Raised Garden Beds Design Plans - 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 4x4 foot garden bed, for example, will have 16 planting squares (because there are 16 square feet in a 4x4 bed). Each putting square comes with an address used to spot the square.
While for addressing the methods change, one of the simplest would be to utilize letters for amounts and columns for rows, along with the square is identified by the mix of the two. Numbering beginnings in the upper left corner and goes 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 also the 4th row. I've yet to find a garden bed that is commercially available with an enclosed attribute for marking off putting squares.
I wish somebody would create a Square Foot Gardening grid that you can fit into a raised garden bed to mark off squares, if you prefer to work with the Square Foot Gardening method, but until this really is available, for marking squares off, you will need to devise your own personal procedure. The initial step will be to figure out the dimensions on the interior of the garden bed, which will be width and the length which is really usable for planting.
The 4x8 foot garden beds I purchased, for instance, are 4x8 feet from end to end. But when you connect the boards in the corners, you lose several inches, therefore the interior dimensions of the garden bed are actually a few inches short of the advertised size. In my own case, my beds have an interior measurement of 46.25 inches x 94 inches. I refer to these dimensions as Usable Span for the remainder of this short article.