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Thursday, May 9, 2013

How to Make Simple Square Foot Gardening Templates

backside of template with holes drilled
I am just about ready to start planting my square foot garden. Until now I have used string and sticks to mark things, but then I got an idea of how I could easily make some templates from old plastic election signs. The material was easy to cut with a knife and a permanent marker would help with the design.

At first I thought that I would need a whole bunch of templates, but as I got going I realized that I could actually get away with only 2 templates.


  • First cut 2 12x12 inch pieces from the plastic signs
  • Draw a grid: 
    • template 1: 3 rows and 3 columns
    • template 2: 4 rows and 4 columns
  • Mark the center of each square of the grid by drawing diagonal lines
  • Use the electric drill and a ½" drill bit and drill a hole at each center point.

Template 1


Template 1

  • Grid of 3 row and 3 columns (9 plants - holes circled in blue)
  • This can also be used for 1 plant per square foot (hole circled in black and then blue)





Template 2

Template 2
  • This one is truly a multi-use template
  • Grid 4 rows and 4 columns (16 plants - holes circled in blue)
  • Grid 2 rows and 2 columns (4 plants - holes circled in black)
  • This can also be used for 1 plant per square foot (hole circled in black and then blue)


  • I also created a template with just strips from the plastic sign.
  •  I used gardening wire to attache the strips to each other. On the back picture I twisted the wires together and tucked the ends underneath.
  • This template can be used the same way as template 2.
front
back

Let me know if you found this information helpful and write a comment.

6 comments:

Square Foot Gardener said...

A great idea, however just seen this site where you can buy them!!! plantspacer.co.uk

Square Foot Gardener said...

A great idea, however just seen this site where you can buy them!!! plantspacer.co.uk

Square Foot Gardener said...
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Trinity303 said...

Awesome! Going to try square foot gardening this year. Planned it all out and I'd rather male my own template than buy one so I appreciate the tip!

Bill said...

I love your idea with the strips at the bottom. I hadn't though of that and I can use leftover plastic/wood trim.

Marlies Cohen said...

You are welcome. I love to share my low cost ideas