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Post  pippett2 on 6/3/2015, 9:50 am

Hello,  I am looking to start a SFG, but I just measured my box and noticed it's 40X40. I have 2 of options (maybe more that I am not thinking of), but I am just curious what would be the recommended setup for this size box?

1) 4 x 4 w/ 10 square inch planting areas (concern - too small)
2) 3 x 3 w/ 13 1/3 square inch planting areas (concern - too big)

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Post  Kelejan on 6/3/2015, 10:37 am

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I would use the 3 x 3 squares.  I will be interested in others' preferences.

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Post  sanderson on 6/3/2015, 12:31 pm

Pippet, Welcome to the Forum from California! glad you\'re here

If you make your grids with 12" x 12" squaresthen you will have 4" of extra space on 2 sides. You can always plant something that is 9/sq (radish, beets, short variety carrot, or a dwarf marigold) in the "trim" areas. Or just make a grid for 9 equal squares. Better to have them larger than smaller.

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Re: Newbie Box Question

Post  pippett2 on 6/3/2015, 4:10 pm

Thanks for the input! I think I am going to go with 9 equal squares @ 13 1/3 inches.
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Post  Kelejan on 6/3/2015, 9:01 pm

pippett2 wrote:Thanks for the input! I think I am going to go with 9 equal squares @ 13 1/3 inches.

Let us know how your get on. Very Happy
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 6/4/2015, 8:33 pm

Hi Pippett2.  Welcome from Atlanta, GA.  Glad you've joined us!

Agree that too big is better than too small.

Have fun!
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Post  vortex on 6/4/2015, 9:24 pm

Agree with the 9 squares. Happy gardening!
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Post  Marc Iverson on 6/5/2015, 1:20 am

I would go 3x3 too, and plant some small flowers like marigolds in the extra space between plants.
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Re: Newbie Box Question

Post  AtlantaMarie on 6/5/2015, 7:55 am

That would certainly help w/ bug problems!

You could also do small beets, radishes, spinach, a couple of bush beans...
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