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Post  intothenew on 4/23/2012, 3:29 pm

I moved and only took the compost pile and the vine racks with me, that is from the garden only of course. I'm here(new home), and here(this forum), to start fresh. Square footin' by the "old" method is all I have known since seeing that first segment on PBS so long ago. intothenew, or maybe best "intotheallnew", I welcome(if you'll pardon the pun).


I've got boxes to build, vermic and peat to purchase, seeds to start, and quite a bit of reading to do here. I assume a few new things that I haven't practiced will be on that to-do list also, after the read.


I look forward to the time here, and out there, with a fresh new start.
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Post  llama momma on 4/23/2012, 3:48 pm

Welcome from central Ohio and enjoy yourself on the forum. There is so much to enjoy you could easily spend away the day...again,
glad you\'re here
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Post  walshevak on 4/23/2012, 5:16 pm

If you haven't already, get the ALL NEW SQUAREFOOT GARDENING book. With that and this forum you will have the best source of home gardening info.

And Welcome!!!!

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Post  sfg4uKim on 4/23/2012, 5:36 pm

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Post  intothenew on 4/24/2012, 8:20 am

@walshevak wrote:If you haven't already, get the ALL NEW SQUAREFOOT GARDENING book............


I haven't, and I assume that I wrongly considered it to be only a cookbook.
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Post  Goosegirl on 4/24/2012, 1:41 pm

@intothenew wrote:
@walshevak wrote:If you haven't already, get the ALL NEW SQUAREFOOT GARDENING book............


I haven't, and I assume that I wrongly considered it to be only a cookbook.

Definitely NOT a cookbook! The forum is a great place for help but the book is THE place to start. It is an easy read, but will make your gardening life sooooo much easier. To paraphrase forum member Boffer: Get it, read it, do it! It works!

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Post  intothenew on 4/24/2012, 2:22 pm

@Goosegirl wrote:

Definitely NOT a cookbook! The forum is a great place for help but the book is THE place to start. It is an easy read, but will make your gardening life sooooo much easier. To paraphrase forum member Boffer: Get it, read it, do it! It works!

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I have a hard copy of the original, my confusion revolves around the "all new". Has the technique changed enough for me to halt progress, then buy and read the new one.
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Post  llama momma on 4/24/2012, 2:46 pm

Oh yes, "Halt" as you said. There are 10 Huge changes so gardening is easier. Click on the home page there is a picture of the book, All New Square Foot Gardening. It is the latest edition. I believe you can click on it and get more information too. It is a very friendly and easy read. Also, the author, Mel Bartholomew did write a cookbook too. No surprise it is called, All New Square Foot Gardening Cookbook. Enjoy and welcome to the forum.
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Post  intothenew on 4/24/2012, 4:45 pm

@llama momma wrote:Oh yes, "Halt" as you said. There are 10 Huge changes so gardening is easier. Click on the home page there is a picture of the book, All New Square Foot Gardening. It is the latest edition. I believe you can click on it and get more information too. It is a very friendly and easy read. Also, the author, Mel Bartholomew did write a cookbook too. No surprise it is called, All New Square Foot Gardening Cookbook. Enjoy and welcome to the forum.


I'll meet ya' half way, how's that. I have one bed for spring planting almost ready, should finish it this evening. The second bed I'll hold on, order the new book tonight, and follow that. That will certainly take until next weekend. Anything long lead that I need to purchase?

I guess I got my bias on the new book from seeing only the cookbook available, so is life.
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Post  llama momma on 4/24/2012, 5:22 pm

So glad you are ordering the All New Square Foot Gardening Book. You will be very pleased, promise you that. Well, on the bright side you may end up with two beds to compare the differences! Very Happy Hey, as an engineer (took a peek at your profile) you will certainly appreciate Mel's innovative changes as he was a civil engineer and an efficiency expert.
Till next time, enjoy and welcome to this great forum.


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Re: Hi from a Hillbilly

Post  walshevak on 4/24/2012, 6:44 pm

You will need vermiculite, peat, and a blend of 5 different composts.

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t7452-mel-s-mix-how-strong-is-your-backbone

This is the basis of ANSFG. And it really works.

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Post  intothenew on 4/24/2012, 7:52 pm

@walshevak wrote:You will need vermiculite, peat, and a blend of 5 different composts.

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t7452-mel-s-mix-how-strong-is-your-backbone

This is the basis of ANSFG. And it really works.

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Check, check, and kinda sorta check.

First, the ANSFG book is on order from the source. I'll wait on the cookbook. Some of my best work is with a pan, or tossing bowl, and especially with a table fork.

Second, now that's service, the link that is.

The macro's I've always added natural. The micro's I've come to learn needed some supplement. Some old Indian tricks have worked. But, forgive me, but I have come to use some aquarium products as micro supplement. Is that the root concern of the "five" compost rule?

The "kinda sorta" is that my compost comes from various "raw" sources. Five? I've gotta study.
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Post  Goosegirl on 4/25/2012, 5:54 am

@intothenew wrote:The macro's I've always added natural. The micro's I've come to learn needed some supplement. Some old Indian tricks have worked. But, forgive me, but I have come to use some aquarium products as micro supplement. Is that the root concern of the "five" compost rule?

The "kinda sorta" is that my compost comes from various "raw" sources. Five? I've gotta study.

For people who do not have their own compost bin/pile made out of all their scraps and clippings and manures, the 5-compost rule makes sure that you have enough nutrients for all the different types of crops you will be putting in your boxes. If you have to buy compost it is generally from a single source (mushroom compost, steer manure, chicken poo, etc.) and each source will not be complete in the nutrients for your SFG's. For anyone just starting up, the advice is to start your own compost system (a hidden pile in the back yard is fine! Very Happy ) so you will have what you need for later use, since you add a trowelful of compost to each square as it is harvested to replenish it for the next crop.

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Re: Hi from a Hillbilly

Post  intothenew on 4/25/2012, 8:23 am

Thanks for the replies, everyone.

Maybe I'm not as old.....uh.......old square...no...uh...old school, yea that's it, as I thought I was. My compost is a multi-blend home brew, just how multi could be argumentative.

One thing that I didn't hear in the mix is sand. I'll wait on the book for that answer, it should be here early next week. I'm gonna put my boots on and go tramp through the rest of the forum. I promise to stay on the paths.

Thanks again, for the welcomes and advice.
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