Creating A (Square Foot) Garden Plan

square foot gardening outline NESWWhether you are doing a traditional or square foot garden, having a plan helps everything run more smoothly. Here is a simple outline for creating your square foot garden plan. I love using Excel, but you can use graph paper or just plain old paper!

Step 1: Draw an outline of your garden.

I’m going to use the example of my 4′x8′ garden bed.

Step 2: Add landmarks and features

  • North, South, East, West
  • Fences, paths

Step 3: Choose what to grow

  • Write down a list of what vegetables you want to grow, and how many squares of each.

square foot gardening outline plantsStep 4: Plot where each veggie will go.

Consider the following:

  • Sunlight—plant taller plants to the North so they do not shade the shorter plants.
  • Support—some plants like peas, cucumbers, and vine tomatoes will need a trellis. It’s best to put your trellis in a place where you can get to both sides of it, and where it won’t block your access to other plants.
  • Competing spaces–don’t plant vegetables next to each other that will be competing for the same space. For example, potatoes try to spread all over (or under!) so don’t put them next to onions or carrots.

Because I’m a little obsessive, I go a step farther and color code my plants by week. Here’s my finished 2010 gardening plan:

A Tool For Making Your Plan

If you have a hard time using Excel, you might try this garden planner–it is free for 30 days!

Happy gardening!


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