Raised Beds Gardening Soil - When vegetables that are growing in raised garden beds utilizing the Square Foot Gardening approach, your beds will need to be sectioned off into one-foot segments called putting squares. A 4x4 foot garden bed, for example, will have 16 planting squares (because there are 16 square feet in a 4x4 bed). Each putting square has an address used to identify the square.
While for addressing the methods vary, among the simplest is to use letters for numbers and columns for rows, and also the square is identified by the mixture of the two. Numbering beginnings 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 as well as the 4th row. I've yet to locate a garden bed that is commercially accessible for marking putting squares off with an included feature.
I wish somebody would build a Square Foot Gardening grid that you can fit into a raised garden bed to mark off squares, in case you intend to utilize the Square Foot Gardening process but until that is accessible, you will need to devise your own strategy for marking squares off. The first step is to compute the measurements on the inside of the garden bed, which can be width and the length that's truly useable for planting.
The 4x8 foot garden beds I purchased, for example, are 4x8 feet from end to end. However , when you join the planks at the corners, you lose a few inches, so the interior measurements of the garden bed are actually a couple of inches short of the advertised size. Inside my instance, my beds have an interior measurement of 46.25 inches x 94 inches. I refer to these measurements as Usable Span for the balance of the article.