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Square Foot Gardening (SFG) has everyone's attention in this economy. If you're looking to harvest an abundance of vegetables for your family to eat, freeze, dry or preserve, you'll find Square Foot Gardens to be today's answer to yesteryear's Victory Gardens.
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In 1981, Mel Bartholomew, a retired engineer, established a new technique of gardening, commonly named the "Square Foot Garden". He made a simple suggestion: plant vegetable gardens in square feet instead of rows. The logic behind using smaller garden beds is that they are easily modified and the gardener can reach the entire area without stepping on the soil.

The SFG space is divided into beds that are easily accessed from every side of the garden, making gardening simple, convenient and accessible.
The square foot garden can be employed successfully in virtually any climate or environment and saves so much space that even a city-dweller can maintain a high yield urban garden. In fact, you get the most intensive garden yield per square foot in 1/5 the space required by conventional row gardens.

Harvests per foot of garden are enhanced due to a rich soil mixture, well spaced plants, and a lack of weeds. By eliminating the usual space between rows of crops, the crops themselves shade and crowd out most weeds, and by replenishing the boxes each spring with compost, the need for tilling or plowing is eliminated.
The soil mixture that is suggested delivers excellent water holding capabilities so that the garden requires watering less often, and in much lower amounts than when employing traditional gardening techniques.

Companion planting in square foot gardens reduces the need for herbicides and pesticides because pest-repelling plants can be strategically positioned in the garden boxes. Visit the links below to learn more about square foot gardening and enjoy your new high yield bounty!

Is A Vegetable Garden Worth The Time? Absolutely!
Fresh vegetables on the table every day is not only important for your family's health, it's also a big help in keeping your grocery budget in line. If the perpetual raising prices of fresh vegetables have got you reeling then you're in for a treat when you realize just how easy it is to grow your own vegetables.
Ripe Juicy Tomatoes - The Jewel Of The Home Gardener
Ripe succulent red tomatoes are the treasure of the garden for most great gardeners and they're not that hard to grow, even from seeds.
Once you've tasted a fresh garden tomato, you'll be hard pressed to ever go back to the store-bought tomatoes you have been buying in the past.
The Benefits Of Raised Bed / No Dig Gardens
The advantages of a raised bed or no-dig garden are numerous.
The raised bed garden provides soil that is less compacted and less susceptible to compacting as time goes on because you don't walk on it.

Tips and Tricks For Your First Vegetable Garden
With a few simple tips and tricks your first attempt at vegetable gardening should be a resounding success and a start to many years of daily fresh vegetables.
Earthworms: A Gardeners Best Friends
Worms are so beneficial to the garden that many gardeners buy worms to add to their soil. Nearly the same result can be achieved by simply turning compost into the soil to give the worms something to eat. 
Soil pH: Not To Be Overlooked
The reason people test their soil is because most plants grow their best when the pH level of the garden soil tests between 6 and 7. You want to have soil where the plants are happiest and able to produce.