No power equipment is needed for Square Foot Gardening.  Instead of using one’s own poor soil, use a combination of peat moss, vermiculite and compost.  Build up (add a box) instead of digging down when growing plants with deep roots.

Successive plantings require only a small scoop of compost placed where plants have been harvested.

The only gardening tool needed is a hand trowel.

To save space, grow vertically by putting a trellis on the north side of the bed.

Extend the growing season by using plastic sheeting over PVC pipe or electrical conduit hoops.

Lowes has a 4×4 version for $44.98.  Or construct your own from new or scrap wood (not treated wood), or from masonry blocks.

Compared to a row garden, Mel claims his method uses 20% of the space, 10% of the water, 5% of the seeds and 2% of the work.  The initial material expense is offset by very little cost in subsequent years, when all that is needed is a little homemade compost in each square.





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