All New Square Foot Gardening – Notes


















Here are some notes from this book and also his book, “Square Foot Gardening – Answer Book.”

  • He plants on top on the dirt and grass. No tilling and no improving the soil.
  • His soil mix is 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 coarse vermiculite and 1/3 compost (from different sources)
  • As part of the compost mix, he encourages using worm castings, composted manure, etc. – this is probably where he gets his Nitrogen source.
  • No added fertilizer.
  • He does add extra compost every year.
  • He suggests using 1 x 6 or 2 x 6 lumber.
  • He says to use landscape fabric underneath the box.He used to recommend putting down newspaper or cardboard. He’s worried about old weeds seeds sprouting from the soil.
  • After you harvest a crop you add a handful of compost to that particular square.
  • Crop Rotation – after you harvest a crop you put in a different type of vegetable. You move from root, to fruit to leaf crops.

I’m going to test this system out this year and see what results I get. I do a version of this as my “Easy” butterfly garden. I use a mix from St.Louis Composting which does contain soil and compost.

Here’s a good video of the process although it’s a bit old.

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One response to “All New Square Foot Gardening – Notes

  1. Delving into the new is a gardening collaboration with our plants. Cooperating with life around us is a healing experiment. – The Healing Garden gardener.

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