How much does 1 square of spinach produce in…..

a square foot garden? This will give you an idea. I’ve already harvested this once for several family spinach salads. Now it’s time to cut it again for the second pass. This is just in one square! You will notice how tight and full the space is-which is one of the main reasons why we don’t have any weeding issues in a square foot garden. There is no room for weeds to get a foothold. Here in northern Utah, it’s time to plant corn. Corn should be planted 4 per square. It’s always a good idea to space it out a little bit. Realizing you’re going to get at least one good ear from each stalk, if you plant 4-1 foot squares, that’s going to give you at least 16 ears of corn. If you planted an entire 4X4 square foot garden at once with corn you would get 64 ears at the same time. You’ll want to stretch it out if you can. I will plant my second group of 4 squares in a week. Since I use an entire 4X4 box I will be planting corn for 4 weeks. That way I don’t get the all at once harvest. Then all you do is water and sit back and watch it grow. “Knee-high by 4th of July” is the quote we hear often. And it’s a pretty good gauge. In a couple of weeks it’s Mother’s Day and that’s the time to really start packing things in your square foot garden….

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7 thoughts on “How much does 1 square of spinach produce in…..

  • by Gonzalo Paternoster

    Hi Jim!

    Fast question. I just got back from Florida and got my brother into SFG. When he went to the nursery to buy some compost, the worker told him he will not be able to have a garden because he has a screened patio. She said because bees will not be able to pollinate his plants he can not have a garden. Does this make sense? Please advise.


    • by Jim This is post author

      Well, it makes some sense for some things. It’s been estimated that a third of all we eat is directly or indirectly dependent on pollination by honeybees. Certainly things like squash, watermelon, cantalope, apples and oranges will need pollinators. But it’s not correct to say you can’t have a garden if you don’t have pollinators. Lettuces of all varieties, onions, swiss chard, spinach, radishes and all your produce type of things don’t need pollination. I’m not certain about tomatoes, beans or broccoli. Let me do some more hunting around on this one. Is it a totally screened in patio? Sometimes we forget that there are more pollinators than just honeybees, although they are the most efficient and prolific. Beatles, butterflies, and even the wind act as pollinators….

  • by Bruce Mullenix

    Thanks for all the updates, I have learned one thing while being a novice in SFG, that is I need to plan and plant earlier. I planted on the 9th of April and my carrots are just up. But I will count this year as a learning experience and next year I will start things indoors much sooner. I have all 16 squares up and my peas are about 4-5″ tall, thanks so much for all the “ninja secrets” and they sure work. I cannot wait for next year when I have even more SFG’s to plant and tend. I did find several morning glory plants coming up in my squares….any advice on getting rid of them permanently?

    • by Jim This is post author

      Oh man, morning glory!? That’s a tough one. I don’t have any answers for that Bruce. I’ve never had it so I can’t give you any good advice. You’re going to learn pretty much all the ninja secrets on the final workshop. We should probably call this SFG 301 for some of the advanced things we will be doing. You’ll have it all when you leave this one. I’m glad that everything is up and growing in your SFG. You’re right though-this is a learning year for you. But, you’re going to learn so much that come next year you’ll be an expert. See how easy it is to grow you own great veggies and salad greens? And, no weeding or hard work! Talk to you soon…

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