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Square Foot GardeningAround the Woodstock, GA area, many families only have a limited amount of outdoor space. Most of Autumn Hill Nursery’s customers live in neighborhoods with only a small front and backyard, but still want to grow their own produce. It is possible! With square foot gardening, you can feed your whole family fresh produce all spring and summer long!

What is Square Foot Gardening?

Some people think this means growing a garden in only one square foot of space – unfortunately, that’s not the case. The smallest successful garden you’re going to find takes up about 2.5 square feet of space.  Square foot gardening can take up as much or as little space as you have available. The practice sections off your garden beds into one foot square sections that allows you to utilize whatever amount of space you have to grow the most vegetables.

How to Start

Create your raised garden or designate your vegetable garden space. Section it off into 1’x1′ grids. Next, choose what plants you’d ideally like to grow. With this spacing chart, you will see how many of each plant you can grow in one 1’x’1 section. Make sure you fill your garden with plenty of compost since you’re packing in so many plants and they’ll need their nutrients. Also, keep companion planting in mind both to make sure you don’t inadvertently stunt some of your vegetables by planting the wrong ones together, and as a way to keep your garden pest free, organically!

When you’re ready to get started – or if you have more questions – call or come on by Autumn Hill Nursery in Canton or Woodstock, GA. We’ve got everything you need to get started – from veggies, to soil, to organic fertilizer. See you this weekend!

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