Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by llama momma Today at 2:42 pm

» What to Grow through Very Hot Summers
by CapeCoddess Today at 2:39 pm

» Three Sisters Square Foot garden
by yolos Today at 1:59 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by sanderson Today at 1:32 pm

» Trellis
by newbeone Today at 1:31 pm

» New England June 2017
by CapeCoddess Today at 1:23 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Today at 1:12 pm

» Does the SFG concept work for perennials?
by LynnF Today at 1:05 pm

» Watering
by newbeone Today at 1:01 pm

» 2017 corn pictures
by yolos Today at 1:00 pm

» Baby Food
by CapeCoddess Today at 12:58 pm

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by sanderson Today at 12:24 pm

» Cinnamon, Fungus, and Gnats
by yolos Today at 11:03 am

» Pepper argument who's right
by CapeCoddess Today at 10:35 am

» Question About Strawberries
by AtlantaMarie Today at 7:37 am

» Big Bug ?
by sanderson Today at 3:12 am

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by sanderson Today at 1:07 am

» New squash in a hurry
by RC3291 Yesterday at 11:09 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by yolos Yesterday at 11:02 pm

» Buzz Pollinators
by yolos Yesterday at 9:29 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in JUNE 2017
by Fiz Yesterday at 9:14 pm

» N & C Midwest--It is JUNE!!!! Garden Time!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:48 pm

» Poppy seeds - Hungarian Blue Breadseed
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:09 pm

» A really, really Frugal Gardener
by Fiz Yesterday at 8:06 pm

» AtlantaMarie's Garden
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 7:15 pm

» Tomato - Snow Fairy
by quiltbea Yesterday at 6:11 pm

» Fall Planting
by newbeone Yesterday at 5:26 pm

» Jaffa's garden - year one
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:14 pm

» Texas Dream garden 2017
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:29 pm

» Should I cover plants while away
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:17 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Ideas for a base under and around my boxes.

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Ideas for a base under and around my boxes.

Post  abeyerl on 2/27/2012, 6:15 pm

I am a SC newbie to the forum so I wanted to say "Hi" to everyone and ask some advice. I have gardened for the last few years using the SFG methods and had pretty good success. However, weeds around my boxes and last year, in them, have become a real problem! So, this past weekend I had a Bobcat come in and scrape all the grass and topsoil off right down to the hard red clay level. I am going to start again with fresh boxes. I wondered if anyone had any ideas what to lay down as a base in the 30 x 60 foot area to keep the weeds from coming back. I thought about mulch but that amount of cedar mulch is going to be a huge amount of money. Any ideas anyone? Thanks in advance!

abeyerl

Posts : 5
Join date : 2011-05-08
Location : GCSC

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Ideas for a base under and around my boxes.

Post  littlejo on 2/27/2012, 6:51 pm

I put weed cloth with mulch on top, I guess it was mostly pine for the power co. chipping trees. I thought it would work. The mulch has broken down to a compost over the last yr. The weeds think it is great, growing atop the weed cloth. Maybe a mulch, of either plastic or rubber, something that will not break down.

Jo
avatar
littlejo

Female Posts : 1532
Join date : 2011-05-04
Age : 63
Location : Cottageville SC 8b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Ideas for a base under and around my boxes.

Post  Patty from Yorktown on 2/29/2012, 7:17 am

Welcome to the forum. I would go the organic route. You will probably want something down, so your shoes do not get muddy. Could be stepping stones, shredded leaves, cheap mulch... I spend most of my time weeding the paths in my garden not my raised beds. I am fine with that. The weeds come out of the paths easily, if there are too many small weeds I just pour boiling water on them (leftover from cooking dinner.) I have young children and need to be outside for an hour or more a day each day, especially in the summer. It gives me something to do. Enjoy your beautiful garden.

Patty from Yorktown
avatar
Patty from Yorktown

Posts : 350
Join date : 2010-03-05
Location : Yorktown, Virginia

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Ideas for a base under and around my boxes.

Post  walshevak on 2/29/2012, 7:36 am

i needed something quick for a muddy under a tree sitting area last year. eventually to have pavers. Somebody on the forum was using carpet strips to kill grass in pathways and under beds. So since I was replacing my carpets with hardwood floors, I had to guys take out the l/r carpet in one big piece and put it under my tree. Still in use,

____________________________

A WEED IS A FLOWER GROWING IN THE WRONG PLACE
Elizabeth City, NC
Find more about Weather in Elizabeth City, NC
Click for weather forecast
avatar
walshevak

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4349
Join date : 2010-10-17
Age : 74
Location : wilmington, nc zone 8

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Ideas for a base under and around my boxes.

Post  Ha-v-v on 2/29/2012, 7:54 am

I use cardboard boxes around my boxes and this year as new box goes in I will put cardboard under them as well. I used paper weed block on the previous beds, I bought that, cardboard is free. I go to a furniture store and they let me take their cardboard. Huge pieces are so much nicer to work with. I can also go to dollar general after a truck and take all I want too. I will have to replace the cardboard this year from last years. But it was so worth it to me.
I lay it down and when done I spray it with a shower spray and then walk all over it Smile it will conform to the ground.

Ha-v-v
avatar
Ha-v-v

Female Posts : 1123
Join date : 2010-03-12
Age : 57
Location : Southwest Ms. Zone 8A (I like to think I get a little bit of Zone 9 too )

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Ideas for a base under and around my boxes.

Post  abeyerl on 3/12/2012, 11:55 pm

Thanks for the ideas everyone. I am thinking about putting down cardboard, then weed cloth, then sand. I think I will put pavers around the boxes and maybe something like cedar mulch under the boxes. We are going to have an early spring this year so I need to get going on it so I can get my plants in the ground. I am so excited to get it done!

abeyerl

Posts : 5
Join date : 2011-05-08
Location : GCSC

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Ideas for a base under and around my boxes.

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum