Square foot gardening

Square foot gardening is a great way to save money and produce loads of tasty and nutritious fruit and vegetables for your family.

At times where the costs of living seem to be exploding and the quality of many commercially produced food products is often in question it can be very rewarding to start a vegetable garden at home.

A square foot garden is ideal for this and can be done on the tiniest bit of space available.

Most people that love this gardening style work on a space of 4 x 4 feet. This space will be divided into 16 square foot pieces which will be used to grow different crops. Each small square will  be planted with either 1, 4, or 9 seedlings. 




The square foot gardening project

The quantity of seedlings that are planted in the squares depend on the size of the plants once they are fully grown. Read the instructions on the back of your seed packet to find out about the suggested spacing distance of your vegetables.

Spacing      -    Plants per square

+12 inches      -           1 seedling

6 inches          -            4 seedlings

4 inches          -            9 seedlings

3 inches          -           16 seedlings


This small piece of soil was prepared to be used for my vegetable garden.This small piece of soil was prepared to be used for my vegetable garden.

It is important to use the available space completely and plant the right amount of seedlings into the squares. This way the plants will grow to support each other and build a kind of canopy protecting the soil from drying out to quickly.

-----------

The suggested space of 4 feet by 4 feet is easy manageable but if you have less space you can adapt the size you want to work with to even smaller patches of ground. The piece of garden I utilized for my square foot gardening project was big enough for 9 squares (3 x 3 feet).



It was big enough for me and I harvested loads and loads of tasty tomatoes, chard and herbs.

---------

Below I will give you a step by step to do list to start your own square foot gardening project.

  • Prepare your designated ground for your food garden. Remove all old plants, stones and roots. Add a mix of organic growing medium to your ground. I used a mix of 1 Part sand, 1 part composted horse manure and 1 part worm castings. (5 liter of growing mix per square foot should be sufficient.) Dig the whole ground up to a depth of about 12 inches and mix the growth medium into the soil. Than water the ground and let it stand for a few days.
  • Use planks or bricks to build the boundaries of your squares. Either one will be fine and will enable you to water the plants without standing on the soil and compacting it.

----------

----------

  • Plant your seedlings in the squares and water well.
  • Depending on the weather conditions water the vegetable seedlings either once or twice a day for about 2 weeks. In cooler weather once a day should be fine.
  • When you water make sure you don't stand on the soil but rather make use of the bricks.
  • Once the plants are established reduce the watering to once a day or once every other day.
  • When fruit and vegetables are ripe harvest and replace the old plants with new seedlings. 



The beauty of square foot gardening is that you can continue to produce food for your table all year round.

It can be done by beginners and people with just a tiny bit of space available in their garden or backyard. Once you get your first harvest you will probably get ready to start your next square food garden. The results are just

tremendous. The fruit and vegetables that you can produce are tastier and healthier than most products you can buy commercially. We always use earthworms, worm tea and worm castings to increase the productivity or our garden.



For more worm composting information type in your keyword in the search box below,



Return from to the home page.

--------------

Making money with earthworms

-----------

Recycling with earthworms

-----------

Worms against climate change

---------

Natural way to clean a clogged drain

----------

Have a look at our "Gardening tips"

----------

Here you find Square foot gardening with a twist.

----------

More info about a square foot garden

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.

SearchSuchen


How to make

$ -MONEY - $

with earthworms! 

The Book 

"How to start a profitable worm business on a shoestring budget 

Order a printed copy from "Amazon"  for

$12.95

or a digital version from the "Kindle" store at the SPECIAL PRICE of only

$4.50



How worms recycle human manure




Disclaimer: The link to the worm farm is my affiliate link. Meaning, I will get a small commission at no extra cost to you, should you purchase the product through my affiliate link.




Recent Articles

  1. europian night crawler

    Aug 10, 18 03:37 AM

    We need vermiworms in the company here in UAE. EUROPIAN NIGHT CRAWLER, AFRICAN NIGHT CRAWLER,EASENIA FETIDA, RED WIGGLERS. Please..

    Read More

  2. Earthworm farming

    Aug 08, 18 11:53 AM

    Earthworm farming is the implementation of different procedures that will assist to convert large volumes of organic waste materials, grow huge amounts of earthworms

    Read More

  3. Eisenia fetida supply

    Aug 08, 18 06:28 AM

    Hi there,Firstly, congratulations on your your book - it's really insightful! I was just wondering whether it is possible to obtain some Eisenia fetida

    Read More





Use worms

against climate change





Wurmzucht gegen den Klimawandel



Recycling food waste with earthworms

Recycling von Essensresten


Start a worm business without having to buy worms

My book below explains in detail how to make money with earthworms!

Find out what actual customers had to say about the book





Dealing with Maggots in a worm farm


Your Questions about worm composting?

Do you have any questions or suggestions about worm composting?

This is the place where you can interact with us and other worm composting friends!

[ ? ]

Here yu can upload 1-4 Pictures or Graphics (optional)[ ? ]

 

Click here to upload more images (optional)

Author Information (optional)

To receive credit as the author, enter your information below.

(first or full name)

(e.g., City, State, Country)

Submit Your Contribution

  •  submission guidelines.


(You can preview and edit on the next page)