The idea of square foot gardening has become popular over the last few years and some of the underlying concepts of the this gardening technique make sense.
I was at an industry gardening show recently and spotted a plastic box for square foot gardening. I just started to laugh. What a silly idea!!!
Square Foot Gardening
To indulge in square foot gardening, all you need to do is divide your gardening bed into ‘imaginary’ 1 foot squares. You then plant the correct number of seeds or plants into each square foot area. You don’t need a square box. You don’t need little plastic strips to divide the surface into precise square foot sections.
It will probably surprise the manufacturers of this product that plant roots will just grow under their little plastic strips!
You don’t need a ‘plastic’ box for this type of gardening. If you want a raised bed, just bang some 2 x 8 wood boards together.
What is really sad about this product is that the gardener is probably growing vegetables because they believe in fresh product and in organically grown food. Then the manufacturer asks them to create an environmental problem by producing a plastic box. Plastic is not good for the environment, it does not compost, and most plastic leaches chemicals into the surrounding area ie your vegetables.
Don’t buy a product that you don’t need, and more importantly, don’t buy a plastic version of it!
1) Photo Source: Everyday food Storage