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First time with SFG in GA...It's working!!!

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Post  jillwilliams1 on Thu 31 May 2012 - 7:26

Hello from Georgia,
I'm Jill and SFG is new to me this year; I'm a traditional single row grower. I've been toying with the idea of SFG for a couple of years and after last year's miserable crop, I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did! I've planted 5 boxes this year and have had to relearn and trust in some new ideas, but have made progress. This forum has been so helpful and I've had several questions answered that helped me really get my own SFG dialed in and I'm seeing results! I'm very hopeful for a good yield this year! Still learning how to use the forum itself...I've posted a recent pic of my progress, hopefully this link will take you there. Thanks everyone, and I hope you have great success with your gardens this season!
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Re: First time with SFG in GA...It's working!!!

Post  walshevak on Thu 31 May 2012 - 9:28

You have really been working. The beds look wonderful and the plants are healthy looking. Good Job.

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Post  givvmistamps on Thu 31 May 2012 - 18:48

That looks great! Thanks for sharing. Very Happy What part of GA are you in?
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Re: First time with SFG in GA...It's working!!!

Post  plantoid on Thu 31 May 2012 - 20:26

Nice one Jill .

I've only one observation for the asthetics ....next time you make a new bed and use thin strips to mark the squares , try turning the nail upside down and giving the point of the nail a sharp tap with the hammer .. then use it as a nail .. it should stop the slat splitting .

And ...as well ....if you leave the slat an couple of inches over hanging at each end then nail them and cut off the excess once nailed in place they will not usually have split either .
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Post  jillwilliams1 on Fri 1 Jun 2012 - 5:38

Thanks for the tips, suggestions and compliments! I was frustrated by the splitting slats....I also wished that I'd woven the slats before tacking down...I think it would have prevented bowing. But, I'm already making plans for next year and coming up with a layout design that will be more attractive and look more integrated with our lawn area, since these are so close to the house. Live and learn! Smile
@Michelle, I'm located about an hour due west of Atlanta......it's already getting hot! But the tomatoes and peppers seem to love it. I'm stringing and suckering my tomatoes this year instead of allowing them to go completely wild in a wire cage.....I think it's really going to help with the more confined space of the SFG....it's having an effect, the tomatoes have already set blossoms and I see more each day! I was worried about not getting enough fruit with suckering, since I like to can at least 75 quarts of tomatoes each summer.....but I'm impressed with the early blossoms....I have a total of 23 tomato plants across my 5 beds.....we'll see?
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