Total number of anchors: Add the results of Step 2, and multiply by 2. In my example, (7+3) * 2 = 20 anchors.
our limitations will go as far as your imagination takes you and the area of space you have to work the garden. There are raised garden bed kits available for purchase at some nurseries, home and garden centers, or on-line.
Lastly, connect your anchors using a heavy-duty string or twine, creating a grid-like pattern of planting squares. You can see an example of the results of this process in my garden bed here: Square Foot Planting Squares.
Then, determine what you would like to use for the anchors. If you built your garden bed out of lumber, you could use nails as anchors, spacing each nail the appropriate distance as determined by the results of the calculation in Step 1 above. If your garden bed is made out of a composite material (part wood waste, part plastic), I recommend using an anchor placed on the outside of the bed. Since my beds are 6 inches high, I used 12 inch metal spikes I bought from the local hardware store, pounding them into the soil directly on the outside of the garden bed.