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Throughout the spring, I will be doing a series of in-person workshops talking about plants, and how to grow them when you have less than ideal conditions. The two main topics to overcome poor conditions are Square Foot Gardening (SFG) and container gardening. Over the next few days, I will be sharing a series of posts with you about these topics, covering much of the information that will be discussed in the workshops.
SFG and container gardening are a little pricier
Even with the initial costs of creating the gardens, I feel that the benefits are far greater in the long term.
Benefits of Square Foot Gardening
- can have a garden anywhere even on top of concrete/pavement
- fewer weeds
- easier to prevent critter – netting, fencing, etc
- more concentrated growing space = less wasted amendments/fertilizers
- easier for crop rotation for the home gardener
- more plants in a smaller space – For example, in a 2’x8′ garden bed you can grow 10 tomatoes & 6 pepper plants; using traditional row gardening, you could only have 5 tomatoes or 7 pepper plants
- biodiversity – more variety in less space
- great for beginners or those with physical limitations
- no heavy equipment to purchase/rent, store, or use
The goal with SFG and container gardening is to work smarter, not harder. SFG results in using 80% less space to grow the same amount of crops you would in traditional row gardening. By using less space, you also are cutting down on the amount of water that is needed, the amount of fertilizers and soil amendments that are needed, and, probably the most appealing, the amount of time you need to spend working in the garden.
In the next post, I will share with you how to set up your raised beds to get ready for a productive gardening season.
I too had experience in doing square foot gardening. But, I have not yet succeeded. I do not get the proper guidance and time. So I stopped that and turn into my usual gardening way. If we have a knowledge and time then square foot gardening will really beneficial for us.
Going to incorporate this method this year, wish me luck!
I actually think container gardening is a great way to grow your own food and I agree with all your points, It is easy to rotate your crops, to control pest, and all the others. The best thing is wherever you live you can do it in one way or the other.Sharing on Pinterest & twitter.
I wish I was this organized, lol! I have read the square foot garden book and I know I should try it. Thanks for the info!
I don’t have the space to do one large garden, but I can put one here and there around the farm. As I always feel there is never enough garden, this information on square foot gardening is going to help me add at least a few more!!! Thank you for the great article!
I like to do this with my lettuce, spinach, garlic and onion especially.
Absolutely! They really benefit from the high-density planting.