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R.R. Book

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Seeding rate recommendations for square-foot gardening
« on: January 26, 2019, 01:45:07 PM »
Square foot gardens are recommended by some for concentrated planting in smaller spaces.  A common bed size is 4 x 4, whether one or several, due to ability to reach into the beds from all sides without stepping on soil and compacting it.

Some authoritative books on the subject by Mel Bartholomew:



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Here are some suggested per-square-foot seeding rates being used for an actual community garden:


https://uafcommunitygarden.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/square-foot-gardening/
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Re: Seeding rate recommendations for square-foot gardening
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2019, 03:59:07 PM »
YEe, there is a lot to be said for square foot gardening, or any variation of it.  Think of the fact that not one square inch is devoted to paths--except outside the bed.  An elongated square would be a rectangle and if space permits for example, a 4X20 or 4X40 foot bed would be great for cramming all sorts of crops in there.

 Rectangular beds make a lot of sense, in particular making them as wide as possible where the gardener can still reach the middle from either side.  This works good for garlic as it is planted in the fall and no weeding is needed for months, unless you have an unusually warm fall and early part of winter.  Garlic usually only needs one or two weedings--one after spring arrives and all kinds of weeds might be popping up, and then another possible weeding as spring progresses.

One device I haven't rigged up yet, but want to is basically a long rectangular board/plant that is supported by a hefty wheel on each side.  The board is slightly wider than the bed, and thus each wheel rides up/down outside the bed, while the gardener weeds, plants, or harvests, while sitting on the board.  The board would have to be something like a 2"X8" or 2"X10" (2.54 cm = 1 inch) or 5cm X 25cm to be able to hold a person sitting down.  It would certainly save a lot of blue jean knees from wearing out constantly. 

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Re: Seeding rate recommendations for square-foot gardening
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2019, 06:07:46 PM »
Agree with the rectangular beds, space permitting.

The board with wheels sounds ingenious.  Hope you'll post a photo, once you've got one made!  :)

 

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