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First SFG's - a learning experience!

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First SFG's - a learning experience!

Post  kstephens on 6/2/2012, 1:29 pm

I had planned on creating these a few weeks earlier, however, I had surgery, and my 3 year old twins received a giant cedar playset for their birthday - so I had to wait on recovery, as well as for the playset to be built and work around that. It also took the better part of a week and several hundred miles of driving to track down the compost for Mel's mix (next years addition of two more boxes 1, of which will be a 2x8 dedicated to climbers will be much easier). I have a decent size backyard, however 75% of it is shaded for a large portion of the day. The current location receives a good direct sun from 9:30-3:30, and another little burst from 6:00 to sunset. I did a mix of transplants from a local garden store, and some from organic seeds. They are both 4x4 x 8" deep, using cheap blinds for grid (will be upgrading to lath for next year).

Here is my garden #1

Back row - Okra/Okra(from seed)/Green Bean (seed)/Green bean
Row #2 - Jalapeno/Jalapeno/Green Bean/Green Bean
Row #3 - Red Bell pepper/Swiss Chard (seed)/Swiss Chard/Yel. Bell
Row #4 - Carrots/eggplant/eggplant Carrots
the carrots a short variety given to me by a friend that has had success with them in a SFG

Garden #2 - I built the trellis out of conduit - as in the book. The only difference I found some larger diameter 20" stakes rather than rebar - so I used 3/4"conduit.

Row #1 - Cucumber, Tomato, tomato, tomato
Row #2 - Merrigold, leaf lettuce, leaf lettuce, leaf lettuce (seed)
Row #3 - Pimento Pepper, Green onion (seed), Habanero/hab(Seed)
Row #4 - Parsley, different ball carrot/raddish/arugala

My plan is to dedicate one of these current beds to a garlic and shallot bed for fall-summer (a couple of different garlic and shallot sets have been ordered) - and maybe do a late summer/fall cooler weather round of chard/lettuce...if time permits.

This first year round, is strictly a learning experience - and my only expectation is to gain some knowledge of growing in raised beds - if I get some production out of it it will be a bonus.


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Re: First SFG's - a learning experience!

Post  JustMe on 6/3/2012, 11:56 am

What a great start! How neat that you have a friend who also has a SFG.


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