Designing And Constructing A Raised Bed Garden - When growing vegetables in raised garden beds utilizing the Square Foot Gardening method, your beds should be sectioned off into one-foot segments called planting squares. A 4x8 foot garden bed will have 32 planting squares. Each planting square comes with an address used to recognize the square.
While the means of addressing vary, among the most straightforward is to make use of letters for amounts and columns for rows, and also the square is identified by the mix of the two. Numbering starts in the upper left corner and goes left to right, top to bottom. For instance, planting square A1 is the upper left hand square (1st column, 1st row), while planting square C4 is the square in the 3rd column as well as the 4th row. I have yet to locate a garden bed that is commercially available for marking off planting squares, with an enclosed attribute.
I wish somebody would build a Square Foot Gardening grid which you can add into a raised garden bed to mark off squares, in case you prefer to use the Square Foot Gardening approach, but until this is available, for marking squares off you'll need to devise your own personal procedure. Step one will be to calculate the measurements on the interior of the garden bed, which is width and the length that is in fact useable for planting.
But when you join the boards at the corners, you lose several inches, or so the interior measurements of the garden bed are really a couple of inches short of the advertised size. Within my case, my beds have an interior measurement of 46.25 inches x 94 inches. I refer to these measurements as Usable Length for the rest of the short article.