Shrubs For Narrow Garden Beds - When vegetables that are growing in raised garden beds utilizing the Square Foot Gardening method, your beds will have 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 comes with an address used to identify the square.
While the methods for addressing change, one of the simplest is to utilize letters for columns and amounts for rows, as well as the mix of the two identifies the square. 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 also the 4th row. I've yet to find a commercially available garden bed with an included attribute for marking off planting squares.
I wish somebody would develop a Square Foot Gardening grid which you can fit into a garden bed that is raised to mark off squares, should you intend to work with the Square Foot Gardening approach but until that is available, for marking squares off, you'll need to formulate your own personal system. The very first step is to compute the measurements on the interior of the garden bed, which is width and the length that's really usable for planting.
The 4x8 foot garden beds I bought, for example, are 4x8 feet from end to end. However , when you connect the planks in the corners, you lose a number of inches, or so the interior measurements of the garden bed are actually a few 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 this post.