Many people plant what they like to eat! Square Foot Gardening (SFG) spacing is based on giving your plants just the right amount of space. Each square will be either planted by the formula 1, 4, 9 or 16 holes per square depending on the size of the mature plant. So for example, large plants such as broccoli or tomatoes would be 1 per square, medium plants such as bush beans would be 9 to a square.
Having shade presents a problem as most flowers and vegetables need sun. You can make your SFG box mobile by putting it on wheels and following the sun in your yard. Some plants do better in partial shade such as beets, lettuce, onions, parsley, radishes, spinach and many herbs. Check your seed packages for more information. All New Square Foot Gardening 2nd edition will guide you in when, how, and what to plant, as it is a comprehensive guide to get growing.
Square Foot Gardens can be grown indoors in a sun-room or sunny area, even in winter. Make sure you build your boxes so they can fit through the doorway. If you grow indoors, you will need to rotate your box as the plants grow toward the sun. Pick plants that do well in shadier locations for best results. If you live in an apartment, see if you can grow on your balcony or even on the rooftop of your building. Remember to get written permission before starting your SFG on a roof or balcony.