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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This is a pretty good overview of the Square Foot Gardening method. I’m a Certified SFG Instructor and highly recommend everyone get a copy of Mel Bartholomew’s 2nd Edition All New Square Foot Gardening book (you can find it at your local library).

We only recommend the use of 100% compost when growing in third world countries and I’m glad you included the 1/3 coarse vermiculite (or in a pinch perlite), 1/3 peat moss (or coco coir) and 1/3 compost - lovingly referred to as Mel’s Mix.

After harvesting a square you will add a trowel full of compost to that empty square, stir it in and you can replant. Unlike bagged “soil” or “potting mix” you will NEVER have to make Mel’s Mix again, just keep adding compost. So while the initial cost is high you can see that it will save you $$ in the long run.

The bed really only needs to be 6” tall. If you want to grow deeper crops (long carrots or leeks for example) you can add a 1’x1’ “top hat” to just a single square and fill that with Mel’s Mix. 

I love your videos.

Posted by Kim Roman on Apr. 14, 2014 at 1:55:42 PM

Hello Kim,

Thanks so much for the tips! Great advice on getting the most from Mel’s system.

Posted by GrowOrganic.com on Apr. 15, 2014 at 9:52:13 AM


Many counties in NM, such as the one I live in Sandoval, make compost and sell a pickup load full of compost for about $12.00; this is an enormous cost savings. Check to see if you county does something like this also. Ours is done by the county landfill; they make 80 Tons a month with half horse manure. I think it is excellent and use it myself.

Posted by James E Descamps on May. 14, 2014 at 5:12:25 PM



Posted by rose lanclos on Nov. 20, 2014 at 3:33:59 PM

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