Measurements and Conversions for the Garden

A square foot = 12" x 12"

A square meter = 3' x 3'

1 Acre = 43,560 square feet or 14,520 square meters

How to calculate the square footage of a garden bed or row
  • Multiply the length x width (for rows only measure growing space not pathways)
    • Examples:
      • A raised bed measuring 4' x 8' = 32 sq. ft
      • A planting bed / row measuring 10' long by 3' wide = 30 square feet
  • Common row lengths for market gardeners:
    • 3' x 50' = 150 sq. ft. (3' x 100' = 300 sq. ft.)
    • 4' x 50' = 200 sq. ft. (4' x 100' = 400 sq. ft.)
How to Calculating Volume for a raised bed: 
  • length x width x height = cu. ft.
  • example: a raised bed measuring 4’ x 4’ x 6” deep = 8 cu. ft.
  • 1/2 cu.ft. = app. 5-Gallon

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