Good news for everyone who’s been procrastinating on the garden planting. By popular request, I’ve made two printable square foot gardening cheat sheets! Because taking your laptop or tablet out to the garden really isn’t a good idea. Now you have no excuses.
Square Foot Gardening (SFG) is a great technique for growing a lot of produce in very little space. That means less time spent building raised beds, less soil to buy or shovel, less weeding and watering, and more eating delicious fresh vegetables. The typical SFG bed is just 4’x4′, and one or two beds is plenty for most folks.
Download the square foot gardening cheat sheets
Just click on each image or link to download, save, and print the PDF files.
These works are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. That means:
- you can download, print, copy, and share them,
- you can not modify or sell them, and
- you must include credit to www.plantandplate.com (a link would be nice, too).
More info on square foot gardening:
Mel Bartholomew’s classic book Square Foot Gardening is still my go-to reference, except that I lent out my copy and also my loaner copy. Mine are older editions, so I can’t say whether there’s anything especially valuable in the newer ones. One thing: I’m not crazy about his “Mel’s Mix” recipe for planting mix — it’s equal parts peat moss, vermiculite, and compost, and there are serious environmental concerns about peat moss and vermiculite.
Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links, meaning I earn a few nickels if you buy books through them. But Square Foot Gardening has been around for ever, so you can probably find a cheap used paperback of an earlier edition (at your local independent used bookstore) without looking too hard. Any time I see one that’s only a few bucks I buy it, because I keep lending mine out or giving them away. It’s no way to earn affiliate commissions, but that’s how I roll. Oh, and your local library should also have these books, but they might all be checked out — it is springtime, after all. Also, the librarians might be angry if you bring theirs back with muddy little fingerprints all over it. But if you want a shiny new copy of your very own, or any other books that I’ve mentioned, and if you’re going to shop online anyway, you may as well do so by clicking one of these links.