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Post  tnoyce on 3/30/2012, 7:18 am

Hi

my wife and I have just started square-foot gardening, so I thought it would be smart to hook up with people that know how it should be done. Our challenges are our lack of knowledge and experience and the fact that this country does not use feet at all: we can convert easily enough, but when we bought containers to fit nicely onto our balcony we ended up with something 1'6" by 3'. We have read most of the book and are planting leeks, iceberg lettuce, lollo rosso, strawberries, beans, carrots and broccoli.

Tim and Marjolein
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Post  curio on 3/30/2012, 8:49 am

Welcome to the forum!! There is indeed a wealth of knowledge to be had here.
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Re: New here and to gardening - from Haarlem in the Netherlands

Post  llama momma on 3/30/2012, 8:54 am

glad you\'re here From Ohio! I think you will be fine. When you mark off your squares and plant your carrots, that left over 6 inch area could simply take 8 carrots instead of 16 to a sq. ft. There have been other folks here with the same issue. Not a problem since the plants won't care. I'll be planting baby strawberry plants for the first time in a few days too. I'm pretty excited. Are you able to find the ingredients for Mel's Mix? If you have issues finding everything, you could use more compost instead. Then later on add the peat and vermiculite as it becomes available. Your varieties of compost is the source of nutrients so try hard not to skimp on it. There's lots of help on this forum, welcome again and Best Wishes!


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Post  quiltbea on 3/30/2012, 12:40 pm

Welcome to the forum. Its a great place to find answers. Enjoy the gardening experience and the flavor of your own food.
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Re: New here and to gardening - from Haarlem in the Netherlands

Post  tnoyce on 4/1/2012, 3:03 pm

@llama momma wrote: glad you\'re here From Ohio! I think you will be fine. When you mark off your squares and plant your carrots, that left over 6 inch area could simply take 8 carrots instead of 16 to a sq. ft. There have been other folks here with the same issue. Not a problem since the plants won't care. I'll be planting baby strawberry plants for the first time in a few days too. I'm pretty excited. Are you able to find the ingredients for Mel's Mix? If you have issues finding everything, you could use more compost instead. Then later on add the peat and vermiculite as it becomes available. Your varieties of compost is the source of nutrients so try hard not to skimp on it. There's lots of help on this forum, welcome again and Best Wishes!
Thanks! Yes we did find the ingredients: beloved wife is amazingly good at internet search I love you .

Our city collects garden/fruit/vegetable refuse separately and composts it centrally, so we were able to go and claim a three big bags of compost from them! Since it is well-composted garden waste I am not bothering mixing it with other kinds. The hardest one to find was vermiculite.

Looking around I was wondering if there is a way of matching up the northern Dutch climate to a US state, that way I can make use of some of the regional advice.
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Re: New here and to gardening - from Haarlem in the Netherlands

Post  plantoid on 4/1/2012, 5:39 pm

Tim, because your nearly always with" wet feet " your climate will be far different to most on here .

Perhaps you'll be nearer to our climate in the UK as we live nearly 15 Km in a straight line from the Bristol channel but elevated up at 117 mtrs above sea level. ( Just off the west end of the M4 Motorway in South Wales ).

Have a look at what is being planted in the community allotment gardens by the local Dutch people and pick their brains as to what they are doing & you won't go far wrong.



If you go to the home page and look at the list of various forums look in the Europe forum . There is a link about climate zones & there is a fairly close match to our climates .

One big advantage is that this side of the pond we have over two thousand years of gardening knowlege on our own stamping ground. Perhaps your local library will have a seasonal gardening book or three for you to chose what you want to grow and fairly local to you information.



There is a great set of such books by a Dr. D.G. Hessayon one of which is called " The vegetable expert " there is a latest edition ( mine is circa 1985 but it is still very relevent. they are often to be had second hand cheap off Amazon Uk or Ebay UK etc. Most of our UK gardening centres carry the range of books as well .



There is also another new netherlander who has just joined the site , they are balcony gardening

Just a quick conversion 303 mm = one foot = 12 inches , 909mm = one yard ,

Mel's Mix works well by the bucket full ..v 5 peat , 5 vermiculite and five individual buckets of different manures & composts ...... ( it saves getting all anal about precise measurements Wink . )
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Re: New here and to gardening - from Haarlem in the Netherlands

Post  sfg4uKim on 4/1/2012, 7:56 pm

Hi and welcome to the Forum.

When we were stationed in Germany (the first time) we took our sons to the Benelux region. We were in Eindhoven to see where my aunt lived as a child (she was captured during WWII and my uncle's unit freed her.

We of course went to Amsterdam, but the best time was staying at an old sheep farm (thatched roof and all). Unfortunately I don't remember EXACTLY WHERE that was, but it was about 20 miles south of Amsterdam.

And of course I made hubby take me to Keukenhof (although it was after peak season).

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Post  tnoyce on 4/2/2012, 2:09 pm

Right now the schools are just starting gardening classes (rows of beets and carrots mainly), the daffodils are just fading and violets were finished a month ago.

The Netherlands tends to get damp, cool Summers, dry fine Autumns, wet Winters, sometimes very cold (which the Dutch totally relish as they can go skating) and wet, windy, highly variable springs.

Right now it is 11C, breezy and dry, unusually dry for the time of year in fact.

I have tomato and cucumbers starting inside and expect to put them outside (if they grow at all) mid May. I do find planting in MM very easy. Our garden soil is pretty sad: we have never actually nourished it, it got depleted by an oversized pear-tree and it is rather sandy from several years of children's sandboxes.
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