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Square Foot Gardening Plant Spacing

Updated on July 26, 2013
The Beginnings of a No-till, Square Foot Garden
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Square foot gardening has made it possible for us to get large harvest over a small amount of land. It works excellently with heavy mulch and no-till methods. I love this method and suggest it to every gardener I meet! One bit of advice, when doing corn, I liked to walk through the patch and give it a gentle whack with a broom handle. This helped to evenly pollinate the plants. Good luck!!


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Spacing for Square Foot Gardening


Always remember to leave about a one foot path between each 4 square feet of plantings. You need to be able to reach into the center of each planting area, from any one side. Even a small trail will be suitable, just make sure you can get in between blocks to weeds and do various garden chores.

You may want to add less or more of these plants per square foot. Make this garden plan work for you. I really packed mine in there and everything did awesomely.

When I grew my collards and leaf lettuces, I broadcast them thickly and didn't bother with spacing. They grew lush and pretty weedless.


Remember to mulch heavily!


Carrots - 16 per square foot

Corn - 4 per square foot

Lettuce - 4 per square foot

Squash - 1 per square foot

Okra - 1 per square foot

Potatoes - 1 per square foot

Cucumbers - 2 per square foot

Broccoli - 1 per square foot

Cauliflower - 1 per square foot

Radish - 16 per square foot

Spinach - per square foot

Beans - per square foot

Kale - 1-4 per square foot

Collards - 4 per square foot

Tomatoes - Vining, trellised, 4 per square foot. Bush, 1 per 2' x 2' plot

Melons - Charentais type, trellised, 2 per square foot

Beets - 16 per square foot

Watermelons - bush 1 per square foot, vining, 2 per square foot, all trellised

Scallions - 36 per square foot

Peppers - 1 per square foot

Peas, trellised - 8 per square foot

Onions - 16 per square foot

Chard - 16 per square foot


Growing your plants with this method does make for less work, time, and resources than traditional gardening.


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    • IsadoraPandora profile imageAUTHOR

      Jocelyn 

      6 years ago from Florida, PCB

      You're welcome! I will be adding to it as the season progresses.

    • alipuckett profile image

      alipuckett 

      6 years ago

      Ooh! This is a really helpful list for garden spacing. Last year, I got a little overzealous and things got crowded. Thanks for posting these guidelines!

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