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Post  Veggie Tales on 5/3/2012, 8:53 pm

Hello all,

Last year we bought this wonderful book written by an gentleman named Mel and have been bitten by the SFG BUG. My wife found this forum and has really gleened ALLOT of information. And I must thank you for posting pictures so she knew exactly what she wanted. Smile We have completed our boxes and will hopefully be filling them up with MM this weekend (weather permitting). We started seeds indoors and they are doing very well. We decided to do only heirloom seeds so that we can save seeds at the end of the year. We have a bit over 300 squares to fill, so it will be a busy summer. We love to can, freeze and give away goodies so we hope this goes well. We will try to post a few pictures as soon as we learn how to. We do want to thank everyone for the great information posted here!!!! It has truly helped us out.
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Re: First time SFG in northern Wisconsin

Post  laufenberga on 5/3/2012, 9:02 pm

Another WISCONSINITE Good luck with your huge SFG. Where in Northern WI are you from? I have family around the Land O Lakes area and visit there occasionally.

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Re: First time SFG in northern Wisconsin

Post  Veggie Tales on 5/3/2012, 9:08 pm

We are in Ashland.... We moved here two years ago to be close to family. We love the Northwoods but we are a bit nervous about the short growing season up here. Lake Superior helps moderate temps a bit so that should help us out.
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Re: First time SFG in northern Wisconsin

Post  quiltbea on 5/3/2012, 11:06 pm

Welcome to the forum. You'll find lots of answers here when you need to ask. Very helpful gardeners always ready to assist. Enjoy your gardening.
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Our first attempt posting pictures...

Post  Veggie Tales on 5/3/2012, 11:43 pm

This is the before picture... Two years ago we moved in and this was the back yard. Overgrown trees and huge arborvitae's.



After clearing things away we built a fence... We still have some to finish...



All but two boxes built...



Our pile that will turn into MM...



Right now the pile of good stuff is sitting on a mound of 3-6 inches of rocks and a nasty ground cover that would not go away.

Quiltbea... Thank you for the warm welcome Smile
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Re: First time SFG in northern Wisconsin

Post  givvmistamps on 5/4/2012, 12:53 am

I wish I had your big back yard to grow in! Shocked Of course, you're the one who has to fill ALL those boxes with MM now...but you'll be in business big-time once that's done! I look forward to seeing things growing in those boxes soon. Very Happy
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Re: First time SFG in northern Wisconsin

Post  quiltbea on 5/4/2012, 11:25 am

Wow, I can't wait to see your garden up and running. You'll get lots of produce from those boxes. Good luck and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
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Re: First time SFG in northern Wisconsin

Post  littlesapphire on 5/4/2012, 1:20 pm

Wow, that's a lot of room to grow it! Can't wait to see it all green and bushy Smile
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Re: First time SFG in northern Wisconsin

Post  elysia on 5/4/2012, 5:11 pm

Yes take pictures as time passes if you are able - excited to see a garden of such ambitious size! bounce Looks fatastic so far!
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Re: First time SFG in northern Wisconsin

Post  kbb964 on 5/4/2012, 8:23 pm

Awesome ! Cant wait to see them filled
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Re: First time SFG in northern Wisconsin

Post  JennAndCompany on 5/4/2012, 11:23 pm


Ashland is a beautiful area!

Your hard work WILL pay off! Also, I have learned from this forum that some compost mixes also sometimes include peat, so some people are ended up with MM that dries out faster than expected because it had more peat than expected. Just wanted to pass that along, it was a surprise to me.

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Re: First time SFG in northern Wisconsin

Post  camprn on 5/5/2012, 7:28 am

Oh MAN! That is going to be a wonderful garden!! I love a blank canvas!! Very Happy


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Post  brenda g on 5/5/2012, 12:24 pm

WOW veggie tales, That is shaping up to be one fantastic garden -

I can't wait to see how it progresses!
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Re: First time SFG in northern Wisconsin

Post  Veggie Tales on 5/5/2012, 9:02 pm

Thank you all for the warm welcome!!!! We started filling our boxes today... And all I can say is it takes longer to fill than you would think. We did finish all of the floating boxes so we should be taking pictures as soon as the ones close to the fence are finished. If anyone new is setting up boxes I must recommend the cubic foot calculator on this website. It is looking like we will have the correct amount of MM. It is tricking estimating cubic feet when the package only goes by weight, but with a little luck and a great calculator it works very well. I would say there might be three secret ingredients that we didn't know is in the mix:

Blood, sweat and tears....

Well today just the first two Laughing

Thanks again for the warm welcome!!! We too enjoy looking at everyone’s gardens on the forum.
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Re: First time SFG in northern Wisconsin

Post  Veggie Tales on 5/5/2012, 9:10 pm

JennAndCompany,

Thanks for the Peat Moss warning. We used Hummus and we noticed when we received the bags it said Peat Hummus, so that is probably the case for that compost type. All the others looked good though.

So where in west central WI are you? We lived down in Menomonie for about 6 years.... We really enjoyed it down there also Very Happy
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Post  JennAndCompany on 5/8/2012, 1:07 am

@Veggie Tales wrote:JennAndCompany,

Thanks for the Peat Moss warning. We used Hummus and we noticed when we received the bags it said Peat Hummus, so that is probably the case for that compost type. All the others looked good though.

So where in west central WI are you? We lived down in Menomonie for about 6 years.... We really enjoyed it down there also Very Happy
I have a friend with a nephew at Stout (freshman this year). I live in River Falls and love it here!

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Re: First time SFG in northern Wisconsin

Post  Veggie Tales on 5/15/2012, 11:21 pm

We wanted to thank everyone for the warm welcome. We have started a posting in the garden showcase that continues our "veggie tales".
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Re: First time SFG in northern Wisconsin

Post  Kelejan on 5/15/2012, 11:30 pm

Welcome, Veggie Tales; I reckon you have the right non-de-plume for this guest book.

You must be putting in a huge amount of work and I am sure you are going to be well rewarded. Did you used to do row gardening? You certainly seem to know what youa re doing, but then, you have done your homework.

Re; Blood, Sweat and Tears; I hope you do not have too many of the third item.
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