Square foot gardening is a method developed by Mel Bartholomew who created the method to reduce the amount of work that goes into planting and maintaining an edible garden. He figured out the optimum space for veggies and herbs to get the most out of each square foot of garden.
To begin, he recommends dividing your bed (preferably a raised bed) into 1 foot squares. Then filling them up.
To help with what to put in each square, Williams-Sonoma has created “plant-a-grams” outlining exactly how many plants of each variety fit into a square. To make it entirely foolproof, they also created one plant-a-gram for almost every type of edible garden.
Since I am currently planning an herb garden, I’m especially excited about the Culinary Herb Garden Plant-A-Gram. No thinking required to create a beautiful and bountiful herb garden in a 4’x4’ raised bed.
W-S even recommends where (within each square) to plant seedlings at the bottom of each plant-a-gram:
GUIDE TO POSITIONING PLANTS IN YOUR PLOTS
1 plant – center the plant in the allotted space
2 plants – arrange plants on the diagonal, in opposite corners of the block
3 plants – arrange the plants in a triangle pattern
4 plants – arrange plants in all four corners of the block
6 plants – arrange plants in 2 rows of 3 or in the four corners plus 2 in the middle
And the best part is that these plant-a-grams are downloadable for free on the Williams-Sonoma website.
THANK YOU W-S. I’m going to create my herb garden now.