Raised Bed Garden Soil Calculator - 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 4x8 foot garden bed will have 32 planting squares. Each planting square has an address used to identify the square.
One of the simplest would be to make use of letters for numbers and columns for rows while the methods for addressing vary, and also the combination of the two identifies the square. Numbering beginnings in the upper left corner and moves 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 and the 4th row. I've yet to find a garden bed that is commercially accessible with an enclosed attribute for marking off planting squares.
I wish somebody would build a Square Foot Gardening grid that you can add into a raised garden bed to mark off squares, if you wish to utilize the Square Foot Gardening approach but until this really is accessible, for marking off squares, you'll need to devise your own method. The first step is to calculate the dimensions on the inside of the garden bed, that is the length and width which is in fact useable for planting.
The 4x8 foot garden beds I purchased, for instance, are 4x8 feet from end to end. However , when you join the boards in the corners, you lose a few inches, so the interior dimensions of the garden bed are really 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 dimensions as Useable Length for the balance of this short article.