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Post  KelliK on 27th March 2012, 8:10 pm

Hello All,

I am so excited to start our garden. We are a family of 4 who love to entertain and just spent some serious money renovating our back yard. There is something for everyone, a tot lot for the kids (age 2 and 3), a putting green for my husband, a garden for me and a shed for all the "stuff".

However, we put in the garden before I found out about SFG. I thought at 6' X 12' X 12" it would be small, but then i found out about SFG, and now I feel like I can probably feed the neighborhood! It is constructed out of pressure treated lumber, so I need to wrap the lumber in heavy plastic (or do I just make a liner of plastic?) and then paint it after this summer.... right?

This is our first family garden and I am as much looking forward to the "process" and teaching our boys about vegetables and concious living as I am the harvest.

I will need a lot of help in the beginning, but promise wonderful pics in the process.


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Post  UnderTheBlackWalnut on 27th March 2012, 10:04 pm

glad you\'re here KelliK!

It sounds like you have an awesome backyard oasis! Smile I'm jealous reading about it! Smile Although I don't have any toddlers (my boys are 24 and 19), I would gladly save it for someday-grandkids. Smile

The first thing I would suggest is try to get a copy of the All New Square Foot Gardening book (the 2006 edition) by Mel Bartholomew. It's really easy to follow, has lots of photos, and great planting charts. It answers a lot of the initial questions you might have.

You can also use the homepage area to explore topics that interest you or search for threads on a particular topic using the white search box on the upper left of the page. You can search for threads on treated wood and other box materials to see what members have to say. Smile

SFG uses something called Mel's Mix in the boxes because it is designed to support intensive gardening. Mel's Mix is 1/3 peat, 1/3 vermiculite, and 1/3 blended compost (from at least 5 sources). There are many good threads on Mel's Mix and compost on the forum.

Lastly, depending on your height and reach, I would not make your boxes any wider than 4' because you'll want to be able to reach into them comfortably without having to walk in them. Try to make the aisles between your boxes at least 3 feet or so because as your plants grow they will want to spread outside the boxes.

We look forward to seeing your SFG plan, welcoming any questions you may have and DEFINITELY viewing pictures of your progress! Smile

PS - We love pictures of "little helpers" too Wink

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