Presenting a finished raised garden bed.

Square foot gardening

A few items to note:

  • The grid is made from extra pieces of cedar, which I ripped on the table saw. It was very important to make our front yard look neat and tidy. The grids will help to serve this goal and to organize our plantings. According to Mel Bartholomew, author of Square Foot Gardening, “if it doesn’t have a grid, it’s not a square foot garden”.
  • Each 12″ square can hold 1, 4, 9, or 16 seedlings, depending on the type of vegetable. The thin pieces of cedar will most likely warp over time, but it gives me a good approximation of where my seedlings should be planted. Planting in a grid helps me differentiate my seedlings from, say, a weed.
  • The gray cylinders around the perimeter are PVC pipes attached to the cedar sides. This idea came from Jeff Ball’s 60 Minute Garden. During late fall of this year and early spring of next year, we will use these PVC cylinders to support tunnel hoops. During the summer, I’m hoping to use these same holders for a trellis in order to grow tomatoes and melons vertically.

The above picture shows a longer view of the beds. I bought some inexpensive plastic cloches (and reused some plastic take out soup containers) to protect some of our seedlings from the still volatile New England weather.