marking the sqaure foot

mildaMay 15, 2010

Not new to gardening, just trying to be more efficient with my 4 x 16 foot raised bed, 2-1/2 feet high. Bought and read the book and have soil that has been enhanced over at least a 7-year period (but will likely add lime for the tomatoes anyway). Has anyone else adapted this way? What other methods have YOU used to mark the square foot, and have they been effective for you?

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We bought some eight foot 2 x 4's and my husband used his table saw to cut them into 4' pieces then ripped those pieces into 1/2 inch strips which he then screwed together. (it was cheaper than buying the strips that Mel recommended.). Once he got the grids assembled he screwed them onto the boxes. When we worked the boxes this spring it was very easy to unscrew the grids from the boxes and rescrew them when we are done.

Here is a link that might be useful: LookMaNoWeeds

    Bookmark   May 16, 2010 at 1:34AM
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angela12345(7b NC Mixed-Humid)

Milda, check out the FAQ section ... the topic titled "What can I build my grids out of?" has Lots of ideas !! Anyone have any other ideas not already listed there ?

    Bookmark   May 17, 2010 at 10:01AM
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Well, don't laugh, but you use what you have available... and we had bamboo. First we tried putting the grids on top of the boards, but that just did not work well.

So we shortened the canes and dropped the grids inside, and it works great. The canes were cut when green with a 1.5 inch tree trimmer, laid in the pattern, and tied together with garden twine after the inside pattern was selected.

Canes can easily be lifted in fall or next winter and stored, and then reused. Best part - it was easy and free. If the twine rots, I don't care.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 9:22PM
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I used inexpensive twine which I fed thru small fence staples I pounded inside the beds just a bit above ground level. They really only last a season but it was inexpensive & worked for me.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2010 at 6:17PM
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