Vegetable Garden Raised Beds Plans - When growing vegetables in raised garden beds utilizing the Square Foot Gardening approach, your beds will need to be sectioned off into one-foot sections called planting squares. Each planting square has an address used to recognize the square.
While for addressing the methods change, among the simplest would be to make use of letters for numbers and columns for rows, along with the square is identified by the combination of the two. Numbering starts in the upper left corner and goes left to right, top to bottom. I've yet to locate a garden bed that is commercially available with an included feature for marking off planting squares.
I wish somebody would create a Square Foot Gardening grid which you can fit into a raised garden bed to mark off squares, should you intend to work with the Square Foot Gardening process but until this really is available, for marking squares off, you will need to devise your own personal system. The initial step would be to calculate the measurements on the inside of the garden bed, which can be width and the length which is actually useable for planting.
The 4x8 foot garden beds I purchased, for instance, are 4x8 feet from end to end. But when you join the boards in the corners, you lose a few inches, or so the interior measurements of the garden bed are really a couple of inches short of the advertised size. In my own case, my beds have an interior dimension of 46.25 inches x 94 inches. I refer to these measurements as Usable Length for the rest of this post.