## Background for Teachers:

Square foot gardening is a popular method of gardening that divides a rectangular planting bed into individual square feet and recommends planting seeds in various arrays to get the maximum number of crops into a small space. This method is perfect for school gardens because it allows students to practice area and multiplication skills in a real-world application. This lesson could be done as a hypothetical referencing what could be planted, or you could follow the lesson with an actual planting session if possible. If you intend to follow up with planting, consult a regional planting calendar to time the lesson appropriately. If the rectangular bed is empty, you may wish to have students use string to outline the square feet in the bed, but this is optional.