Sunnyside Gift Cards

Give the gift of Sunnyside!

A great gift for anyone on your list

menu dropdown icon
Fall Custom Container in Metal Trough

Patio arrangements are our specialty! Sunnyside is known for color, come see for yourself.

Bee Balm

Monarda or Bee Balm is a great late summer perennial bloomer.

Rudbeckia flowers

Black Eyed Susans are the plant of the season!  Enjoy them as cut flowers or in a mass display in your garden.

Crassula capitella 'Red Dragon'

Hundreds of succulents in store.  Choose from individual pots or custom arrangements.

Square Foot Gardening

Posted by on May 8th 2017 in

SquareFootGardening-How-To_640x480

Square foot gardening is a method of planning and organizing a raised vegetable garden by dividing it into small squares. This practice is great for intensively planting to grow a highly productive crop garden in small spaces. Square foot gardening was invented by Mel Bartholomew, a backyard gardener who introduced the idea in his book Square Foot Gardening.

Benefits of Square Foot Gardening

  1. No wasted space.
  2. Soil stays loose because you don’t need to walk on it.
  3. Productive use of small spaces.
  4. Fast and easy to set up.
  5. Can build or place it anywhere.
  6. Not a lot of maintenance required.
  7. Minimal weeding.

How to Set Up a Square Foot Garden

The lattice can be created with twine tied onto nails, thin boards, or just about anything else you can think of. Vegetable seeds are planted at a density based on plant size in each square. Each square contains one type of plant, though you may have several plants within each square. For example, you could put one potato plant in one square and nine beets in the next. The number of plants per square is determined by each plant’s required plant spacing. This information can be found on the seer 1’x1’ squared packet, plant label, or online. Plants that require more than 12” plant spacing can utilize more than one square.

Square Foot Gardening Calculations

  • 3” plant spacing = 16 plants per square foot
  • 4” plant spacing = 9 plants per square foot
  • 6” plant spacing = 4 plants per square foot
  • 12” plant spacing = 1 plant per square foot

Tips for Square Foot Gardening

  1. Choose the right location. Make sure your garden is getting enough sun.
  2. Put your garden near your source of water to make it easier to hydrate it.
  3. Use good, fertile soil and add a layer of mulch.
  4. Be sure to follow all planting instructions on seed packets.
  5. Water and weed! Keep your garden maintained to have the most success.

Share This Article:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Map to Sunnyside Gardens

3723 W 44th St
Minneapolis, MN 55410
(612) 926-2654

Get Directions

Hours
Monday-Saturday 9am-7pm
Sunday 9am-6pm

Contact A
Gardener

image of gardening supplies

Schedule time with one of our experts to plan out your next landscaping project!

Ask A Question