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9 Square Foot Garden Planner Templates [Free Printable]

Our square foot garden planner includes nine printable templates. They’re all free, and no email is required.

What’s the best part of using our templates? They make planning your square foot garden super easy and lots of fun.

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What is square foot gardening?

Square foot gardening is a simple and popular technique for getting the most out of small garden spaces. Mel Bartholomew, who created the idea, realized that he could get larger yields in smaller spaces by planting in square foot blocks instead of rows.

A retired engineer and backyard gardener, Bartholomew first described his square foot gardening system in his 1981 book Square Foot Gardening: A New Way to Garden in Less Space with Less Work.

Why use the square foot garden method?

This popular gardening method has several advantages:

  • It doesn’t require a lot of space.
  • You can plant many plants in a small area.
  • You can grow a different plant in each square.
  • You can produce a large harvest within a small space.
  • There is no need for paths, which maximizes growing space.
  • The densely planted beds means you’ll have less weeding to do.

How is a square foot garden laid out?

A square foot garden bed is laid out in one-foot squares. The most common size square foot garden is 4 feet by 4 feet. Using this layout gives you 16 one-foot squares for planting.

You can, however, plant in layouts other than 4 x 4. A popular alternative layout is 4 x 8. This layout provides 32 one-foot planting squares.

Our garden planner templates give you even more layout options. We’ve included 4 x 6, 2 x 4, 2 x 6, 2 x 8, 1 x 4, 1 x 6, and 1 x 8 sizes. To get started, choose a size that works in the space you’ve set aside for your garden.

Preview and Download the Square Foot Garden Planner Templates

You can preview the 4 x 8 and 1 x 6 planners below. Each of the nine templates uses the same color scheme and same basic elements. The designs vary slightly based on the size of the template.

This is a 4 x 8 square foot garden planner.
A 1 x 6 square foot garden planner template.
This is a 1 x 6 square foot garden planner.
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What should you consider when planning a square foot garden bed layout?

The primary issues to consider are time, money, space, and plant requirements:

  • How much time do you have to invest in planting, caring for, and harvesting from your planting bed?
  • How much can you spend on seeds, plants, soil amendments, and other plant care expenses?
  • How much space do you have for your garden and is the space in an easily accessible location?
  • Does the space provide plants with the light they need to thrive? Do you have access to water, if needed?

Where can you learn more about square foot gardening?

One of the best places to learn more about square foot gardening is the Square Foot Gardening Foundation. Mel Bartholomew created the Foundation in 1996 with the aim of stopping world hunger by helping people grow their own food. His original 1981 book is still available along with an updated version published in 2018.