Raised Garden Bed Drainage Holes - When growing vegetables in raised garden beds using the Square Foot Gardening method, your beds should be sectioned off into one-foot sections called putting squares. A 4x4 foot garden bed, for instance, will have 16 planting squares (because there are 16 square feet in a 4x4 bed). A 4x8 foot garden bed will have 32 planting squares. Each putting square comes with an address used to spot the square.
Among the most straightforward would be to utilize letters for amounts and columns for rows while the means of addressing change, along with the combination of the two identifies the square. Numbering beginnings in the upper left corner and goes left to right, top to bottom. For 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 as well as the 4th row. I've yet to locate a garden bed that is commercially available with an enclosed attribute for marking off putting squares.
I wish somebody would develop a Square Foot Gardening grid that you can fit into a raised garden bed to mark off squares, but until this is available, if you wish to make use of the Square Foot Gardening approach, you will need to formulate your own personal strategy for marking off squares. Step one will be to figure out the dimensions on the interior of the garden bed, which will be width and the length that is really usable for planting.
The 4x8 foot garden beds I purchased, for example, are 4x8 feet from end to end. However , when you join the boards at the corners, you lose a number of inches, therefore the interior dimensions of the garden bed are actually a few inches short of the advertised size. In my case, my beds have an interior dimension of 46.25 inches x 94 inches. I refer to these dimensions as Useable Length for the rest of the article.