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What are some of the benefits of Square Foot?
Watering
The systems are designed for efficiency.
In a drought prone area such as ours, it has never made more sense to use the garden beds offered by our company.
The soil is a special blend that contains vermiculite.
This natural ingredient retains moisture and nutrients acting as a time-release agent if you will, to help maintain the soil with less effort.
Square Foot gardening is a great way to provide chemical free food, ready for consumption.
In addition to soil structure, watering techniques must, of course, be based on the requirements of the plants themselves. Some crops grow best with a constant, even supply of moisture. These include all root, leaf and head crops. Such plants develop fairly shallow roots which depend heavily on a constant soil moisture close to the surfaceIn addition to soil structure, watering techniques must, of course, be based on the requirements of the plants themselves. Some crops grow best with a constant, even supply of moisture. These include all root, leaf and head crops. Such plants develop fairly shallow roots which depend heavily on a constant soil moisture close to the surface.

In contrast, fruit or seed crops (such as tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, corn, beans, squash and melons) like to send roots deeper into the ground so grow best with deep, but less frequent, watering. When these plants receive too much water, too often, they refuse to produce a good fruit crop, but instead grow lots of leaves and bushy tops. Remember, when there is a shortage of moisture, plants tend to flower and go to seed. As long as they have strong roots, plants won’t lack for some moisture, and won’t wilt and die.

Another consideration for the amount and frequency of watering is the age of the plant. Newly planted seeds require constant moisture right at the soil surface to germinate, so it’s necessary to sprinkle them daily, sometimes more often if it’s very hot, sunny and windy. When the seeds sprout, they must have moisture at the root level as well.

Young transplants also need a constant supply of moisture because they are undergoing a transplanting shock when moved, but you must be careful not to give them too much. The combination of just the right amount of moisture and the ideal growing conditions leads to a well-established transplant. Shading is important, too, for a young transplant, particularly on hot sunny days.

Some Watering Tips to Remember

Don’t water from overhead, instead water right around the stem
Keep a bucket or two full of water in a sunny spot to have warm water always ready for the plants (use a white bucket so water doesn’t get too hot)
Spray or mist newly planted seeds daily, or twice a day if necessary, to keep the soil moist
Plant each plant in a shallow depression to conserve water
Water immediately after transplanting
With the cup and bucket method, time of day to water is not so important. If you have a choice, water in the morning.

Placement
The garden boxes can be placed nearly anywhere....even on concrete or a patio or deck.
The size of the boxes makes them easy to access and reach all the plants easily.
Replanting your next crop is easy...planning is easier when you can think of a square foot at a time as opposed to thinking in rows. This method grows on you...parden the pun.