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Best SFG size for 200 square foot space

Posted by jwaterski (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 14, 14 at 14:26

I have a space that's 20 feet by 10 feet and I plan to build a few square foot boxes in that space. I am new to SFG so I was wondering what would be the ideal size SFG to work with? I was thinking maybe a few 4X4 boxes... or would a few 8X2 be better? Thanks!

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RE: Best SFG size for 200 square foot space

I would make two 4x20' boxes with a 2' path down the middle. 200 square feet isn't alot so you'll want to maximize bed area versus paths. Making 20' long boxes is more problematic, but I would be trying hard to not waste planting space. This is assuming that if you do this you will still have access to the outside edges, but I don't really know that. If you don't, then you would have to do all of the bed maintenance from the center, which you may or may not find acceptable.

RE: Best SFG size for 200 square foot space

With my beds I found I can capitalize on the aisle between the beds. My garden gets a lot of light though and I am not doing that "across the board" ....last bed has a piece of goat fence over the top and has small watermelons--but it would work for butternuts etc. I am doing more trellising as I go along....still have to be careful about light.

We built beds that are 3 x 8 inside - I know 4 is recommended but we used plans. Came up with the tops ourselves and they are giving all kinds of possibilities for trellising, and covering (like using shade cloth). I have had more sun than I bargained for and found on really hot days hanging shade cloth over some of the plants is not a bad thing.

Honestly, we made our aisles big enough for a garden cart but I think they are wider than we needed and we could have gained some space by tightening up. 2 feet makes sense. figure out how much you need to comfortably access the inside of the bed.


RE: Best SFG size for 200 square foot space

jocoyn your garden looks beautiful!

What plans did you high are your beds and materials used?

More pictures please?

RE: Best SFG size for 200 square foot space

3' is a good width, IMO. I can't really get to the middle of a 4' bed, and I'm too old and rickety to be trying to balance on a 2x6 or 2x8 "bridge" to get in there.

When I was younger I thought an 18" path between beds was plenty. I have a new outlook these days though, LOL!

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