When growing vegetables in raised garden beds using the Square Foot Gardening method, your beds will need to be sectioned off into one-foot sections called planting squares.
The spacing is such that when the vegetables are fully grown, their leaves just barely touch each other, creating a microclimate in which weed growth is suppressed and moisture is conserved. Raised beds produce a variety of benefits: they extend the planting season, they can reduce weeds if designed and planted properly, and they reduce the need to use poor native soil. Since the gardener does not walk on the raised beds, the soil is not compacted and the roots have an easier time growing.
Number of anchors per board: (Usable Length / Spacing for anchors) - 1. For my beds, I need 7 separators for each 8 foot board and 3 for each 4 foot board.
Urban gardening is now very popular these days because of food safety awareness, our financial economy, and because we want to be eco-friendly. Just because you only have a garden area that is very small does not mean you cannot use some small raised garden beds on a patio, deck, or back porch for some herbs, vegetables, flowers, or ornamental plants to enjoy.