a “crash course” for any of you who are fuzzy on the details of SFG!
Part 1: 3 Simple Steps
Build a Box
Fill it With Mel’s Mix
Add a Grid
…AND START PLANTING!
That’s SFG in a nutshell, but there are plenty more details that make Square Foot Gardening the easiest and most efficient gardening method out there.
Part 2: Watch This
Part 3: The 10 Basics of SFG
Click each of these points to learn more. Thanks to Cassie Aula, one of our best certified instructors in Ohio, for the descriptions of the basics.
Since you will NEVER walk on or depress the growing soil, don’t make the frames any wider than 4 feet (2 feet, if only one side is accessible). Any wider makes it too difficult to reach in to tend the plants. Tend to plants regularly and trim dead leaves and branches with a pair of scissors. Harvest with scissors, too, to protect the plant from damage.
Depending on the mature size of the plant, grow 1, 4, 9, or 16 equally spaced plants per square foot. Choose fruits and veggies that make sense for your family and for the intensive planting style of the Square Foot Garden.
Plant two or three seeds in each spot by making a shallow hole with your finger. Cover, but do not pack the soil. After sprouting, save the best one and snip off the others – thinning is eliminated. Seeds are not wasted. Extra seeds can be stored cool and dry in your refrigerator. Don’t over-plant. Plant only as much of any one crop as you will use.
Harvest continually and when a crop in one square is gone, add a handful of homemade compost and plant a new different crop in that square.
That’s how simple the whole system is! Remember, you don’t need any tools or fertilizer. Once your garden is built, there’s no work…and best of all, no weeds! If you’re just getting started with Square Foot Gardening, leave a comment below and let me know if this crash course helped you understand the method better!