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Square-Foot Gardening | Care2 Healthy Living

Square-Foot Gardening | Care2 Healthy Living

Ever since Mel Bartholomew published his landmark book on the topic, square-foot gardening has become an ever-more-popular method for getting a lot of food out of a little space. The general idea behind this method is to divide your garden beds into 1-foot-by-1-foot squares, and plant your crops intensively in this grid pattern instead of in traditional rows. Each square is dedicated to a particular crop. For example, if it’s a small crop, such as radishes, you plant 16 in one square. A medium crop, such as beets, gets 9 plants per square, and so on. You can, of course, plant as many “squares” of radishes or beets as you like. Because the plants grow in this tightly spaced pattern, there’s no wasted space like you would have if planting in rows. That space simply becomes more food! You can use string or thin pieces of wood to mark off your squares. Bartholomew as well as m...

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