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How to Practice Square Foot Gardening

Watch more Gardening Tips videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Use these tips when practicing square foot gardening. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Choose a layout Choose a layout that does not require you to walk on the beds; 4-by-4-foot beds are a good choice. Tip Allow adequate spacing for walkways -- 3-foot aisles work well. Step 2: Build or purchase frames Build or purchase garden box frames. They can be made of practically any material, but don't use wood that has been chemically treated. The boxes should be from 6 to 8 inches high. Step 3: Fill the boxes with soil Fill the boxes with amended soil. A soil mixture of one-third compost, one-third peat moss, and one-third vermiculite is recommended for square foot gardening. Step 4: Construct grids Construct grids of 1-foot-square segments as overlays for your beds. You can use wood or plastic strips fastened together by screws or rivets for the grids. Step 5: Plant seeds Make holes in the soil with your finger and plant seeds in the grids. Tip Plant a different type of seed in each square foot segment. Check the recommended spacings on the back of seed packets for planting densities. If a plant requires a larger growing space, use more than 1 square foot segment. Step 6: Water Water seedlings with sun-warmed water. Step 7: Add compost Add some compost to the soil each time you harvest. Then replant with a different crop. Now you've mastered the happy art of square foot gardening. Did You Know? The first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska.
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