Tennessee Square Foot Garden Plan


Thank you for your site, your emails and encouragement to garden. This will be my third year to plant a square foot garden. We have plenty of space and great light but we have lots of deer, rabbits and squirrels so I have to fence my area which made it really small.

Here are some pictures from last year:




Last year’s plan:


I am in the orange group and ready to start making plans for this years garden. I have made many mistakes but I am learning as I go. I know that need to move things around but I am not sure how the soil from the year before affects the next year.

Where should I move the tomatoes for the best impact? Where the squash was? Where the broccoli and potatoes were?

I am learning about companion planting as well. Some things are great beside tomatoes and some are not. Some things I will not grow again this year. There will be no broccoli or cabbage. But I do hope to plant some peppers and onions. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. Here is this year’s plan:



Happy Gardening!

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4 Responses

  1. Steve says:

    Good work on that garden! I see that you have deer. I do too. It looks like you have a four foot fence. Does that keep the deer out? I read somewhere that they don’t like to jump into small enclosures. My garden will be 16′ x 16′ with one side against the house. I’m wondering if a 4′ or 5′ fence will keep them out. Anybody out there feel free to jump in!

    Happy gardening,

  2. Darlene says:

    You should not plant tomatoes after potatoes or squash. Try peas and lettuce or a cover crop for the winter to improve the soil. See rotation in Bartholemews book. Though I have just turned and replenish the soil with compost so I can keep tomatoes on the north end where the trellise is. You have a nice plan. I tried planting broccoli and brussel sprouts in the fall but it turned cold to soon!

  3. aglove3 says:

    Such a nice garden. I used to live in McMinnville, TN back in 2006 :) I look forward to seeing more pictures

  4. Nigel says:

    I really like your diagrams, and I hope to have my square foot garden as large as yours as soon as I can. Right now I have two 4×4 gardens, and one 4×2 garden. Keep up the good work!