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What I've learned this year

7/17/2014, 10:08 am by Judy McConnell

1. Experience is great - you who have been through SFG have most of the answers to newbies' questions.

2. There is no guarantee that disease will NOT be brought in on nursery grown seedlings (OR present on uncertified seeds).

3. Commercial Mel's Mix is NEVER as good as home-made (following Mel's book)

4. Table top gardening is the best for old backs, but TTs get expensive if you have to buy …

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How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

12/2/2011, 9:33 pm by martha

If all goes according to plan, I will have 354 squares Spring 2012. As of now, I have 282.

A certain board member is giving me the tiniest of hard times because I said that with the 354, I'll have all I need.

So, before you tell me how many you have, keep in mind that this post is much closer to a confession than a brag!

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8/17/2017, 10:10 am by hammock gal

This is one of my Cherokee Purples. The others have been a little wonky shaped. But this one takes the cake! I know this is cat facing, but these scars look like they've been stitched together. It's a Franken-mato!!! affraid  

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6/4/2010, 8:13 pm by Megan

As far as I know, no one has tried to grow Amaranth in a SFG before, so I thought I would post here every once in a while to describe my experience with it.

I've never grown it, but when I saw it in the Baker Seeds catalog while dreaming of my SFG for this year, I wanted to try it. Mainly for fun, but also because I was curious to see if I could get a useful amount of grain in a small space. …

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Heat wave and shade screen

6/16/2016, 4:07 pm by terryNeb

We are in the middle of our 8th straight day in the mid to upper 90's and are expecting at least 7 more days. Does anyone use sun shades over their garden to filter the sun? if so, to what degree sun/shade, 60/40, 50/50, or other. I have already set up screens on my peppers, tomates, and herbs at 60/40. just wondering what others do or don't do. also watering, in a heat wave, once a day, twice? …

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8/15/2017, 11:20 am by Browndog

I may be jumping the gun here. Asking before I research more. 
I have 'city' water. That means Flouride and Chlorine. 
I filter my drinking water. But what about a garden? Gee... That stuff should kill microorganisms. Flouride bonds with magnesium. Making magnesium worthless. I don't want to do that in my garden. 
I can't afford a whole house water filter. 
Any suggestions on what to do? 

I …

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I feel VERY fortunate!

7/16/2017, 9:37 am by Judy McConnell

For the first time in over 5 years, I planted bush cucumbers and they are producing cucs! Very Happy However, I didn't realize how much they would spread - adding fencing for them to crawl up AFTER they started sprawling isn't the best answer but it is working.

Several of you have mentioned the lack of pollenators in your gardens - what a shame.  I feel doubly fortunate here in NoVa because I have 3-4 …

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Things You Never Knew Existed Until SFG...

6/27/2017, 9:55 pm by Scorpio Rising

Garlic scapes

Ground Cherries

Trellising cukes--works.

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Small trees growing in my window wells

8/13/2017, 2:21 pm by CrazyArtist

I'm new here so not sure where to post this question.
I have small trees that keep growing back in my window wells. I believe they are Hackberry trees. I cut them down all the time but they keep coming back with a vengeance. How can I safely (as in safe for the environment and myself) get rid of these things? They are a bit hard to get to as the window wells are fairly small ones. If I cover the …

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