10 Dollar Square Foot Garden

Making a square foot or container garden can be easy and thrifty.  This size and style is handy because from any side of the container you can easily reach into the middle to pull weeds, water or harvest. Not counting the soil it was about $10.

2 (2ft.x4 ft.x 8ft) boards
plastic sheeting
Gardening soil (I use a mix of peat moss, garden soil, and Manure/organic soil booster)

Go to you local big box hardware store and ask them to cut two 2x4x8 boards in half.
Nail the 4 boards into a square.
Put the square foot garden in the desired location.
Line the bottom of the garden bed with plastic to prevent weeds.
Jan's tip: Don't have any plastic? Empty your garden soil bags into a wheel barrow and cut open the bags on 3 sides so the open flat and lay them down on the bottom of the container.

I filled my containers in layers and then gently mixed them together ,but you can fill yours anyway you like.
Garden soil

Peat moss

manure/organic soil booster

Plant and enjoy!


  1. your beds look wonderful.
    For my low root plants like onions, etc., bubby had made me raised beds that are waist high and sure does save from doing a lot of bending.
    For ground level beds,I don't like using plastic cause it doesn't break down. Instead I use heavy cardboard or layers of newspapers.
    Now in the fall when everything is done, lay just your plastic held down with blocks or other heavy duty items to keep the plastic secure and come next spring remove the plastic and lay your beds. Of course I still lay layers of newspapers and/ or cardboard

    1. Thanks Colleen for all the tips! I would love to make some waist high ones! Working on the hubby on that one!
      You always have the best tips!

  2. The easiest, cheapest garden system that I've ever used is by Larry Hall from Brainerd, Minnesota and I live in Tampa, Florida; so it's pretty universal. He uses woven bags (Walmart grocery bag style) in a plastic kiddie pool with 2 1/2 or 3 inches water in the bottom with a drain hole drilled at that level. He isn't a commercial grower; just a pragmatic entrepreneur. Here's a video to explain it all.


    1. Thanks for sharing! That might work for my son/daughter in law who have a little space behind their apartment building!

  3. another bad thing about using plastic underneath is that you can end up with standing water which in turn will rot the roots of your plants if there is no drainage

  4. I skipped planting fava beans in their traditional patch. Instead, I stuffed the bare soil with California native seeds. All winter, I tugged out oxalises but let the cheeseweed grow. Hey, its a butterfly larvae plant

    1. Lots of work! Hope it all works out!

  5. although plastic underneath they don’t break down in landfill sites (due to lack of oxygen and light- nothing does), but over time they release dangerous chemicals


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