Garden Bed Ideas Plants - When growing vegetables in raised garden beds using the Square Foot Gardening method, your beds will need to be sectioned off into one-foot segments called planting squares. A 4x4 foot garden bed, for instance, will have 16 planting squares (because there are 16 square feet in a 4x4 bed). Each planting square has an address used to identify the square.
While the methods for addressing change, among the most straightforward is to make use of letters for amounts and columns for rows, as well as the square is identified by the combination of the two. Numbering beginnings in the upper left corner and goes left to right, top to bottom. As an example, planting square A1 is the upper left-hand square (1st column, 1st row), while planting square C4 is the square in the 3rd column and the 4th row. I've yet to find a garden bed that is commercially available for marking planting squares off with an included attribute.
I wish somebody would build a Square Foot Gardening grid that you can fit into a garden bed that is raised to mark off squares, but until that is available, should you would like to use the Square Foot Gardening process, you'll need to devise your own personal strategy for marking off squares. The first step is to calculate the measurements on the interior of the garden bed, which will be the length and width that's really useable for planting.
The 4x8 foot garden beds I purchased, for example, are 4x8 feet from end to end. However , when you connect the planks at the corners, you lose several inches, hence the interior measurements of the garden bed are actually a couple of inches short of the advertised size. In my instance, my beds have an interior measurement of 46.25 inches x 94 inches. I refer to these measurements as Useable Span for the rest of this informative article.