Planning Your First Raised Bed Garden using Square Foot Gardening for Beginners


ALBERTA, CANADA by Alberta Urban Design, Simple, Organic and Sustainable

In the last video for beginners we touched on raised bed gardening for beginners.  We left of having just filled the beds with great soil and mulching them.  Its time to plan your garden and on today’s episode I will take you through the process I go through every year.


Make a List of the Plants you Want to Grow

Making a list your first year can be a daunting task. Start by listing the fruits and vegetables you enjoy eating.

Pick out plants that are annuals. Annuals are fruits and vegetables that only produce in the first year and then die out.

Perennials are plants that once planted will come back year after year. Usually you don’t want to move them once planted.

By picking annuals in your first year you to learn how things grow without having to commit to perennials if you don’t want to.

If you have kids it’s a good time to think about what they may want to snack on.

Now it’s time to go to your preferred online seed store for some information. Generally speaking I go to and

Mark ones that need to be started early in the house

Some plants you will need to start in the house or purchase starts from your green house. It is usually much cheaper to start your own in a south facing window or under shop lights.

To find out which plants need to be started inside online vendors or the back of seed packages will give recommendations on when to plant the crop. I generally write these dates down on my list so I start them on time.

You may have to adjust the dates if your last frost date is earlier or later then the seed package.

If you’re not sure what your last frost date it’s a quick google search of your community with the term “last frost date” beside it. Usually its fairly quick to find.

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