on June 5th 2013.
Want to grow vegetables but haven't got a lot of space or it all seems like too much work, then square foot gardening could be for you.
Rather than devoting large amounts of space to growing vegetables, with all the time and effort that comes along with it, each type of vegetable is grown in a single square foot of space! Not only does this allow you to grow a large number of different vegetables in a much smaller area, it also cuts down on the amount of time spent watering and weeding.
To begin with a raised bed is set up and filled with a mixture of top soil and compost or well-rotted organic matter. It is then divided up into 1 foot squares into which each of the crops are grown. Seeds are sown direct into the soil in a grid formation allowing closer sowing so more can be grown, increasing the productiveness. The closeness of the vegetables also means weeds are smothered and less watering is required.
This method works best with fast growing crops that don't require large amounts of space, such as:-
Along with many others to choose from. After each is harvested a different crop is grown in its place, so as to minimise the build up of diseases in the soil.
- Less space needed than a traditional vegetable plot
- Less effort used to water and weed the plot
- Vegetable plot can be set up anywhere
- High yields of vegetables grown