Custom Cedar Raised Garden Beds - When growing vegetables in raised garden beds utilizing the Square Foot Gardening approach, your beds will have to be sectioned off into one-foot sections called putting squares. A 4x8 foot garden bed will have 32 planting squares. Each putting square comes with an address used to spot the square.
While the options for addressing vary, among the simplest would be to utilize letters for amounts and columns for rows, and the mixture of the two identifies the square. Numbering starts in the upper left corner and moves left to right, top to bottom. As an example, putting square A1 is the upper left hand square (1st column, 1st row), while putting square C4 is the square in the 3rd column and the 4th row. I've yet to locate a commercially accessible garden bed for marking off putting squares with an enclosed feature.
I wish somebody would create a Square Foot Gardening grid that you can insert into a garden bed that is raised to mark off squares, but until this really is accessible, if you wish to use the Square Foot Gardening approach, for marking squares off, you'll need to formulate your own personal system. The very first step will be to calculate the measurements on the inside of the garden bed, which can be width and the length that is truly usable for planting.
The 4x8 foot garden beds I bought, for example, are 4x8 feet from end to end. But when you connect the planks in the corners, you lose several inches, or so the interior measurements of the garden bed are actually a few inches short of the advertised size. In my own instance, my beds have an interior dimension of 46.25 inches x 94 inches. I refer to these measurements as Useable Span for the remainder of the short article.