Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Square Foot Gardening: Installing the Grid

Every box should have a grid so that you can easily plant each of your square feet. The grid will help you with spacing of the plants and help you keep track of what you've planted. It's also really satisfying to see how much you will grow in a single square foot.

Mel insists on a permanent and prominent grid and recommends wood lath or slat blinds as inexpensive options. The wood lath seemed like a lot of work and the blinds seemed too ramshackle for me. We used a box of small eyelet screws that we already owned and string to make the grid. It isn't perfect - it breaks down by the end of the summer and looks a little dingy by August, but it was free and pretty easy. You'll need to replace the string from year to year, but you can reuse the screws.

Instructions for installing your grid using string:

1. Assemble materials and tools. You'll need small eyelet screws - a box is under $5 at the hardware store - and string. You'll also need a drill with a small drill bit and a measuring tape.

2. Measure each side of the box, marking one-foot sections. Drill a small hole at each mark.

3. Screw the eyelet screws into the pre-drilled holes.

4. Tie string between the screws to make a grid.

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