Square foot gardening is a great way to set up your raised beds, making better use of smaller space by planting in blocks instead of rows.
The layout matters! When planning your garden layout, try to place tall plants, like tomatoes, on the North side of the raised bed to prevent them from shading out smaller plants.
How about a container garden? Don’t worry, you can also grow your plants in containers and many of these plants can even be grown indoors, year-round! Sprout it will walk you through the process step-by-step and even let you know what size containers you need. Just add these plants and go to Your Garden to get growing!
Get your soil ready! For new raised beds, use a 50/50 mixture of native soil and garden soil. For established beds, refresh the soil by adding organic matter, like garden soil or compost. Be sure that the soil is loose and workable before planting.
Using your yardstick, measure and mark the sides of your garden in 1-foot increments to create an even grid. Push a thumbtack into the wood along the top at each mark to create anchors for your string. When all thumbtacks are in position, take the string and run it around opposite thumbtacks to create a grid with 1-foot by 1-foot squares. If your raised beds are not wood, you can also use plastic hooks with adhesive backing to anchor the string.
Reference the spacing guidelines on your Seed Pod label or in the Sprout it app, plant each section and label each square with the plant markers so you remember what you planted!
Don’t forget… Set up your Grow Plans in Sprout it so you get watering reminders and garden care tips throughout the growing season!