Raised Garden Bed Plans Cedar - When growing vegetables in raised garden beds using the Square Foot Gardening method, your beds should be sectioned off into one-foot segments called putting squares. A 4x8 foot garden bed will have 32 planting squares. Each putting square comes with an address used to spot the square.
While the methods for addressing vary, among the simplest would be to utilize letters for amounts and columns for rows, and the square is identified by the mix of the two. Numbering starts in the upper left corner and proceeds 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 and the 4th row. I have yet to locate a commercially available garden bed with an included attribute for marking off putting squares.
I wish somebody would develop a Square Foot Gardening grid which you can insert into a raised garden bed to mark off squares, but until that is available, should you would like to utilize the Square Foot Gardening process, you'll need to devise your own personal procedure for marking squares off. The first step would be to compute the dimensions on the inside of the garden bed, which is the length and width that is in fact useable for planting.
But when you join the boards in the corners, you lose several inches, so 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 measurement of 46.25 inches x 94 inches. I refer to these dimensions as Useable Length for the rest of the post.