How to Buy Square Foot Gardening Supplies

Buying supplies for a square foot garden is not much different than buying them for a conventional garden, but there are some exceptions.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Purchase garden boxes Purchase garden boxes or framing materials if you decide to construct your own. The boxes should be no wider than 4 feet, and about 6 to 8 inches in height.
  • TIP: You can construct the boxes from untreated lumber, bricks, or practically any other construction material. If you use wood, fasten the boards together with screws.
  • Step 2: Purchase soil Purchase soil or soil amendments if you want to build your own. Many square foot gardeners prefer a mix of one-third compost, one-third peat moss, and one-third vermiculite.
  • Step 3: Purchase materials for a grid Purchase or assemble, the materials you will need to construct a grid of 1-foot-square segments. Wood or plastic strips can be used. The grid will overlay the garden box.
  • Step 4: Purchase plant seeds Purchase plant seeds, taking into account the spacing required and allowing for a different type of plant in each 1-foot-square segment.
  • Step 5: Purchase a drip irrigation system Purchase a drip irrigation system if you will not be hand-watering your garden. With these tips, you should be harvesting crops in no time.
  • FACT: In Greek mythology, the first labyrinth-shaped garden was built to imprison the half-man, half-bull, Minotaur.

You Will Need

  • Garden boxes or framing materials
  • Soil or amendments
  • Wooden or plastic grid
  • Plant seeds
  • Irrigation system
  • Lumber (optional)
  • Bricks (optional)
  • Screws (optional)

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