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Post  dougneiner on 4/12/2012, 1:32 am

My name is Doug, and my wife and I moved our family to Iowa from Western Massachusetts with the goal of owning a small hobby farm in a few years. One of our first steps is to have a large garden and get our kids involved (I have 4!). I started building raised beds using a double digging method in the "Mini Farming" book I was reading. Last week, I found Square Foot gardening, and read the book in about 3 days … I could hardly put it down!

I now have Peat Moss sitting in my garage, and will be picking up an order of Vermiculite on Saturday as well as the different compost types! Can't wait to build the rest of my garden beds using the SFG method with Mel's mix!

I am really excited, so I'll post pictures as things progress! I had already bought landscaping timbers before reading the book, so my raised beds won't look quite like everyone else's, but I think it should work just fine!

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Post  givvmistamps on 4/12/2012, 2:06 am

Hi Doug! glad you\'re here I'm new to SFG too.

As you get a chance to see photos around the site, you'll find that everyone's garden looks a little different. Some people cobble boxes together with what they already have to hand, some build them from scratch with new lumber, some convert containers not originally intended for gardening, some use pots or planters, some buy kits to create the boxes, and many use several of he aforementioned. There's no fixed rules on what your raised beds must be made of. The main thing Mel insists you must have is proper soil mix and squares marked off for easy planting and identification.

There are a lot of people here who are very knowledgeable, and they're willing to share their knowledge with us newbies. Photos are always appreciated, especially if you're having problems you need advice on.

I look forward to seeing your garden as it's built. I had thought about using landscape timbers, when I found some box kits online that could be picked up in my local store. It's not terribly sturdy, I want to add three more boxes just for veggies and more for a cut flower garden, and I'll probably have to replace the frames i have sooner rather than later, so I'll be interested to see how yours come together and how you like the material.
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Post  Goosegirl on 4/12/2012, 8:14 am

Welcome Doug! I am not far from you - NE South Dakota. WE LOVE PICS! Post lots of pics of your progress. We love before & afters, and everything in between. This is my second year with my boxes, working on the ones for my future herb garden now. Can't wait to see your farm as it develops!

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Post  sfg4uKim on 4/12/2012, 10:19 am

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Post  CCgirl75 on 4/12/2012, 10:27 am

Yeah!!!! Welcome from Southwest Iowa! I am new and feel so much better when someone 'close' knows what's going on here.
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Re: Howdy from Western Iowa!

Post  dougneiner on 4/12/2012, 11:16 am

Thanks for the warm welcome! I aim to be building a number of other boxes on Saturday, so I'll post pictures of the progress!

@Goosegirl - I guess I hadn't paid attention just how close I was to South Dakota before you mentioned that! Very cool!

@CCgirl75 - We are living in Cumberland, IA - about an hour from Creston. Your gardens look great! Hope mine are doing so well soon!
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Post  CCgirl75 on 4/12/2012, 11:19 am

Doug ~ looks like a lot of rain coming so you'll have time to get those boxes ready and filled and hopefully it will warm up so you can plant them! Good luck to you and your wife!
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Post  CCgirl75 on 4/12/2012, 11:21 am

And your kids! Hope they love your new life and you gets lots of help from little gardeners. Laughing
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