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New at SFG - If I wanted to start with a 4x6 bed.

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New at SFG - If I wanted to start with a 4x6 bed.

Post  spud9638 on 4/17/2015, 8:54 pm

What media should I fill a new raised bed with? (will be growing spinach or maybe squash) I have read of putting landscaping cloth at the bottom, then a layer of newspaper before adding media. Is this a good idea? Would appreciate all advice. Thanks!   

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Re: New at SFG - If I wanted to start with a 4x6 bed.

Post  ralitaco on 4/17/2015, 11:45 pm

Welcome Spud from Coastal NC.

I would say use Mel's Mix. That is one of the keys to Square Foot Gardening (SFG). Mel's mix consists of 1/3 Vermiculite, 1/3 Peat moss & 1/3 Blended compost.

Do you have or have you read the All New Square Foot Gardening Book?
If not, check it out of the library and read it. SFG is a "Revolutionary way to grow more in less space" (quote off the book cover  Very Happy)

And I believe lots of people here use the landscaping cloth, newspaper, cardboard, etc. 
Also some of use have made Table Top beds that are off the ground and have either a plywood bottom or use 1/2" hardware cloth.

Again Welcome to the forum. Every one here is really great and helpful so read through the different posts and ask lots of questions.

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Re: New at SFG - If I wanted to start with a 4x6 bed.

Post  Kelejan on 4/18/2015, 12:13 am

The standard bed seems to be 4 x 4 but SFG fits into any size space to make the best use if it.

My personal size preference is 3 x 6 mainly because I am a small person and three feet wide enables me to reach the middle of the bed without falling into it. Six feet enabled my to cut 12 feet lengths into 6 x 3 without any wasted wood or too much cutting.

Any, glad you\'re here Spud happy hi , I think you will enjoy it here.

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