Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]
applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help! Toplef10applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help! 1zd3ho10

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.

applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help! I22gcj10applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help! 14dhcg10

[/td][/tr][/table]

Join the forum, it's quick and easy

Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]
applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help! Toplef10applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help! 1zd3ho10

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.

applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help! I22gcj10applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help! 14dhcg10

[/td][/tr][/table]
Square Foot Gardening Forum
Would you like to react to this message? Create an account in a few clicks or log in to continue.
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» What do I do with tomato plants?
by SMEDLEY BUTLER Today at 7:16 pm

» N & C Midwest—May 2024
by OhioGardener Today at 7:14 pm

» Ohio Gardener's Greenhouse
by OhioGardener Today at 7:02 pm

» What Have You Picked From Your Garden Today
by OhioGardener Yesterday at 4:09 pm

» Compost not hot
by OhioGardener Yesterday at 8:05 am

» First timer in Central Virginia (7b) - newly built beds 2024
by flossy21 5/16/2024, 5:34 pm

» Help me correct my mistakes for next year please
by SMEDLEY BUTLER 5/16/2024, 4:46 pm

» Cabbage worms
by sanderson 5/16/2024, 1:34 am

» Complicated mixed up bunny poop!
by plantoid 5/14/2024, 7:20 pm

» They don't call 'em garden BEDS for nothing.
by sanderson 5/12/2024, 2:34 am

» Spring Flowers
by OhioGardener 5/9/2024, 12:02 pm

» Birds of the Garden
by OhioGardener 5/7/2024, 8:26 pm

» Greetings from Southport NC
by sanderson 5/6/2024, 4:36 am

» In the news: Biosolids in Texas.
by sanderson 5/6/2024, 4:19 am

» Rhubarb Rhubarb
by Scorpio Rising 5/5/2024, 7:57 pm

» Mark's first SFG
by markqz 5/4/2024, 12:08 am

» question about the digital tools from the sfg site.
by OhioGardener 5/2/2024, 4:50 pm

» Assistance Needed: Sugar Snap Peas Yellowing and Wilting
by Scorpio Rising 5/1/2024, 8:24 pm

» OMG, GMO from an unexpected place.
by sanderson 5/1/2024, 1:57 am

» N & C Midwest: March and April 2024
by Scorpio Rising 4/29/2024, 1:30 pm

» Lovage, has anyone grown, or used
by OhioGardener 4/29/2024, 12:27 pm

» New to SFG in Arlington, Tx
by sanderson 4/26/2024, 3:13 pm

» Soil Blocks: Tutorial In Photos
by OhioGardener 4/25/2024, 5:20 pm

» Manure tea overwintered outside - is it safe to use?
by Mhpoole 4/24/2024, 7:08 pm

» Advice on my blend
by donnainzone5 4/24/2024, 12:13 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by OhioGardener 4/24/2024, 8:16 am

» Kiwi's SFG Adventure
by sanderson 4/22/2024, 2:07 pm

» Sacrificial Tomatoes
by SMEDLEY BUTLER 4/22/2024, 10:36 am

» From the Admin - 4th EDITION of All New Square Foot Gardening is in Progress
by sanderson 4/21/2024, 5:02 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by AtlantaMarie 4/21/2024, 6:56 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help!

+2
Kelejan
ittehbittehkitteh
6 posters

Go down

applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help! Empty applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help!

Post  ittehbittehkitteh 7/17/2017, 6:39 pm

Just to clarify, I'm not using a 4' x 4' box/raised bed; I don't have one, nor can I afford one at the time.  Even if I could afford a 4' x 4' raised bed, I wouldn't be able to afford filling the the box/raised bed.

Although I'm not using the 4' x 4' raised bed itself, I'm doing container gardening, and using the planting guidelines Mel suggests (4" plant spacing=9 plants per square foot; 3" spacing=16 per square foot; 12"  plant spacing=1 plant per square foot; 6" spacing=4 per square foot).

Somebody said I can figure out the square footage of my containers by multiplying the length x width of the container and dividing that by 144 and you will get the square footage of your container (you use 144 since a 1' x 1' square is the equivalent of 12" x 12" and 12 x 12=144)

I'll list an example of this below with one of my containers....

23 x 16=368; 368 divided by 144=2.5 square feet.

However what I'm confused about is how many 1' x 1' squares can I put for the container size I listed?  It is 58 quarts, which is the equivalent of 14.5 gallons.
ittehbittehkitteh
ittehbittehkitteh

Posts : 4
Join date : 2017-07-17
Location : Michigan

Back to top Go down

applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help! Empty Re: applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help!

Post  Kelejan 7/17/2017, 6:46 pm

glad you\'re here ittehbittehkitteh  happy hi

from Kelejan :canada: in British Columbia.

A good idea basing your planting on the SFG spacing in your containers. Remember to make sure they are well watered and that you use some good compost.
Kelejan
Kelejan

Female Posts : 6016
Join date : 2011-04-24
Age : 89
Location : Castlegar, British Columbia

http://www.castlegarinkspot.ca

Back to top Go down

applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help! Empty Re: applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help!

Post  ittehbittehkitteh 7/17/2017, 6:51 pm

Yes thank you for your kudos and replying to my post so quickly.  Unfortunately I still have no idea how many squares to use for the container size I listed with the dimensions I listed.  As I said it's a 14.5 gallon container and the dimensions of it are 23" x 16".  I am confused with how many 1' x 1' squares I could put in this container; can you please help with this?
ittehbittehkitteh
ittehbittehkitteh

Posts : 4
Join date : 2017-07-17
Location : Michigan

Back to top Go down

applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help! Empty Re: applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help!

Post  yolos 7/17/2017, 7:36 pm

ittehbittehkitteh wrote:Just to clarify, I'm not using a 4' x 4' box/raised bed; I don't have one, nor can I afford one at the time.  Even if I could afford a 4' x 4' raised bed, I wouldn't be able to afford filling the the box/raised bed.

Although I'm not using the 4' x 4' raised bed itself, I'm doing container gardening, and using the planting guidelines Mel suggests (4" plant spacing=9 plants per square foot; 3" spacing=16 per square foot; 12"  plant spacing=1 plant per square foot; 6" spacing=4 per square foot).

Somebody said I can figure out the square footage of my containers by multiplying the length x width of the container and dividing that by 144 and you will get the square footage of your container (you use 144 since a 1' x 1' square is the equivalent of 12" x 12" and 12 x 12=144)

I'll list an example of this below with one of my containers....

23 x 16=368; 368 divided by 144=2.5 square feet.

However what I'm confused about is how many 1' x 1' squares can I put for the container size I listed?  It is 58 quarts, which is the equivalent of 14.5 gallons.
Okay, I will try to give this consideration but I am not fully sure I know how to verbalize this.  You are correct, you have 2.5 square feet in that container that is 23 x 16.  The surface area is what determines the spacing.  It does not matter how deep the container is.  For instance, some on the forum use 6" deep beds and some use 12" deep beds (or somewhere in between.  The depth does not matter.  If it was important then we would be doing cubic feet and not square feet gardening.  In these situations it is the surface area.  ie - 1 square foot - if 4" spacing then nine per square foot no matter whether the depth is 6" or 12".  

So in your 23 x 16 container, you have 2.5 square foot - using 4 inch spacing -
1 square foot = 9 plants
1 square foot = 9 plants
1/2 sq foot = 4 or 5 plants
Therefore - you could put 9 + 9 + 4.5 plants = 22 or 23 plants.
yolos
yolos

Female Posts : 4152
Join date : 2011-11-20
Age : 74
Location : Brooks, Ga Zone 7B/8A

Back to top Go down

applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help! Empty Re: applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help!

Post  DorothyG 7/17/2017, 7:40 pm

ittehbittehkitteh wrote: As I said it's a 14.5 gallon container and the dimensions of it are 23" x 16".  I am confused with how many 1' x 1' squares I could put in this container; can you please help with this?
Is this a round container?  If so then the mouth of it, the opening, is either 23" or 16".  The other measurement would be the height of the container.  If it is round, then use only the measurement for the top of it.  At this point the height doesn't come into play.  Either way, whether it is 23" at the opening or 16" at the opening, you will only get, at the most, one square foot.  Hope this helps some.
DorothyG
DorothyG

Female Posts : 89
Join date : 2014-02-24
Location : Zone 5A, central, MO

Back to top Go down

applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help! Empty Re: applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help!

Post  sanderson 7/18/2017, 3:02 pm

Kitteh, I concur with Yolos. You only need 6" of Mel's Mix made with quality composts. If you want the fill higher, use a clean fill on the bottom, like washed, weed-free sand, place some weed fabric on the fill, then add the Mel's Mix.

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
sanderson
sanderson

Forum Administrator

Female Posts : 21562
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 75
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

https://connect.xfinity.com/appsuite/#!!&app=io.ox/mail&

Back to top Go down

applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help! Empty Re: applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help!

Post  Kelejan 7/19/2017, 4:35 pm

I think the depth does matter as the deeper it is the more water it can hold so would not dry out as quickly as a more shallow container. Very Happy
Kelejan
Kelejan

Female Posts : 6016
Join date : 2011-04-24
Age : 89
Location : Castlegar, British Columbia

http://www.castlegarinkspot.ca

Back to top Go down

applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help! Empty Re: applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help!

Post  CapeCoddess 7/19/2017, 4:50 pm

23"x 16"
I would fudge it a bit and call it 2 sq ft with an extra row across the top to add more or different seed to. Wink
CapeCoddess
CapeCoddess

Posts : 6824
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 68
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

Back to top Go down

applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help! Empty Re: applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help!

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum