Credit: FrugalDad

Square foot gardens have been around for years, and they’re basically what they sounds like: gardens built out of square wooden partitions.

So what’s the appeal? Well, if you have limited backyard space, this is a very organized and cool-looking way to grow vegetables.

Also the 1/3 soil, 1/3 compost, 1/3 vermiculite mix in the raised bed means you don’t have to deal with existing rocks and weeds. You start from scratch, and you can put one anywhere, even on concrete.

Frugal Dad a few years ago posted this really handy infographic with step-by-step instructions for building a square foot garden. Now that it’s prime planting time, I’m re-posting it here.

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Square Foot Gardening: How to Get Started for $50


Dan MacLeod

Dan MacLeod is the managing editor of the Bangor Daily News. He's an Orland native who moved to Portland in 2002 and now lives in Unity. He's been a journalist since 2008, and previously worked for the...