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In the 1970s, Mel Bartholomew, an American author and TV presenter, developed a planting method called Square Foot Gardening (or SFG). Simple, easy-to-manage raised beds that require little maintenance are created with raised beds.

With Mel’s first book and television series, SFG quickly gained popularity during the 1980s, and several companies now offer ready-to-assemble SFG gardens on the market. According to supporters, SFG produces more, uses less soil and water, and takes just 2% of the time of traditional gardening.

The Square Foot Gardening System

As SFG has evolved, several precise rules must be followed:


The limitations of square foot gardening

Each of these ‘rules’ serves a purpose, and together they form a powerful and almost fail-safe method for gardening success. Whether you are a new gardener, a busy person, an elderly or disabled person (SFG gardens can be constructed at a raised height to make them more accessible), or a child, this is an excellent method for you. Due to its ease of installation and maintenance, SFG is embraced by many schools. There are, however, a few limitations:



When Square Foot Gardening was first invented, it was revolutionary, and it’s still an excellent system for those just starting who have limited space or want a highly organized system. A raised bed garden and good organization do not require following SFG.


In what depth should a square foot garden bed be dug?

To provide plants with plenty of nutrients while maintaining good drainage, beds should be deep-between 6 and 12 inches.

How can I plan my garden for free?

The vegetable gardening online site is perfect for newcomers to vegetable gardening. There are zone charts, planting worksheets, a diary, growing information for vegetables and berries, and free garden planning.