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Square Foot Gardening

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  What is square foot gardening? 

Square foot gardening is a simple method of creating small, orderly, and productive gardens. The basic concept: Create a small garden bed (4 feet by 4 feet or 4 feet by 8 feet are common sizes) and divide it into a grid of 1-foot squares, which you manage individually. Seeds or seedlings of each kind of vegetable are planted in one or more squares, at a density based on plant size.  Since there are no paths, there is no wasted space, and the soil in the bed stays loose because you never step on it.

Succession Planting

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Many people think that you need to plant all of your crops early in the season, but for many shorter season crops (e.g. greens, beans, herbs and root crops) you can continusouly plant, and enjoy crops throughout the season in order to maximize your harvests.

To have a continuous supply of these crops you can plant them every 2-3 weeks throughout the season. Particularly with root crops, you can plant them next to one another so that when you pull out one harvest, the next one can grow into the space. 

Companion Planting

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Planting certain crops next to one another can help discourage harmful pests, increase nutrient levels in soil, and help you makes the most of your small space!
Companion Planting

There is a helpful chart here to learn more about specific crops that grow well together! And, some other great information here

Garden Planning!

Garden Planning

Now is a great time to start planning your garden for the season! 

The following are some basic tips to get you started and to help you maximize any space to get the most out of your garden! 

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