How would you like to…
Harvest sweet, juicy fruit from a tiny backyard
Enjoy mouth-watering home-grown vegetables all year-round
Harvest a jaw-dropping amount of food from a small space
Save hundreds of dollars on your grocery bill
Grow nutritious, organic food free from pesticides
Square Foot Gardening can make this possible!
You can create square foot garden beds in many sizes and shapes, but an easy-to-use size is 4 feet by 4 feet – a total of just 16 square feet. You can fit this size garden bed in the smallest backyard, and it is very easy to take care of. Sixteen square feet can produce 30-60 pounds of food in one year, with a value ranging from $30 to well over $100. I have occasionally raised nearly 100 pounds of vegetables in just one 4′ x 4′ bed in one year.
It is very easy to harvest fresh vegetables all year-round by using floating row covers or simple, inexpensive cold frames. Although growing plants in a greenhouse in February is a real joy, it is not necessary. Cold frames are much easier and far less expensive to build – usually less than $50 for a 4′ x 4′ bed. Depending on your climate, you can grow 10-20 types of winter vegetables. My average winter temperature drops as low as -5F, and I have successfully grown most of them.
A single semi-dwarf fruit tree can grow 10-15 feet high (as tall as your house!), and take up 300-400 square feet in your yard. In that same size area, you can grow a variety of fruit in small raised garden beds, with all berry plants and fruit trees kept less than 6 feet high. I grow eight types of fruit – grapes, blueberries, apples, pears, and more – in less than 350 square feet of bed space.
My name is Debra Graff, and I have gardened for over 30 years. I am passionate about growing most of my own fresh fruit and year-round vegetables, and I love teaching other people how they can do it, too. I have a degree in organic agriculture, taught vegetable gardening to Master Gardeners, and organic gardening at a local college. I have used many types of gardening methods over the years and, in my experience, square foot gardening is the easiest one to use and offers the most benefits. Read Why Use Square Foot Gardening? to learn more about why I now use this method after nearly 30 years of using other gardening methods.
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I hope you find this website useful, and that it helps you to have an affordable, enjoyable, and abundant garden. My gardening recommendations will be most helpful for gardens in zones 6-7 in eastern North America, as that is the area where I have the most experience. But you will also be able to apply much of this information in other zones and locations.
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Many gardeners, including myself, have made changes to the “official” square foot gardening method. I don’t always follow Mel’s original recommendations. If you would like to learn more about the official method, check out the website www.squarefootgardening.org or read Mel Bartholomew’s revised book: All New Square Foot Gardening, Second Edition: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More In Less Space.
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