Raised Bed Garden Design Photos - When growing vegetables in raised garden beds using the Square Foot Gardening approach, your beds will have to be sectioned off into one-foot segments called planting squares. A 4x4 foot garden bed, for example, will have 16 planting squares (because there are 16 square feet in a 4x4 bed). Each planting square has an address used to recognize the square.
While the options for addressing vary, among the most straightforward is to make use of letters for amounts and columns for rows, as well as the mixture of the two identifies the square. Numbering beginnings in the upper left corner and proceeds left to right, top to bottom. For example, 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've yet to find a garden bed that is commercially available for marking off planting squares, with an included attribute.
I wish somebody would build a Square Foot Gardening grid that you can insert into a raised garden bed to mark off squares, in case you prefer to work with the Square Foot Gardening approach, but until that is available, for marking off squares you'll need to formulate your own system. The very first step will be to compute the measurements on the interior of the garden bed, which is width and the length that is actually usable for planting.
However , when you connect the planks in the corners, you lose a number of inches, or so the interior measurements of the garden bed are really a few 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 measurements as Usable Length for the balance of the short article.