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Post  michelledy72 on 3/8/2014, 8:45 am

Hi! I've been growing in pots for the past few years. I asked my husband for an actual in ground space and he certainly delivered! I have a non traditional space - it is 22' long and starts 5' wide on the short end and gradually increases to 9' at the other end. It is somewhat of a "raised" idea as it is nestled in between retaining walls. This is the same space I have used for my container garden the past 3 years, so the sun/shade combo is great here. We actually had this space incorporated for garden space when we built our house and had the landscape design done. So I had intended to go for the SFG idea, but now after measuring the finished space I'm wondering if it will work?! This is what we've grown the past 3 years: leaf lettuces, microgreens, herbs, cherry tomatoes, tomato & cucumber varieties that tolerated containers well, jalapenos, stevia, lacianato kale and a failed attempt at peas last year. I am excited to be able to plant more this year. Just a little overwhelmed looking at the space and not sure the best way to tackle it.

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Post  walshevak on 3/8/2014, 7:49 pm

If you were that successful with the containers, then a SFG setup will also be successful.  And it is not an either/or situation.  A few containers in space left over from the beds works too.

Have you read the book ALL NEW SQUAREFOOT GARDENING?  It is available in Lowes, Home Depot, Amazon (kindle and paperback) and usually at a local library.  It lays out all the best practices and is the manual this forum promotes.  We often use 4x4 beds but that is not always the best fit and doesn't sound like it is for you. I can sorta picture longer, narrower beds.   A picture or drawing of the space would help.  

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Post  FamilyGardening on 3/9/2014, 12:40 am

glad you\'re here  to the forum!!

22' long by 5' wide and then to 9' wide

I would divide that area In half down the long way with a one foot wide row in the middle and put down that one foot middle some perennials that you don't have to mess with to much during the growing season....

that will then give you two feet on both sides and then as it in larges to the nine foot wide that would be able to split into two 4x4 beds....maybe???

its hard to tell if Im on the right track with out seeing a drawing or picture....

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Post  sanderson on 3/9/2014, 5:19 am

Michelle,  Welcome to the Forum!   glad you\'re here You didn't actually say that you wanted to do Square Foot Gardening.  Is this what you want to do?  If so, then I second what Walshevak suggested, to get hold of a copy of All New Square Foot Gardening.

You certainly have an unusual space for your garden.  Besides using Mel's Mix, another basic of SFG is to literally build durable grids to set in the boxes.  This allows proper spacing of different variety of plants.  You should have a walkway down the middle so you don't walk on the garden and compact it.

Tell us a little more about how you plan to garden. how you plan to reach the plants 4' into the bed at the wide end.

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