Square Foot Gardening

By GrowOrganic.com on April 11, 2014

In this video, Tricia will show you how to build a square foot garden!

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Can anyone answer my question about square foot gardening?  So I like the idea of it, especially how it saves space, but is that really enough space for the plants to grow?  Also, will it be okay if I don’t follow the part of the method about making the special soil mix and use my own garden soil instead, but still use the square foot spacing, or do I have to follow the entire method in order to be able to use the spacing?  Thank you.

Posted by Nicholas on Jun. 05, 2017 at 6:33:07 AM

Nicholas, you can use your own garden soil. You will adjust how many plants you put in each square, based on the plants need for space. For example, you only put in one tomato plant per square, but if you are planting lettuce, you can put in more plants. Just follow the planting directions for the spacing of each plant.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Jun. 05, 2017 at 11:18:27 AM


Hi Nicholas!  If you do use the soil mix (1/3 compost, 1/3 course vermiculite, 1/3 peat moss), then you’ll only need 6” (yes, just 6 inches) of soil.  For a 4x4 bed, that means you’ll need 8 cu.ft. of each.  The soil mix is so rich, you won’t need more than 6” to grow anything.  I’ve even grown potatoes successfully in 6” of the soil mix, withOUT hilling because it’s so nutrient rich!  Mel Bartholomew’s book, The All New Square Foot Garden explains it all so easily, and it’s fun!

Posted by SugarPeas on Apr. 10, 2018 at 3:13:24 PM

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