Square Foot Gardening Forum

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.


Display results as :


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Showcase of Gardens - Show Us Yours
by rajmahendra Today at 5:29 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Today at 4:01 am

» California's Drought
by sanderson Today at 3:56 am

» Indian Solar Gardening Calendar
by sanderson Today at 3:50 am

» Mason bees
by rajmahendra Yesterday at 9:50 pm

» New England October, 2016
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:56 pm

» N&C Midwest: October Happenings!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:51 pm

» Hello from central Massachusetts!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:47 pm

» leggy potatoes plants were started too early in the hous
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:38 pm

» CANADIAN REGION:What are you doing in October 2016
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 4:24 pm

» Second Year SFG in Canada
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:13 am

» Thin Crust Pizza
by No_Such_Reality 10/19/2016, 11:34 pm

» Our Newest Regional Hosts!
by Scorpio Rising 10/19/2016, 8:10 pm

» Microbes...you gotta see this one !!!
by has55 10/19/2016, 2:15 pm

» November Planting in SoCal, time to keep working it and bragging rights time!
by No_Such_Reality 10/19/2016, 10:27 am

» Winter Hobbies and Crafts
by Scorpio Rising 10/18/2016, 7:48 pm

» Cucumber plant visitor
by Scorpio Rising 10/18/2016, 7:31 pm

» Hello all
by Scorpio Rising 10/18/2016, 7:16 pm

» The Most Annoying Pest In The Yard
by Scorpio Rising 10/18/2016, 6:45 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by sanderson 10/18/2016, 4:32 pm

» 2016 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by yolos 10/18/2016, 11:17 am

» Tryst with my first DIY SFG in India
by rajmahendra 10/18/2016, 7:50 am

» mason bees-for 2015
by has55 10/18/2016, 6:20 am

» The Research Journey:Connecting the dots with Soil & Diverse Cover Crops
by has55 10/18/2016, 12:06 am

» Cinnamon Pickles
by yolos 10/17/2016, 11:31 pm

» who has chickens
by Ginger Blue 10/17/2016, 9:16 pm

» Lemon Grass
by Mimi2 10/17/2016, 12:28 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by Kelejan 10/16/2016, 8:26 pm

» MUSIC: Classical
by Kelejan 10/16/2016, 8:25 pm

» SFG -- what to do with your shovel
by sfg4uKim 10/16/2016, 12:39 pm


Search SFG Forum

New To SFG

View previous topic View next topic Go down

New To SFG

Post  sas581 on 5/4/2014, 11:24 pm

Hi Everyone,

As a newbie to square foot gardening, I'm in need of some hand holding. I'm having trouble planning the layout of my two 4x8 beds.   I would like to grow:  Tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, summer squash, peas, carrots, lettuce, eggplant, cabbage, peppers, basil, oregano, parsley and beets.

I have read Mel's book, but I'm having trouble with staking vs. trellising, and pruning.  Suggestions are greatly appreciated.




Female Posts : 3
Join date : 2014-05-04
Age : 57
Location : Montrose, New York

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: New To SFG

Post  yolos on 5/4/2014, 11:36 pm

For Tomatoes, I use cages because I have plenty of room (see my avatar).  My cucumbers I put on a trellis.  Beans depend on whether they are bush beans or pole beans.  Pole beans I put on a trellis.   Summer squash depends on what variety you are growing (some are vining and some are big bushy plants.  Eggplant I just used a short stake to keep them upright but I don't think you really need that.  I don't grow peppers so I don't know about that.

Incase you are new to growing, some of the vegetables you want to grow are warm weather crops and some are cool weather crops depending on your zone and climate.


Female Posts : 2810
Join date : 2011-11-20
Age : 66
Location : Brooks, Ga Zone 7B/8A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

New To SFG

Post  sas581 on 5/4/2014, 11:48 pm

Hi Yolos,

Thanks for your suggestions. From what reading staking, caging and trellising are all acceptable and interchangeable.



Female Posts : 3
Join date : 2014-05-04
Age : 57
Location : Montrose, New York

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: New To SFG

Post  yolos on 5/5/2014, 12:22 am

Yes they are all acceptable.  But they do have different benefits and drawbacks.  When you cage them it usually takes up more room but you do not have to do any pruning.  I am sure someone will come along that uses different methods.

Actually, I just looked at my avatar and realized that I forgot to say I actually staked and caged my tomatoes this year.  Way overkill but I have my reasons.


Female Posts : 2810
Join date : 2011-11-20
Age : 66
Location : Brooks, Ga Zone 7B/8A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: New To SFG

Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/5/2014, 8:02 am

Hi Sas.  Welcome!

Carrots - some you can plant in 6", some need more.  But you need to keep them moist.

Beets & Carrots - if you have a misting setting on your watering setup, it will help keep them in place rather than moving around like mine did, lol.

I use trellising & staking a lot.  But my garden plot is completely fenced in up to 4' minimum.

It's all a learning process...


Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 3631
Join date : 2014-03-18
Age : 53
Location : Buford, GA - Zones 7B/8A

View user profile http://www.defensivespecialties.com

Back to top Go down

Re: New To SFG

Post  Sponsored content Today at 7:16 am

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