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1st Fun Garden!

Post  CCgirl75 on 3/14/2012, 8:59 pm

Hello from the Midwest! I've always hated gardening but felt like it was something I had to do. I discovered SquareFoot Gardening while doing some research online. I am convinced that I am going to finally enjoy gardening!

I can't wait to be a part of these discussions and read about everyone's experiences and expertise. I've already found the greatest database to find Vermiculite. That is going to save a lot of searching. Thank you!!

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Re: 1st Fun Garden!

Post  CindiLou on 3/15/2012, 12:06 am

Hi CC! Welcome to the forum! I am over in Chariton!

SFG is awesome, fun, and so easy to do. Compared
to row gardening!

I get my vermiculite at Menards. Insulation aisle. 12.99 for 3cf bag.

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Post  CCgirl75 on 3/15/2012, 12:57 am

I was hoping I'd hear from someone in my area. I went to bed at 10 and I'm up again because I couldn't sleep - veggies in 1 foot squares kept me awake! Nice to meet you!

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Post  CindiLou on 3/15/2012, 1:08 am

rofl..just wait till you can't sleep cause you thought of something else you want to plant! And something else...and how are your gonna explain the new beds you want!

It is addictive. I started with ONE bed! now I have 2 4x4, 2 2x4, 1 4x6, and am putting in two more 4x6s in the next month!

Oh and found my Grams old single bed frame (think is was half of an OLD futon cause Grams died in '69!)
I am going to use that for the base for my first TT. It is 2x6 lol...sat in the swing talking to hubby and we are going to make an area right by the front porch for it lol...just landscape fabric and gravel. But I can pick lettuce without hardly going outside!

And it goes with the double rinse tub/bathtub theme on that side of the yard! Oh my....good thing I dont have an HOA!

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Post  CCgirl75 on 3/15/2012, 1:20 am

Oh, this is gonna be soooo up my alley! Very Happy

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Post  CindiLou on 3/15/2012, 4:03 pm

Cc do you have the All New Squarefoot Garden Book? The 2006 edition? It is the best book!

It is around $20 but so worth it!

Don't skimp on the Mel's Mix! It really does do a lot better if you use ALL five different composts!

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Post  quiltbea on 3/15/2012, 4:46 pm

CCgirl.....Welcome to the forum. I think you just might enjoy the SFG method.

I also lease 2 long 30-ft rows in our community garden each year and they are so much more labor intensive with the weeds, etc. No raised beds or Mel's Mix there. Before the end of the season, some folks have given up. Too much work. Their beds aren't fully utilized because they're worn out before fall arrives.

In comparison, its always a pleasure to work in the raised beds at home but I also need the extra space at the community garden for sprawling crops and Food Pantry contributions and also the socialization with the members so I won't give them up. Yes, I think you'll find there's less labor involved with this method. You might even grow to love it like many others of us.

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Re: 1st Fun Garden!

Post  CCgirl75 on 3/15/2012, 5:01 pm

Thanks for the encouragement! I see so much waste because of people like me that 'give up'!

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Post  WolfHeart on 3/15/2012, 5:29 pm

glad you\'re here to the boards and your new addiction lol!

I have to reiterate what cindi said, you don't want to skimp on your Mel's Mix....I didn't realize how important it was until I started growing. I found that I needed to supplement it just to get something to harvest. This year I have built a new box with no skimping. I can't wait to see the difference. I am still trying to correct the other two boxes with compost.

This is an addiction, I am already trying to figure out where I can put another box in my yard with out upsetting my landlord too much Laughing

There is that property line fence that look rather trashy who?me?

Again glad you\'re here to the boards

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Re: 1st Fun Garden!

Post  CCgirl75 on 3/16/2012, 9:47 pm

Bought my vermiculite today!! Woo hoo!!!

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Post  CCgirl75 on 3/30/2012, 4:11 pm

Got all my compost today. Tomorrow is the day I start my first SFG! Thanks CindiLou and everyone for their help in the posts! I'm going to dive in and use the knowledge I've gain and hope for the best!

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Post  FamilyGardening on 3/30/2012, 4:23 pm

dont forget how much we loooove pics......if you are able to post some Very Happy

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Re: 1st Fun Garden!

Post  CCgirl75 on 3/30/2012, 7:27 pm

I'm going to try very hard to take pics and tell my story. Sometimes I have the greatest of intentions, but... Shocked

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Post  CindiLou on 3/31/2012, 12:30 am

Definitely love pictures! Some start a thread just for their own garden...
like the Toy box...I am using my Looks like garden season thread to keep
updates lol

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