Square Foot Garden Planting Guide

The square-foot sowing template, Seeding Square, enables you to maximize growth in limited space. The concept is based on the famous gardening technique known as Square Foot Gardening, in which seeds are placed in particular locations inside a square foot, enabling sufficient space for each seed to mature without wasting space.

Simple to use, the template illustrates proper seed spacing with color-coded holes that correspond to a planting chart for 46 different vegetable varieties, allowing you to quickly determine where to plant seed (or seedlings). A graduated dibber (dibbler) with depth markers eliminates the guesswork associated with planting depth selection.

The dibber also doubles as a seed spoon, which can be used in conjunction with the supplied funnel to correctly drop tiny seeds. When you’re through seeding a square foot area, the impressions in the dirt enable you to align the template for the following square foot, allowing you to utilize it to plant your complete garden.

Due to the fact that each square foot is planted with a single variety of vegetable seeds and picked when mature, Seeding Square enables easy replanting and crop rotation for those wishing to improve their production even more!

What Size Is a Square-Foot Garden Bed?

A square-foot garden bed is a gardening technique that requires planting in small, square beds. The beds are typically 4 feet by 4 feet, and each individual square foot is divided into equal one-foot sections. This method of gardening allows the gardener to maximize their space and create a successful harvest

. It also helps to conserve water since the soil stays moist longer when it’s not disturbed. The size of each section can be adjusted depending on what you want to plant, but it is generally recommended to keep them at 12 inches square. Square-foot gardens are great for small yards or for people who don’t have much time for larger-scale gardening projects.

They are also ideal for urban settings where space is limited and more traditional gardens may not be feasible due to zoning restrictions or lack of natural light. With careful planning and preparation, any gardener can successfully create a thriving square-foot garden bed.


Plant your garden with ease and watch as the sprouts develop neatly. Gardeners can cultivate a great yield from a tiny garden by sowing seeds (and seedlings) in the appropriate amount of space.

Bonus: Increased spacing results in less exposed soil, which results in less water evaporation and a cheaper water cost. Using Seeding Squares arranges your garden beautifully and saves time weeding – since proper interval spacing between plants makes weeds easily visible, and optimal spacing leaves less room for weeds.

THREE EASY STEPS 1.) Firmly embed the Square in the soil.

2.) Use a needle to poke the color-coded holes.

3.) Directly sow your seeds. That’s it…just remember to water! Additionally, the 1″ sidewalls of Seeding Square leave an impression in the soil, forming a “garden grid” that assists you in aligning the next press, and the next… Yes, we considered everything!


As fellow gardeners, we ensured the durability of our garden spacing tool kit. Therefore, feel free to jump on it, wash it, and hang it as a work of art if you so like! Produced from high-quality ABS plastic, you’ll be planting for years to come. We hope you’ll share photos of your incredible garden with us using the hashtags #seedingsquare #growyourfood & #plantingday.

Precision spacing of each and every plant means good things for you!

  1. Perfectly organized plants
  2. Weeds are super easy to spot
  3. Less room for weeds means less weeding for you
  4. Less water is needed (less exposed soil = less evaporation)
  5. Get 2-5 times the yield (compared to traditional row gardening)

Let’s sum that up…Using Seeding Square on planting day saves you time and money through the entire growing season, and gets you a lot more vegetables at the end of the day!

Excellent for all ages and skill levels… and for gardens of any size!

If you want to cultivate vegetables in your garden, this is the equipment for you! From novices to seasoned professionals, Seeding Square is the instrument that correctly places seeds and seedlings. Excellent for gardens of all shapes and sizes, including:

garden in the backyard

garden in the classroom

plot for community gardens

garden crates

raised beds for gardens

Pro tip: if you have a larger garden, we recommend purchasing a second Square so you may “jump frog” them as you go.

Square Foot Garden Planting Guide-All New Square Foot Gardening, 3rd Edition

This revised third edition of North America’s best-selling gardening book continues to excite readers with planting charts, growing recommendations, and the know-how necessary to raise more vegetables than ever before.

Since Mel Bartholomew invented Square Foot Gardening in 1981, this groundbreaking method of vegetable gardening has enabled millions of home gardeners to raise their own organic, fresh produce in less space and with less effort than typical row gardens.

Both novice and experienced gardeners will appreciate the charts, photographs, illustrations, and how-to instructions in All New Square Foot Gardening, 3rd Edition—which includes 42 vegetable-specific planting, growing, and harvesting guides—that make growing your own food enjoyable, easy, and productive.

Ideal for both experienced and novice gardeners, this book will teach you the three simple stages of Square Foot Gardening: Create a box; fill it with Mel’s MixTM and finish with a grid.

There is no digging, tilling, fertilizing, or guesswork involved—which means less irrigation, waste, and weeds! There is much more in this 272-page instructional book—inspire your organic vegetable production with amazing how-tos such as:

By adding trellises and archways, you can allow your plants to expand and maximize your area.

Automated irrigation systems

Vegetable cultivation in densely populated metropolitan areas with little or no yard

Mel’s MixTM is an organic method to feed your vegetables.

STEM education for children using Square Foot Gardening—ideal for small hands

Providing shade and frost protection for your plants

Using natural methods to control pests in the garden

Join the millions of gardeners worldwide who use Square Foot Gardening to raise their own organic, fresh produce and make next season your best veggie harvest yet.

What can you plant in a square-foot garden?

A square-foot garden is an efficient and effective way to grow a variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers in a limited space. This type of gardening utilizes a four-by-four-foot raised bed divided into one-foot sections which makes it easy to rotate crops seasonally and monitor soil health.

Plant selection depends on your climate and the amount of sunlight the area receives. Some popular choices include tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, eggplant, beans, radishes, and carrots. Herbs such as oregano, thyme, and basil do well in this type of garden too.

Flowers can be planted to attract beneficial insects or just for enjoyment. Marigolds are often used as companion plants because they help deter pests from attacking other plants nearby. With careful consideration of what you plant, a square-foot garden can produce an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables all season long!

How deep should a square foot garden be?

A square-foot garden should typically be 6-8 inches deep. This depth allows for a range of different types of plants to be grown, while also providing enough soil and space for roots to grow. It is important to make sure the soil is well-drained, as too much water can lead to root rot.

The topsoil should also be loose and fluffy, as this will provide good aeration for the plants. Additionally, it’s best to mix in some organic material such as compost or manure which will help retain moisture and provide valuable nutrients.

When preparing the soil for your square-foot garden, make sure it is not packed down too tight as this will restrict oxygen from getting to the roots and limit growth.