Issue 98 High-Value Produce for Square-Foot Gardens

Square-Foot Gardens

Want to grow your own fresh veggies and herbs in a square-foot garden? Follow these tips: Start with great soil, pick the right plants and use the space from spring through fall. And to save the most money, focus on raising high-value produce, or the ones that cost the most at the farmer’s market or grocery store. Here are some of the best choices for this type of garden that don’t take much room. Choose your favorites and get growing!
The best high-value produce to grow in a square-foot bed.
Plant Name Number Per Square Foot Start From Time to Plant in the Garden
Arugula 4 Sow seeds in garden Midsummer
Basil 1 Plant seeds or plants in garden Late spring
Broccoli 1 Plants Midspring
Chives 1 Plants Midspring
Cilantro 1 Plant seeds or plants in garden Midspring
Dill 1 Sow seeds in garden Midspring
Eggplant 1 Plants Late spring
Garlic 9 Bulbs Spring or late fall
Green bean, bush 2 Sow seeds in garden Late spring
Kale 1 Sow seeds in garden Early spring, midsummer
Lettuce 16 Sow seeds in garden Midspring, late summer
Mesclun Mix 9 Sow seeds in garden Midspring, late summer
Oregano 1 Start seeds early indoors or plants in garden Midspring
Parsley 1 Plant seeds or plants in garden Midspring
Pea 2 Sow seeds in garden Midspring
Pepper, sweet or hot 1 Start seeds early indoors or plants in garden Late spring
Radish 9 Sow seeds in garden Midspring, late summer
Sage 1 Plants Midspring
Spinach 9 Sow seeds in garden Midspring, late summer
Squash, summer 1 Sow seeds in garden Late spring
Swiss chard 4 Sow seeds in garden Midspring
Tomato 1 per 4 sq. ft. Start seeds early indoors or plants in garden Late spring
Turnip 9 Sow seeds in garden Midspring