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Post  jojo477 on 3/20/2012, 9:14 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm new to SFG and have gotten 2 boxes set up (made from cinder blocks). I have to do two more grids and will have the 4 boxes done. Have been working on this since the end of January 2012. Planted some cabbage and broccoli today. I am curious about the trellis for the tomatoes, and beans, etc. I have priced the conduit which is $6-$7 per 8 foot lenght. How do you cut it? I didn't see the rebar but saw it online at Lowes. Has any one done these? How much did they cost? Where did you get the netting? Any help will be appreciated. Thank you!

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Re: New to SFG and the forum in southern NC

Post  curio on 3/20/2012, 9:53 pm

I cut mine with a hacksaw. It was pretty simple to cut Smile
Welcome to the group... you're in for a lot of fun
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Re: New to SFG and the forum in southern NC

Post  UnderTheBlackWalnut on 3/20/2012, 11:45 pm

glad you\'re here jojo477!

If you haven't gotten the All New Square Foot Gardening (2006) book by Mel Bartholomew and given it a read, please do as it will answer a lot of the initial questions.

Now on to the specifics... Smile

1) Rebar is usually found near the concrete in most big box hardware stores. It's heavy iron rusty stuff, but it's awesome for anchoring things. It usually comes in various lengths ranging from 2 feet to more than 6 feet... In my local Menards, it's stored in "cubbies" and lays horizontally in them.

2) I found my netting on a rotating display stand in the garden area at my local Menards where you would find the tomato ties and twisters.

We love pictures and are excited to have you here! Smile
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Re: New to SFG and the forum in southern NC

Post  walshevak on 3/21/2012, 12:47 am

Hey JOJO. I know where Delco is. My son tried to open and run the Millhouse Cafe up the road toward Reglewood.

Welcome to the forum. This is a great way to garden.

Lowes and Home Depot have 1/2" electrical conduit in 10' lengths for about $2 and 3/4" for about $4.

Home Depot has 1/2" rebar in 2' lengths for $1.60 and 4' lengths for $2.98.

One thing, when you buy the rebar, watch the cut ends as sometimes they are not cut straight and you can't get the conduit over the rebar. I had to get 3/4" conduit one time to make it fit. Then I learned to take a piece of conduit to the rebar cubbies and measure each piece of rebar before I bought it.

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Re: New to SFG and the forum in southern NC

Post  UnderTheBlackWalnut on 3/21/2012, 11:40 am

@walshevak wrote:
One thing, when you buy the rebar, watch the cut ends as sometimes they are not cut straight and you can't get the conduit over the rebar. I had to get 3/4" conduit one time to make it fit. Then I learned to take a piece of conduit to the rebar cubbies and measure each piece of rebar before I bought it.

Kay

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Re: New to SFG and the forum in southern NC

Post  madnicmom on 3/21/2012, 12:57 pm

Welcome Jojo!

You have received some great advice. The trellis netting can be found where they sell plant markers, plant ties, etc. I have used it before but I'm going to try jute twine this year. The way I can make my own trellis pattern plus the twine is compostable, so I've read.

another explanation of the rebar is that - they cut the pieces with something like "bolt" cutters which can cause the ends to flatten and widen the ends. Please take the condiut with you to the rebar in the store and test each piece. I learned the hard way! Sad
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