Square Foot Gardening FAQs Answered

Mel Bartholomew and Patti Moreno (the Garden Girl) answer some commonly asked questions about square foot vegetable gardening. Like for instance, what kind of wood should you make your garden boxes out of? Answer: Anything that’s free. If you happen upon a construction site with dumpsters containing scrap pine lumber (don’t use pressure treated), first get the foreman’s permission, then take anything that’s the right size for your uses. Cedar, if you’re lucky enough to find it, will last almost forever because it has natural resins in it that resist insects eating it that pine doesn’t. You can also use synthetic lumber made from wood pulp and recycled plastic bottles. It’s normally used for decking, and it lasts (practically) forever.

There’s a soil mixture called, not surprisingly, Mel’s Mix, which is 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite, and 1/3 compost, which soaks up and holds water very well. You have to set in a weed cloth inside the bottom of the box to suppress any weeds coming up through the soil in the garden. Make sure you use deck screws to hold your box together too. Use at least three screws per corner). Watch the video for even more information.

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