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
» Second Year SFG in Canada
by sanderson Today at 2:07 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing December 2016
by Kelejan Today at 1:53 pm

» Tomato Tuesday 2016
by countrynaturals Today at 12:12 pm

» Amaranth
by countrynaturals Today at 12:06 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Today at 12:03 pm

» Garlic: Freeze, thaw, and heave
by donnainzone5 Today at 11:14 am

» Live and learn
by jimmy cee Today at 9:08 am

» New England, December 2016
by sanderson Today at 4:09 am

» 1st Seed Catalog Arrived :)
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:42 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 2:42 pm

» AtlantaMarie's Garden
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 2:04 pm

» N&C Midwest: December 2016
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:44 pm

» Mychorrhizae Fungi
by audrey.jeanne.roberts Yesterday at 1:28 pm

» December 2016 Avatar: Show your Winter Season Colors!
by Scorpio Rising 12/3/2016, 11:17 pm

» SFG not giving the results I expected
by No_Such_Reality 12/3/2016, 7:21 pm

» New Member
by trolleydriver 12/3/2016, 4:14 pm

» Mid-Atl - Dec 2016 - Seed Catalog ?
by CapeCoddess 12/3/2016, 12:32 pm

» First season SFG results / lessons learned
by countrynaturals 12/3/2016, 10:36 am

» Mid-South: December 2016
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 3:39 am

» Eat Broccoli Leaves? Brussels Sprouts? Cauliflower?
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 2:55 am

» Winter's Coming!
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 2:53 am

» Dry versus fresh spices to infuse vinegar
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 2:50 am

» 2016 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 1:28 am

» Holy snow Batman!
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 5:46 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by MrBooker 12/2/2016, 5:17 pm

» Blanching and Freezing Vegetables
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 4:59 pm

» Your Christmas wish list?
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 4:29 pm

» SFG Adventure of a first time gardener in ND
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 4:14 pm

» Fusion Life Brands Power XL pressure cooker
by CapeCoddess 12/2/2016, 2:39 pm

» Asia Region -Showcase of Gardens - Show Us Yours
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 2:14 pm


Search SFG Forum

First Garden Plan

View previous topic View next topic Go down

First Garden Plan

Post  Craig311 on 3/21/2011, 9:38 pm


I'm very excited to start my first garden and have taken an initial shot at designing a 4X6 foot bed. This bed will be in addition to a few container tomato plants I hope to have on the deck along with some flowers in containers. Also, I have a 3rd year Cascade hop plant that has been doing great (I homebrew beer and use my harvest for as "wethop" beer every year).

Of course, I'm just getting started and certainly have a lot to learn. Any feedback and/or advice would be greatly appreciated. This sure seems like a great community of very experienced and helpful people. Thanks in advance!

- Craig


Posts : 3
Join date : 2011-03-21
Location : 06708

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: First Garden Plan

Post  Craig311 on 3/21/2011, 9:39 pm

Forgot to mention one thing... I was planning on the top 4 boxes being deeper than the rest (potatoes carrots).


Posts : 3
Join date : 2011-03-21
Location : 06708

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Looks Good

Post  The Cynergist on 3/21/2011, 11:56 pm

Hi Craig,

Your plan looks great. I'm on my 3rd consecutive garden, and I had my first garden many years ago. I'm still kinda experimenting myself. I'm working with difficult soil and although, I got some good stuff last year, I'm hoping to do a little better this year.


The Cynergist

Female Posts : 141
Join date : 2010-05-26
Age : 54
Location : South Eastern Ontario, Canada

View user profile http://adf.ly/115253/gardenblog

Back to top Go down

Re: First Garden Plan

Post  Furbalsmom on 3/22/2011, 3:48 am

Craig, your plan looks pretty good, and congratulations on your Cascade Hops. I grew Cascade and Willamette in a half barrel up the side of the house on a trellis system. Of course the roots came out of the bottom of the half barrel and started new plants all along the side of the house. What a Face My youngest also brews beer and we were growing the hops for him.

I really like that you have one deeper end for longer rooted crops. I do have a couple of questions about your garden plan.
Which way is north on your plan? If your taller plants and vining plants are along the north side, they will not shade shorter plants.
Will you have a trellis for the peas or beans or are these bush style?
Is that one eggplant taking 4 sq ft. on the left side of your garden? I only use 1 sg ft, but perhaps that purple represents a bushy squash plant?
Did this planner suggest you could grown an artichoke in 1 sq ft? Mine took a minimum of 4 sq ft and really closer to 9 sq ft (3X3)last year. But, boy were those artichokes good.

Please keep us posted on your progress and also, share pictures.


Female Posts : 3141
Join date : 2010-06-10
Age : 69
Location : Coastal Oregon, Zone 9a, Heat Zone 2 :(

View user profile

Back to top Go down


Post  ander217 on 3/22/2011, 7:20 am

Welcome to the forum, Craig. (Both our sons-in-law are named Craig, and both have the same middle names, too!)

I like your garden plan.

If you have questions there are plenty of folks here happy to help if they can. You can also use the search feature to see if your question has already been answered in a previous thread.

Keep us posted on how your garden grows.


Female Posts : 1450
Join date : 2010-03-16
Age : 61
Location : Southeastern Missouri (6b)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: First Garden Plan

Post  Craig311 on 3/22/2011, 4:40 pm

Thanks for the replies everyone!

- North would be the left side of this plan. Also, my house is on that side.
- I was thinking bush style beans.
- Yes, that is an eggplant. Sounds like I've allocated too much space for that!
- Yes, the planner I used put the artichoke in 1 sq ft. Sounds like that isn't going to work!

A couple of other thoughts I had...

I don't feel like I'm anywhere near prepared to try and start seeds indoors this year. So, I'm thinking about buying seedlings from a local nursery and taking any advice they may have. Seems like a good place - here is the website... http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/

If I go the seedling route, I'm guessing I would also buy seeds for those plants that will be replanted over the course of the growing season. Or am I thinking about that wrong?

Thanks again! So much to learn!!


Posts : 3
Join date : 2011-03-21
Location : 06708

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: First Garden Plan

Post  Sponsored content Today at 3:35 pm

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