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Square-Foot Gardening

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How much space do plants need to grow?
Paper Towel Gardening
Supplies:
  • Paper towels (thinner is better)

  • Veggie seeds of your choice

  • Glue

  • Garden to plant into

  • Plant labels

Download this PDF for the square foot gardening guide

Let’s Do It!

  1. Decide what vegetable seeds you want to plant.

  2. Use the guide on the PDF to figure out how many seeds should go on your paper towel.

  3. Paper towels are about one square foot (12 inches long and 12 inches wide). Detach a piece of paper towel (or two if planting squash, melon, or pumpkin)

  4. Fold your paper towel on the dotted lines just like the diagram for your veggie.

  5. Mark with a marker where on the paper towel each seed is going to go.

  6. Glue one seed on each mark.

  7. Let the glue dry.

  8. Plant your paper towel in your garden by covering it lightly with soil.

  9. Tip: if you have really heavy paper towel, you can wet your paper towel and poke your seed right into the soil.

Talk it Over!

  1. What plants did you choose? Why?

  2. How can using paper towels help you understand the spacing needs of plants.

  3. What other ways could you figure out square foot planting in your garden?

  4. How do you think have the right amount of space helps plants grow?

  5. How does having what you need help you grow?