Good Plants For Small Garden Beds - When growing vegetables in raised garden beds using the Square Foot Gardening approach, your beds will have to be sectioned off into one-foot sections called putting squares. A 4x8 foot garden bed will have 32 planting squares. Each putting square has an address used to identify the square.
While the options for addressing change, among the simplest would be to use letters for columns and numbers for rows, and also the mixture of the two identifies the square. Numbering beginnings in the upper left corner and proceeds left to right, top to bottom. I've yet to locate a garden bed that is commercially accessible for marking putting squares off with an enclosed attribute.
I wish somebody would create a Square Foot Gardening grid which you can add into a garden bed that is raised to mark off squares, if you'd like to use the Square Foot Gardening approach but until this is accessible, you'll need to devise your own system for marking squares off. Step one is to figure out the dimensions on the interior of the garden bed, which is width and the length that's truly usable for planting.
But when you join the boards in the corners, you lose several inches, or so the interior dimensions of the garden bed are actually a couple of inches short of the advertised size. In my own instance, my beds have an interior measurement of 46.25 inches x 94 inches. I refer to these dimensions as Useable Span for the rest of the article.