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Hello from a (possibly over-)enthusiastic gardener from the frozen Northlands!

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Hello from a (possibly over-)enthusiastic gardener from the frozen Northlands!

Post  FoolishTook on 2/4/2012, 9:55 am

Hello fellow SFGers! I'm glad to be here, and really glad to have the resource to whom to reach out with gardening questions.

I've done a little container gardening, most successfully done wish herbs, but now I'm moving on to vegetable gardening. Now the happy renter of a plot at my local community garden, I have space to not only put peas and tomatoes, but even rhubarb and asparagus.

I'm particularly thrilled to have found Mel's Square Foot Garden book. Last spring, before I had access to such a garden plot, I would take breaks from writing grad school papers and bury myself in the book with a highlighter and bunch of stickies. That book pretty much kept me sane through finals week.

I look forward to chatting with you all, and maybe even meet some local Vermonters!

Have a great weekend!


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Re: Hello from a (possibly over-)enthusiastic gardener from the frozen Northlands!

Post  camprn on 2/4/2012, 10:22 am

Hi Jamie and to the SFG Forum! I am a neighbor to the east and south of you about 3 hours away. Did you say you had the All New Square Foot Gardening book (2006)?

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Re: Hello from a (possibly over-)enthusiastic gardener from the frozen Northlands!

Post  FoolishTook on 2/4/2012, 10:24 am

Actually, now that I check, I have the edition from 1981, rather than the All New 2006 version.

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North Country Gardening

Post  tomperrin on 2/4/2012, 10:31 am

We had a tiny organic garden (Pre-SFG) on Chateaugay Lake, NY camp due west of Burlington, considerably higher altitude. We did extremely well with rhubarb, potatoes, peas, strawberries. We will be putting the place up for sale in a few weeks, but will turn the whole plot over to zinnias for the lucky buyer. Burlington is closer to sea level and perhaps quite a bit longer growing season. How big is your allotment?

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Re: Hello from a (possibly over-)enthusiastic gardener from the frozen Northlands!

Post  camprn on 2/4/2012, 10:33 am

oooooooooooh, you gotta get the newer one. Much improved! The edition you have is good info but most of the gardeners here have found the way of the new book much, much better. I know that I have... conveniently enough UVM library has an available copy Wink

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Re: Hello from a (possibly over-)enthusiastic gardener from the frozen Northlands!

Post  FoolishTook on 2/4/2012, 10:47 am

Tom, I have a 15'x15' plot. All of my plants are from companies in the same Grow Zone, so the species they carry are chosen because they do well in this area. =D My garden plan as it currently stands is on this thread: http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t10122-garden-plan-2012

camprn, Duly noted! I will have to look into the new and improved version, then; thank you for the tip. =) Anything you particularly think I should keep an eye out for, as I'm reading for comparison between the two?

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Don't overlook the winter harvest

Post  tomperrin on 2/4/2012, 11:07 am

Eliot Coleman's book "The Winter Harvest Handbook - Year-Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses" was as much an eye-opener for me as was ANSFG. I found the book too late in the year to do much more than late planted garlic, lettuce and spinach but this year I will have it planned out a little bit better. The book is expensive ($30) but should be available on inter-library loan if not in your local lib. Coleman is in Harborside, ME. Also you might want to consider WinterSown techniques. http://www.wintersown.org/wseo1/How_to_Winter_Sow.html

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Re: Hello from a (possibly over-)enthusiastic gardener from the frozen Northlands!

Post  sfg4uKim on 2/4/2012, 11:15 am

I agree with camprn - the method in the All New book is SOOOOO much easier than the old method - I started out with the original method in the late 1980s and resisted the new method . . . until I tried it.

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Re: Hello from a (possibly over-)enthusiastic gardener from the frozen Northlands!

Post  quiltbea on 2/4/2012, 12:12 pm

I just bought a paperback copy of 'All New Square Foot Gardening' on Amazon for twelve bucks plus postage. They had them starting at ten something.

I started with the original book some years back and follow his concepts and even have his videos, which are a must for me to rewatch each spring. I'm loving reading his 'All New...' book and find his charts easier reading in this version and the color photos beautiful.

Any new boxes built will be filled with his 1/3 of each but for now, I just keep adding fresh compost to my older boxes to bring them up to snuff.

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