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Square Foot Gardening

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Ashleigh Smith
I'm Ashleigh Smith, a native to Northern Utah. I first gained a love of gardening with my grandmother as I helped her each summer.

I decided to make a career of it and have recently graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Horticulture from Brigham Young University - Idaho. My studies have focused on plant production while I also have experience in Nursery & Garden Center Operations.

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7 comments

  • JoJo Feb 5, 2023

    I love this method! It’s the best way to maximize your raised garden beds & that nifty tool helps everyone visualize what to plant in a square foot. Can you really get 2 squash plants in a square foot? I’m going to try!


  • Heather Jan 20, 2023

    I did the square foot method after I built my raised beds. I used thumbtacks and string, almost like in your first picture. The only difference is that I used bright red yarn left over from a Christmas project! I could definitely see the squares! Seriously, square foot makes spacing plants so much easier. Now I use the seeding square.


  • Lauren Jan 19, 2023

    I have never heard of this method, but I love the concept! Thank you for providing the template resource. I might give this method a try in my raised beds this spring!


  • Jessica Jan 19, 2023

    A great tip is to make sure you use a thoroughly sifted compost when square foot gardening. I had tossed an old acorn squash and sunchokes in my compost and every year after, I always had sunchokes stalks and acorn squash vines sprawling everywhere. Thankfully I enjoyed both.


  • True Leaf Market Jan 18, 2023

    Yvette, I recommend you try growing plants that like hot weather, such as beans, cucumber, eggplant, squash, tomatoes, and peppers. You can find some good resources for growing in hot climates (zones 11+) listed under Hawaii or Florida on our Hardiness Zones by State page (https://www.trueleafmarket.com/pages/hardiness-zones-by-state) or plant ideas on the planting by zones page (https://www.trueleafmarket.com/pages/planting-by-zones). Extension services for these states may have helpful information for you as well. For large or vining plants, try using a trellis or support to improve airflow through the foliage.


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