Megan asked why the garden beds "should be true square feet". A good question.
is a home gardening system by Mel Bartholomew based on planting home
crops by square feet. Generally, I have used it. It works by rotating
crops through square feet, never letting any space be unused. It
works, but you have to keep at it. A square foot of radishes, a square
foot of carrots, etc. You learn the best spacing for crops. 16
radishes per square foot, 9 carrots, etc. It does make easy planting.
As I understand it, it is an adaptation of French Intensive Row
I try to keep at it, but it takes planning.
Still, I want my framed beds to be in true square feet of interior
size. The interior size is the problem. The boards you use to make the
framed bed take up some space. So you have to use boards that are
longer by their thickness.
It isn't TOO complicated.
To make a 4'x4' soil framed bed, you need boards that are 4' 1.5 inches
on all sides because the boards are 1.5" thick. If you just use exactly
4' boards, some of the last squares are 12"'x9" (12" -[1.5"x2]).
in my framed bed plans, I have to make the the framed boards a few
inches larger than the square feet. An 8'x4' bed actually has to have
boards 8' 3" and 4' 3". It makes the details a bit insane!
there are some shortcuts. If there are 4 beds (8 boards total), then
that takes 12" of space (8*1.5"). If I didn't take that in to account,
then the paths between the beds would be too small for my 24" wide
Properly arranged, my beds allow my
wheelbarrow. An inch wrong, it doesn't. So, my constructed beds must
have outside dimensions larger than the true square feet inside but
allow the wheelbarrow just barely.
I hope that all makes sense.
And Megan, you sent me your email once but I lost it, Would you send it again? cavebear2118 AT verizon DOT net...