Actually, there are many people love gardening because there are a lot of benefits they can get starting from harvesting fresh veggies to getting fresh air. They can live healthily as they eat fresh foods and breathe fresh air. Unfortunately, the common problem they face is an area to build the garden. They still think to do gardening; they need a large area to build the garden. Today, that should be not a problem anymore as there is a gardening method call SFG (Square Food Gardening) that is efficient and effective.
Square Foot Gardening (SFG) Method
SFG method is a clever gardening method that only uses a very small space but still grows greens you want. Just like the name, this method needs a small square space that contains 16 small squares (4 x 4). Each small square has 1-foot size or 30.48 cm. This method was found and developed by Mel Bartholomew years ago and in 2006, all new SFG methods were introduced.
By using a less space, this SFG method can be said as a smart gardening method. No wonder if many gardeners love this method so much as they don’t need large space, much time and effort. You can say, less effort big result. This method will save you more money, time and efforts. This is why you can call this SFG method is a very effective and efficient gardening method that can work in an urban environment too as you will not need ground to have a garden with this method.
How to Garden with SFG
To do gardening with SFG method, you will need;
- Boards to make the border or the large square that will be divided into 4 x 4 small square
- Assemble the boards using nails
- Lay a layer of mulch
- Add the fertilized soil or compost
- Add grid (you can use strips or strings)
If you have done those steps, then you are ready to do gardening with SFG method. Just remember the following tips;
- Select sunny area
- Put the garden in an area that is near with source of water
- Follow planting instructions on seeds pack
- Water only the root of the plant
- Each square, plant with different veggies
- For veggies in medium size, just plant only one for each square
- For beans, you can plant 4 each square
- For onions and carrots, you can plant 9 to 14 each square
You can read more other tips out there and you can also try Square Foot Gardening planner to try what veggies you will grow in this garden and how many numbers of veggies for each square. This is important as this garden method needs each square maximally used.
The thing that you need to remember is rotating the veggies family after harvesting. Planting the same veggie families in the same place will produce disease to the soil. So, if the first gardening you have cabbage families like broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower, then for the second gardening, you can change to tomato families like eggplant and tomato. Learn more about the veggie families and happy gardening!