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Post  Tuxdad on 2/24/2012, 5:12 pm

Picked up the SFG book last year and will be trying it out this spring(hopefully)..



I've got numerous questions on this subject.. Looking forward to learning more about this !!



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Post  camprn on 2/24/2012, 5:41 pm

@Tuxdad wrote:Picked up the SFG book last year and will be trying it out this spring(hopefully)..



I've got numerous questions on this subject.. Looking forward to learning more about this !!



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Post  Chopper on 2/24/2012, 6:32 pm

Welcome! I am sure you will enjoy the forum. Pennsylvania is beautiful.

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Post  quiltbea on 2/24/2012, 6:50 pm

Welcome to the forum. You'll find everyone is very helpful on this forum. If you have questions, just ask. Someone is bound to have the answer.
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Post  floyd1440 on 2/24/2012, 8:35 pm

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I am from Pa too. What part of this commonwealth of you from? I am in western Pa and perhaps we can share some ideas.

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Post  sfg4uKim on 2/24/2012, 8:50 pm

Hi Tuxdad and welcome to the Forum.

I'm the Regional Host for the Mid-Atlantic Region. On the main Forum page, scroll down & you'll see the different regions. This is a place to see things specific to our area.

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Post  Tuxdad on 2/26/2012, 9:44 am

@floyd1440 wrote:Tuxdad



I am from Pa too. What part of this commonwealth of you from? I am in western Pa and perhaps we can share some ideas.

You will find people on this forum EXTREMELY heplful on every subject. This willl be my first full year to



Hailing from south central, not far from Harrisburg...

I've had a garden the past few yrs but this'll be the first time trying SFG .. I plan on doing a part of my garden this way, since I'm not sure if re-doing an 8'x8' too steep of a learning curve for the first time out..Laughing
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Post  curio on 2/26/2012, 9:48 am

I'm converting all of our raised beds to SFG this year. Two that are 4x5', one that is 4x10', one at 2x8' and the last at 2x10'. Other than digging out all the existing soil (which is mostly amended compost) and replacing it with Mels Mix, and adding the dividers, I think it will make life a lot easier.
Welcome... I've learned a LOT in the past week I've been on the board.
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Post  jpatti on 2/26/2012, 9:53 am

@Tuxdad wrote:Hailing from south central, not far from Harrisburg...

We're neighbors; I'm just outside of Carlisle (on the Newville side).
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Post  quiltbea on 2/26/2012, 11:32 am

curio......If your beds are deeper than 6" then you only need to add 6" of MM to the top. Those are the critical areas.
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Post  sfg4uKim on 2/26/2012, 11:42 am

@quiltbea wrote:curio......If your beds are deeper than 6" then you only need to add 6" of MM to the top. Those are the critical areas.

I would put a layer of weed cloth between the existing soil & the MM.

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Post  curio on 2/26/2012, 6:43 pm

We dug out the beds down to the 6" mark (the depth of the beds) and two are now filled with MM. We hadn't had an issue with weeds in the previous beds after nearly 15 years of pulling them like crazy, so I didn't put any weed block down. I may with the really large bed that's left, though, as it's the one closest to the raspberry bed.
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Post  Tuxdad on 2/26/2012, 6:56 pm

@jpatti wrote:
@Tuxdad wrote:Hailing from south central, not far from Harrisburg...

We're neighbors; I'm just outside of Carlisle (on the Newville side).



I get over to carlisle a good bit, as well as newville...Very Happy
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Post  Tuxdad on 2/26/2012, 6:59 pm

@curio wrote:I'm converting all of our raised beds to SFG this year. Two that are 4x5', one that is 4x10', one at 2x8' and the last at 2x10'. Other than digging out all the existing soil (which is mostly amended compost) and replacing it with Mels Mix, and adding the dividers, I think it will make life a lot easier.
Welcome... I've learned a LOT in the past week I've been on the board.



I've got a small spot next to our back door I'd like to set up SFG for herbs, if things go well with my first attempt...

Will have to measure and figure out how much I'd need, and build up a frame..
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Post  floyd1440 on 2/26/2012, 7:07 pm

Anyone in the western part of Pa? looking for anyone in the western part:scratch:
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Post  jpatti on 2/27/2012, 8:47 am

@Tuxdad wrote:I've got a small spot next to our back door I'd like to set up SFG for herbs, if things go well with my first attempt...

Will have to measure and figure out how much I'd need, and build up a frame..

BTW, Carlisle Country Living sells HUGE bags of vermiculite pretty cheap, as far as vermiculite goes.

Be careful though, as the bags look exactly the same as perlite, just has a checkmark to indicate which it is. Hubby bought me perlite by mistake once. Took several years to use that up in potting soil.

I'd recommend a 4x4 bed if you can fit it. Besides herbs, a bunch of various lettuces are also very convenient to have right next to your kitchen.
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Post  jpatti on 2/27/2012, 8:53 am

Also... there's a farm on Rt 11, if heading towards Carlisle, it's on the left, just before Burnthouse Rd. Sells straw pretty cheap and will arrange delivery if you need.
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Post  sfg4uKim on 2/27/2012, 9:40 am

You guys out in Western PA are fortunate to have J.P. Austin nearby.

EDITED: I forgot to tell you that Victoria from the SFG Foundation has met with him and I use them for my vermiculite. The owner, Jerry, seems to be running a VERY reputable business. I had a problem with something and he was more than fair in his compensation for my trouble.


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Post  floyd1440 on 2/27/2012, 4:58 pm

Thanks for the JP Austin site. I have been looking in all the wrong places; but I did find some vermiculite at my local Agway but it was medium grade.

I noticed they have several different sizes so which on is best for SFG' coarse or extra coarse?
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Post  sfg4uKim on 2/27/2012, 5:00 pm

Mel recommends coarse and I use coarse or extra coarse in my business.

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Post  Tuxdad on 3/2/2012, 7:29 am

[quote="jpatti"]
@Tuxdad wrote:I've got a small spot next to our back door I'd like to set up SFG for herbs, if things go well with my first attempt...

Will have to measure and figure out how much I'd need, and build up a frame..

BTW, Carlisle Country Living sells HUGE bags of vermiculite pretty cheap, as far as vermiculite goes.

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Thanks !! I'll have to look them up Very Happy ...
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Post  Tuxdad on 3/2/2012, 7:36 am

@jpatti wrote:Also... there's a farm on Rt 11, if heading towards Carlisle, it's on the left, just before Burnthouse Rd. Sells straw pretty cheap and will arrange delivery if you need.



Is that the little house that sell wood sometimes and has their firewood stacked up on the side porch ?? If so, Very nice folks !! Have had the pleasure of buying straw and hay from themin the past, as well as some of their other goodies in the summer...
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