Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Eggplant - (Japanese) Millionaire
by Scorpio Rising Today at 7:17 pm

» Please Share Your Knowledge with a Newbie!
by Scorpio Rising Today at 7:12 pm

» Total lunar / solar eclipse
by Scorpio Rising Today at 7:08 pm

» Do you fertilize? If so, what do you use?
by Turan Today at 4:56 pm

» Experiment - Amended Soil and MM
by Turan Today at 4:41 pm

» Aug 2017 lower south - better late than never
by brianj555 Today at 4:19 pm

» Sweet Potato "Toast" -- MIND BLOWN!
by CapeCoddess Today at 2:56 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by CapeCoddess Today at 2:52 pm

» How much room for Tromboncino zucchini?
by CapeCoddess Today at 2:46 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by sanderson Today at 12:46 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in August 2017? 2017
by Kelejan Today at 12:19 pm

» Beets; Don't be intimidated!
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 10:25 am

» Caterpillar - Good or Bad?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 8:15 am

» Monarch Supporter
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 8:02 am

» 2017 corn pictures
by Fiz Today at 7:51 am

» Avocado toast with garden tomato
by sanderson Today at 2:13 am

» Any Strange and Wonderful Visitors? Photos please!
by sanderson Today at 1:01 am

» AUGUST 23, 2017, 6:00 PM EASTERN -- LIVE STREAM
by sfg4uKim Yesterday at 9:38 pm

» New England August 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:28 pm

» What to do with fallen unripe tomatoes?
by Fiz Yesterday at 7:31 pm

» Plumeria ?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 7:29 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 7:22 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 4:42 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 2:32 pm

» Time flies when you are having fun
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 2:05 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 12:10 pm

» Newbie Oldbie
by dixie Yesterday at 10:47 am

» Anyone growing fall peas in zone 7 TN
by dixie Yesterday at 9:50 am

» Cutting back on my SFG about 75%
by Kelejan Yesterday at 12:35 am

» N & C Midwest: August is here!!! 2017
by Scorpio Rising 8/21/2017, 9:17 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

HELP! First-timer needs help with dimensions

View previous topic View next topic Go down

HELP! First-timer needs help with dimensions

Post  jreb357 on 2/23/2012, 4:53 pm

I am preparing to put in my first SFG. I am trying to decide whether to build six 4x4 boxes or four 4x8 boxes, and whether to go with 2-ft or 3-ft paths between them. The garden will be fenced. What are your thoughts?

Thanks
avatar
jreb357

Posts : 2
Join date : 2012-02-23
Location : Arkansas

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: HELP! First-timer needs help with dimensions

Post  Squat_Johnson on 2/23/2012, 5:08 pm

I have some long beds. The main concern is trellis space. In an 8' (or longer) there isn't a way to reach around the sides, and reach the middle plants. A 4x8 is fine, but only put a trellis on 4' of the bed.

I would go for 3' paths. Plants will spill out the sides, and you have to be able to walk between. Mine are 5' and there are times I can't get a wheelbarrow between them.
avatar
Squat_Johnson

Male Posts : 440
Join date : 2010-05-25
Location : Beaver Dam, Kentucky, zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: HELP! First-timer needs help with dimensions

Post  boffer on 2/23/2012, 5:18 pm

Definitely go with 3 foot aisles. I'm quoting myself from a post a couple days ago.

[quote[It wasn't until boxes 13 and 14 that I finally made 4x4 boxes. All my boxes to date had been oddball sizes based on the used materials I had on hand. If I was starting from scratch and buying materials, I would make nearly all of them 4x4 because the uniformity makes them more versatile. It makes it easier and more efficient to use plastic for extending seasons, or shade cloth, or bug netting. I'm at the point where I think of the number of boxes, rather than squares for some veggies. For instance, I grow one box of carrots, three boxes of broccoli, and 1½ boxes of onions.

The exception would be 1x4 boxes for trellised plants. If a trellis is on a 4x4 box already, I can set the 1x4 along side the box and use the trellis from both sides. Or I can set up trellises independently of boxes wherever I want them, and then pick up and move the 1x4s to the trellis.[/quote]
avatar
boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 64
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: HELP! First-timer needs help with dimensions

Post  Chopper on 2/23/2012, 10:11 pm

Ditto on 3 foot aisles. If it is fenced, can the fencing double as trellis? If so you may want some 2 X whatevers along the northern fence.

Chopper

Female Posts : 2467
Join date : 2010-05-05
Age : 62
Location : Warner Springs, CA USDA Zone 8a, Sunset Zone 7 (I think)

View user profile http://thezimmermannfamilytoo.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Leave room for expansion inside the fence

Post  tomperrin on 2/23/2012, 11:31 pm

Square foot gardening tends to be addictive. I think it's a good idea to make room inside the fence to allow for expansion if so desired. Also, it's a good idea to line up the materials for Mel's Mix in advance. As for size & number of boxes, 4'x4' boxes is probably the SFG ideal. While I have larger boxes outside the garden fence, it's a daunting task to fill a large box with MM. I also use 2'x4' and 3'x4' boxes that are immediately adjacent to the fence for ease of access.

Tom
avatar
tomperrin

Male Posts : 350
Join date : 2011-03-20
Age : 75
Location : Burlington, NJ Zone 7a (2012 version), in the hollow, surrounded by trees.

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Thank you

Post  jreb357 on 2/24/2012, 8:47 am

Thank you all for your answers. As a new guy this has been very helpful.

Thanks again.
avatar
jreb357

Posts : 2
Join date : 2012-02-23
Location : Arkansas

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: HELP! First-timer needs help with dimensions

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum