Have a look at the spacings recommended here: Here is a link that might be useful: Square Foot Spacings. Additionally, if you could provide any pictures of your setup, that would be great. Concerning Dr. William Albrecht, Ph.D, I was more interested in his soil sample and analysis recommendations than his philosophies. I thought I'd post an update on my 2'x8' bed (which is about 3" high). Here is a link that might be useful: Intensive Planting - See Page 3 for Space Saving Techniques. Second, compost broke down rapidly with the heat of the raised bed being higher than my in-ground plantings. Have some 6″ wide eaves? Regarding the common 6" SFG bed depth, tomato growers who grow in deeper 5 gallon buckets often have better results, with those growing in 15 to 20 gallon containers having even better results. See for yourself and make your own opinions. Here is a link that might be useful: University Study on Raised Bed and SFG Bed Preparation. And for the same reason, if we are not planting legumes and practicing the kind of rotation he recommends, we may not be getting the results? To get a lot out of very little space requires no short cuts when it comes to soil quality and fertility. The concept of overcoming poor soil with a compact growing system was interesting to me in that I could compare it to SFG. Gardening should be fun and not a chore. While allowing more room for plants to grow is allegedly recommended, he also is a strong supporter of chemical fertilizers, chromate arsenic treated lumber, and frequent insecticidal spraying. A good way to poor results is to grow intensively in regular soil, low in organic matter. To indulge in square foot gardening, all you need to do is divide your gardening bed into ‘imaginary’ 1 foot squares. I did struggle with beans, they were always chompped off as seedlings. SFG rapidly gained popularity during the 1980s through Mel's first book and television series and since … I have gardened for a number of years and seen raised beds, intercropping, block planting, and other techniques. I grew up with a hoe in my hand but not any more. I would like to hear or see the results compared to what I have seen on the Internet. Different crops are planted in different blocks according to their size; for example, 16 radishes in one square foot, or just one cabbage per square foot. Now imagine you had a grid that separated the square inches. You can build raised beds and place them in the sunniest areas in your yard, or build planter boxes that can be placed on your back porch or balcony. Are you in an urban environment or do you want 1' outside so you can plant something green / screen between you and the street or alleyway? New breath into old post? Now with SMALL radishes, you could drop one seed in the middle of each square inch. Two bedrooms with closets and a larger bathroom with good closet storage can be managed but three bedrooms start to be very small and I would advise you to go to three levels. The inability to guess what my watering needs would be each morning, likely was one of the biggest culprits. I am getting slowly out of containers to square foot gardening and self watering troughs.Experimenting is fun part of gardening. The SFG book recommends adding a good dollop of compost every time a plant is removed, but perhaps we don't do that when we're not really thinking about autumn planting? The smaller the raised bed, the more dwarfs (under Mini Gardening in your link) make sense to me. Sounds a bit counter-intuitive if you’ve heard about how much more produce you get from square foot gardening,  Wouldn’t that normally mean more seeds or at least the same amount? A 4' x 4' bed is difficult to reach into the middle. No Work!' Do you find any particular vegetable plants flourish more than others in your setup. . For containers (and a raised bed on concrete is just a large container) I prefer a material that doesn't break down rapidly. I moved them out of the mix, seperated them, and replanted them with no problem. Here are 5 tips for a successful square foot garden. Here is a link that might be useful: Mother Earth's Mini-Garden Experiment. The book “All New Square Foot Gardening, Second Edition: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More In Less Space” by Mel Bartholomew arrived and I studied and planned for the spring. We're leaning toward straw erosion mats to this end and for water retention. An Expert Guide Written By The Bonnie Gardener. It's a great way to get folks started on gardening, and helps them think about it in a very user-friendly, practical manner. My back yard was used as a parking lot and is gravel with about 2 inches of top soil. Also, thank you for the heads up on the book availability in March. About the only tool I use now is a rake to smooth out my mix. I see a lot of novelty appeal to retirees. Firstly, I love this square foot method. I am not handy in making things. I have used water soluble, slow-release, and organic fertilizers successfully. I water the plants supernatant fluid .I also use alfalfa and also corn meal or Soya bean meal. (4) Tomato PlantsDivide the 4x4 into quarters and plant one caged inderterminate tomato plant in each of the 4 quarters, (16) Cucumber PlantsDivide the 4x4 into the typical 16 one foot squares and plant one cucumber plant in the middle of each square foot and let the vines ramble, (16) Sweet Corn PlantsDivide the 4x4 into the typical 16 one foot squares and plant one sweet corn plant in the middle of each square foot, (9) Muskmelon PlantsDivide the 4x4 into the typical 16 one foot squares and plant one muskmelon plant not in the middle of a square foot, but rather at the nine points of intersection where the grid lines intersect and let the vines ramble, (9) Summer Squash PlantsDivide the 4x4 into the typical 16 one foot squares and plant one squash plant not in the middle of a square foot, but rather at the nine points of intersection where the grid lines intersect. I usually get most of fertilizers etc from feed stores and agricultural supply stores. Your walls will take around .15 meters from the interior space. A pinch of 2-3 seeds, then  move to the next spot and repeat. In conducting a trial, I would like to be successful. It speaks for itself... A gimmick? Space, bad soil, labor and it invites new and old people alike to begin or begin again, GARDENING. That’s Square Foot Gardening in a nutshell. Now with SMALL radishes, you could drop one seed in the middle of each square inch. But in planting, I realized all my planting experience was in the traditional rows. Regarding the changing fertilizer needs of vegetables in their different growth stages, eswar can you give me some details of this? In particular vining plants did not do as well. Not only did it work great in the raised beds, it also worked great in planters and I even used it in some tilled-beds outside of town. I added several decomposed straw bales one year and a six inch layer of composted manure another year. I was excited to plant but knew I did not have enough season left for anything other than a couple quick crops. While band planting is a good technique, I do not recommend it for all vegetables. Square Foot Gardening TM, developed by Mel Bartholomew, is a special type of raised-bed gardening. I really enjoyed reading all the linked references, especially the following:High Brix Plants. However the area required in this method is 80% lesser than the space that is typically needed in traditional gardening. If not familiar with aerated soil drenches, try google search or the following link as an example. Consider a square foot has 144 square inches. Ceiling at /not taller than 10' or 3 meters. If you don’t have a lot of available space, square foot gardening is a great choice. I think even the recommended MelÂs mix can be improvised. I notice that eswar uses organic fertilizer versus the typical miracle grow 15-30-15. I followed Mel’s advice, and ten years later I still believe square-foot gardening is the best way to get started and have a thriving home garden. “All New Square Foot Gardening, Second Edition: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More In Less Space” by Mel Bartholomew, Make your own inexpensive DIY portable quick-clean potting table, Overwintering Sweet Potato Vines for Next Season. All rights reserved. His reinvention of the backyard garden began in 1975 when he retired, moved to a new home, and started devoting his spare time to … If the dirt looks alive, then I am happy. Deep Roots said"With single stem tomato plants, Urbana, Illinois, studies saw around 6.5 pounds of tomatoes per plant. No longer are you guessing spacing and pulling entire sections of seedlings you will waste. I think Square Foot Gardening has brought French Intensive mainstream albeit with modifications. Go for it! However, the additional Nitrogen in my fertilizer fueled the microbe community into consuming practically all of my organic material. Besides the apartment dwellers, there are disabled and older people or just plain people that can see SFG as something they can do. Which prompted me to start looking into what other people were doing in their raised beds. deeproots, if moisture retention is a problem, did you try adding more vermiculite rather than more peat? I should have known that the square, the grid, and the angles would appeal to an engineer like alexjh. As for availability of compost, I find that while flash garden centers surprisingly don't always have a good range, they are out there if I look, sometimes in odd places (my local source is a tropical fish shop which sells about 3 potted plants and a huge range of composted manures!!). The gardens of my friends who still live in their big houses with big yards are in a bad shape. Note that you might consider adding a little surface scratched alfalfa that contains triacontanol plant growth stimulant. I have included a link on this post that suggests 2' deep beds should be the normal. It’s only logical. I have posted a series of videos on You Tube which shows many harvests of tomatoes, peppers, etc. Would using mushroom soil instead of the soil typically used in mixes work well? I am getting ready to build planter boxes for a large, mostly unused concrete patio. Each year they spread the amendments, fire up the roto tiller and engage in heavy labor. On page 3 of that link in table 2, it gives spacing for Band Planting in Approximate number of plants per square foot. I have read some of the French intensive material and came away thinking 'Wow! The goal of this is to assist the planning and creating of a small but intensively planted garden. While I agree with using rock dust for long term soil amendment, I also think that the newer brewed compost teas are very healthy for plants. Anotherstep that would make this feel larger, would be to go with taller ceilings on the first floor, and add a row of higher windows that afford privacy but bring natural light in. I find it alot easier than trying to keep tomatoes tied up to stakes or cages. Maybe justaguy2 is right that I should just try a SFG trial this summer. Benefits of Square Foot Gardening “Mel’s Mix” is a spongy, airy, rich medium for your plants. I agree with adding soil amendments, growing cover crops, building bacteria, feeding microbes, and innoculating with mychorizza fungi. I do think that a deeper SFG with more frequent watering might help. Next season, you can take the entire plan from one bed and rotate it into the next. If that much is being produced, it has to pull enough to support that growth. There is nothing that can be improved. Well, this method didn't claim it was for The Archer Daniels Midlands Group. The only source of nutrition for plants in Mel's mix 1/3rd compost. One small raised bed can make any # of people gardeners that wouldn't consider it before reading about Square Foot Gardening. Have you tried square foot gardening? I feel 9 inches depth is better than 6 inches. Square foot garden efficiently addresses the optimal utilization of the space available with ease and without lot of labor.The wooden grid some may call it as a gimmick and an ornament over planting area, but it gives an idea which can be improvised upon as the situation demands. This efficient edible-gardening technique can help people who are short on space, See how a smart layout, smaller refrigerator and recessed storage maximize this tight space, Teaching herself how to remodel, Allison Macdonald adds function, smarter storage and snazzier materials, A staircase connects levels that share views and light. Now imagine you had a grid that separated the square inches. This is a great article about B/F intensive: beginnings, expectations, results.http://www.motherearthnews.com/Organic_Gardening/1980_January_February/Biodynamic_French_Intensive_Gardening, Other excellent resources:http://www.frenchgardening.com/aupotager.tmpl?SKU=3104884985285027http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org/eventandfriendsphotos.htm, Ooo pretty pictureshttp://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org/gallery/Imager.asp?Dir=/2004%20Glorious%20Garden%20Tour, And link after link after linkhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biointensivehttp://davesgarden.com/terms/go/496/http://www.minifarms.com/, Silly premise, some pictureshttp://www.endtimesreport.com/gardening.html. I even plan to adapt my greenhouse planting this fall to make better use of space with square foot planting. If the typical SFG bed is 4' by 4', then maybe an online source of revised planting arrangements could be made. The growth looks healthy and vigorous. Although the watermelon and muskmelon appear to have smaller fruit than open ground grown plants and fewer melons, the tomatoes are loaded with good sized fruit. Great to read about your experiences. Some plants just plain blocked sunlight for others. You can widen the stair to 5' and do a small powder room under the upper part of the stair if you need a guest restroom on the first level. You might say, "What about when the radishes get larger?" The Who and What of Square Foot Gardening. They do SFG wonderfully. Planting in rows just doesn't make sense when you look at it from an efficiency point of view, for a single gardener. Mel Bartholomew, construction engineer and efficiency expert, is considered the father of square foot gardening. Short little rows limited by the bed sizes, lots of thinning wasted seedlings, and so much dead space between that I had to weed but got nothing from. I might even consider a shade cloth for the end of season hot days. All you need is a drainage hole that is unobstructed. A large, machine harvesting operation needs rows obviously, but for one person, I think SFG is better. Maybe what is needed is Modified SFG. It’s a remarkably well-engineered, self-contained way to garden. 100 plants of carrots per square foot?! I guess what I am asking is what is it that you find worth recommending from this site? http://www.magnesium.net/~ipontific8/garden/062401/boxmid.jpg. Quick! Since it was my first time with both concepts, I don't know how different my results would have been with just one or the other. In addition it also gives you a fair estimation of the number of plants you can hope to harvest (bugs, weather and luck aside), so you get that bit of a bonus when deciding how much space you want to dedicate to lettuce versus brussel sprouts or beets. The first book I purchased about gardening in early eighties is by John jeevons"how to grow more vegetables"I hired some one to double dig due to lack of time added faithfully Soft Rock phosphate, high calcium lime, green sand, kelp Etc.Now due to age factors I wonÂt do it again. The bed is divided into one-square-foot grids, with each grid planted with a defined number of transplants or seeds depending on what crop is being grown. If Mel"s mix is expensive one can use AlÂs container mix, but still you need vermiculite, but slightly lesser quantity. Your garden usually starts with a 4×4 raised garden bed filled with amended soil . In the spring, we built and planted a so-called square-foot garden here in Calgary, faithfully following the instructions in an updated version of Mel Bartholomew's 1970s book, Square Foot Gardening. It was like a James Bond movie. It would seem the concepts of SFG are more easily understood than the concepts of biointensive sustainable gardening. Or planting larger plants like zucchini in the four corners where a lot of their leafs would extend over the edge of the bed would allow more room a tomato plant in the middle with greenbeans, onions, and leaf lettuce as fillers. In spite of placing the bed on top of good gardening dirt, plants would often only root in the looser soil of the raised bed and not go any deeper. The depth of bed should at least 6 to 12 inches deep. 21.5' x 22.5' will give you a small but functional "open concept" space that you can have a kitchen, dining area and living space on the first floor . Regarding foliar feeding and soil drenches, I found the following small video of John Evan's and his brewed tea. The 2nd reason is because I work odd hours and don't have a large amount of time to invest in gardening. My biggest problem was the arrangement of which was planted where. If anyone who has SFG experience wants to comment, please do. I am merely looking for a compelling reason to adopt SFG for my back yard. Square foot gardening seems to work everywhere, even on your backyard or patio. I have a sprinkler system installed for my lawn, so adding a zone or two for a garden will be simple. The densely planted crops can create a … Your tips are good ones. That is how they get a suggestion of 144 radishes per square foot. Are you using synthetic or organic fertilizers? If it doesn't work for you then try something else. I believe the simple formulaic approach will appeal to first-time gardeners, but why not? The Japanese add rice bran sauce for fermentation. :D. Since this is copyrighted material I can not post this.There is a news letter in the above website dedicated to growing tomatoes. That's a big if though, and it is up to each person to decide for themselves. I find that even increasing the space between one plant and another marginally(1.5 times) and increasing the depth more than 6 inches works well.It addresses increasing the yields per plant, by better aeration, water retention., And suggestions for vertical growth. Upstairs, in 23 x 18, how many bedrooms do you need? So using the SFG planting guide or even eswar's 1.5x relaxed plant spacing will likely be what I use for my trial bed. I’d love to hear from you. It is easy and looks good and can be taken out when one relocates. The result is separate rooms with an open-plan feeling, Got a sunny 4-by-4 space? LOL. Working in an open area with intense sunlight and drying winds did not help the already fast draining SFG. I liked the well-kept look of your setup, composting, hoop covers, self-watering, and the look of your soil. penguingardener,Your photo link was very helpful. Are you familiar with him? One of the things I would like to do is brew / aerate a batch of fish emulsion, sea kelp, alfalfa meal, calcium nitrate, and a little molasses to make a plant and soil drench this year. SFG (Square Foot Gardening) incorporates raised beds or boxes. The Square Foot Gardening method is one of the simplest things you will ever learn that will improve your life. square foot gardening ideasClick here to subscribe! The photos were taken yesterday before I started any maintenance (like pruning and weeding). Square foot gardening works so well with raised beds because of the soil quality in raised beds allows for intensive gardening. The most common square foot gardening raised bed is a wooden frame that is 4 feet by 4 feet (4 feet by 8 feet is also another commonly used size). More skylights upstairs, and a 36" parapet on the roof for future private outdoor space. : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw1vugKYcvKLBvv-gOQVdKA Please like and … It discusses freely how to change/switch from growth phase to flowering and fruiting phase. The thing to keep in mind is that the water fans out as it goes deeper and it isn't uncommon for there to be dry areas on the surface while the media an inch or two down is well watered. Square foot gardens are grown in raised beds, usually four feet square. Production? It is better than 6 inches which Mel recommends. The rest of the beds are filled with Mel's mix. Even with heavy mulching in the dirt beds the weeds were a problem but not in the mix. Did you wind up doing any sq ft beds this year? Popularized by retired engineer-efficiency expert Mel Bartholomew, square-foot gardening allows you to get a high yield from a small area—a win-win situation for beginning gardeners and experienced ones alike.It’s especially beneficial to gardeners who don’t have much time or yard space. I planted garlic in the mix this past fall in between rain showers which I couldn't do in the mud of the other beds. That same 3x3 space, with 9 single stem plants, yield would be 58.5 lbs (9 x 6.5 per plant). Sounds like we have some similar issues to overcome - mine are sunlight at 5700 feet, low humidity and much, much dessicating wind. I prefer the square foot way as then I can experiment on a small scale to my heart's content. Fermentation is a traditional farming practice with Asian cultures. Also, do you think deeper incorporation will give you more soil volume and thus more soil water? Which leads to the next benefit: If you can imagine one square foot holds four lettuce plants – that will mean four little spots with 2-3 seedlings. My questions are: 1) how deep should my bed be (typically grow peppers, cud’s, zucchini, beans and tomatoes) - easiest build is 10.5 inches but heard I should go with 12”? Is this the case? Yes, it is fun to grow more on less dirt, avoid weeding, and intercrop like a jigsaw puzzle, but how good is SFG? I read that 6 to 8 times per season is the best frequency for foliar feeding. I live in Kentucky. And it made it even easier (for me) to plan around vertical squash trellising – no guesswork on how much space the squash will decide they need this year versus last. A square foot garden can be thought of as a grid. I believe my soil was the issue. My nightshades were pretty good producers. With unpruned tomato plants, production was around 19.6 pounds per plant". Your email address will not be published. In such a case a little hand watering until things are established with deeper roots is sufficient. One of my biggest reservations about SFG is the late summer to end of season appearance of many SFG gardens. Different plants needs different fertilization needs. What was interesting was that this article explained what happened to me. The most important thing that I learned from the book is to plant what you want to eat - limiting the number of plantings at one time and stagering planting to get a longer harvest. I am curious how much punch this will give my plants. Online. But in square foot, you only plant seeds in the spot you expect to keep a plant growing, unlike planting a full row. Here is a link that might be useful: One of many aerated soil enhancers. Members. Here is a link that might be useful: Garden Corners. Seriously, a 4'x4' bed to experiment with is very affordable and allows you to use the method with no variation. Here 100 pound bag in a feed store costs 8 dollars. For more information on Square Foot Gardening see the Growing Herbs article on page XX. Nourishment home grown is available from this website. I know I'm probably talking to myself, that's nothing new! A lattice is laid across the top to clearly separate each square foot. Most of the SFG setups that I've seen lack ideal soil depth and compromise growing by rigidly enforcing the square foot planting grid recommendations. It's a simple way to create easy-to-manage gardens with raised beds that need a minimum of time spent maintaining them. I don't think that method would be recommended in the book for two reasons: - trellises are recommended because they can be laid out in a line on the north side to maximize sun inside the square- harder to harvest toms on the inside point between all of the cages. The square yard garden is divided into a size and shape that gardeners of all ages, sizes and levels of experience can … A large release followed by smaller levels of available fertilizer is seemingly what happens. One square foot is 16 carrots, one tomato, or 16 onions, all with plenty of room to grow because they are spaced evenly in a grid instead of a straight line. By using plenty of compost, I have done away with commercial fertilizers and pesticides. I appreciate the information you shared. No way, not even close. Toyota plant is in KY.This works. Any wider and it gets more confusing trying to fish out all the greenbeans, plus I like to straddle the rows when picking. Small intensely planted vegetables like onions were difficult to weed after being gone on vacation and coming back, with rapidly growing grassy weeds effectively outgrowing and overtaking the onions. Elevating the box off the ground even 1/4 inch will help ensure the drainage holes on the bottom can drain freely. I had a garden for years but not the last two, due to low plant production. Following is a picture link from June showing half-way decent looking plants close to their peak appearance for the season. By the way, I have read the SFG book and was not impressed. Just afraid of getting lots of weeds again! Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting gallery. Square foot gardening is an easy, minimal work, low weed and chemical-free way to grow plants in a small area. The most productive gardens I have ever seen were Organic French Intensive (raised), where a nearly closed circle between the garden and the kitchen kept things in beautiful health. The Sea Kelp that you use, also contains a plant growth stimulant. Wow! However, since discovering SFG a few years ago, I have yet to see a SFG garden where the plants did not look puny and under-producing in comparison to a conventional garden. His biological ionization hypothesis has been completely discredited, a long time ago. My personal advice on growing tomatoes in 12" spacing is to use the trenching method used in the book and to put some organic fertilizer in the bottom of the trench before you put in the soil. How ever If done right! . It gave a chance for people with bad soil, limited time, small yards to garden.Like every thing MelÂs methods can be improvised.6 inches of height is good for some vegetables only. It can be made at 2/3rd cost than what is the selling price. Join. deep_roots, SFG appeals to me because I'm an engineer, I like the structure of it. Do you have bad soil? This apparently gave more oxygen across the surface of the solution than would be introduced by an air pump directly into the bucket. tom_n_6bzone,The 100 carrots or 144 radishes per square foot is boggling to comprehend. Sooooo many people think they are square foot/intensive gardening when really they just framed in an area and filled it with yard dirt and dumped a bag or so of store bought compost/manure on it and called it a day. This fall I will be amending the soil with a good pile of composted manure to bring up the quality, and hopefully help with some of the deficiencies I saw. After many years of row crop gardening, I have given up on that system. It is expensive and not easily available in 4 cubit foot bags every where.Adding compost from 5 different sources may be difficult for some living in rural areas. (4) Tomato PlantsDivide the 4x4 into quarters and plant one caged indeterminate tomato plant in each of the 4 quarters. Raised beds throughout, pea-gravel pathways, and space for fruit trees the next season. Although I believe that Bird's book has suggestions that sway against organic practices, I thought of it mostly because of your suggestion regarding higher beds or double-digging. Cheers,D. I know some gardeners use food grade plastic but I haven’t found any in small quantities and it seems to cost over $50 - not every budget friendly! And it's true. All you are doing is increasing the bio availability and lessening the work load for soil bacteria.I add either dry or liquid molasses. Then draw two lines in the opposite direction so that you have nine sections. If I could suggest anything, it would be to make your growing beds deeper. But I think that may be a function of a deeper problem, namely that square foot gardening is barely enough of a concept to merit an encyclopedia page. Imagine 14.5 x 17.5 is your living space to the right and the remaining 8 x 17.5 houses an 8 x 9.5 galley kitchen at back left (plus understair storage - run this into the under stair area) and the dining is in the front left with windows above that built in banquette seating around a table would feellarger than the actual 8 x 8 . As far as drainage on a patio, the stones won't help you at all. 19.9k. If a 12 inches kit is available I will buy one. Required fields are marked *, I am working hard on inventories, and will add new items as they are ready for your gardens! Plus, planning in a rotation or succession of crops over a season takes no effort. This is divided into 1-foot squares, giving 16 square feet in total. Gardening, like any hobby that has a deep and rich history, requires study and knowledge gathering. It's a wonderful stepping stone from Albertson's to your back yard produce section. I do think one can 'do better' with some aspects of French Intensive than they can with Sq Ft. *if* they wish to do more work. I don't see Mel recommending the feeding and care of the 'potting soil mix' that SFG endorses, which would be needed to make it more 'alive'. Row that is like chocolate cake in consistency with organic matter intensively planted garden only in... 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