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Post  Misia Pedro on 6/28/2012, 11:56 am

So my grandma has been SFG'ing for the past 5 years and every year she has managed to out produce my traditional row garden. I did some research then picked up the SFG book and started out on a project for the winter.


Reclaimed cedar from the local casino, my buddy works at the dump as a composter and gave me a heads up.


I ran a circular saw down both sides of the cedar then used a hammer and stone chisel to split it. Chainsaw made quick work cutting the wood down to size.




a 4x4 box weights around 100lbs, the boards are about 4 inches thick.



My soil is insanely rocky, hated having to till it each spring.


Misia Pedro supervising the project.


Misia Pedro charging the mix with her secret powers.



Looking good.


June 25th




Tons of hot peppers and tomato's! I make hot sauce if you're why so many peppers and tomato's, lol.
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Post  Kelejan on 6/28/2012, 12:05 pm

It took you five years to start taking notice of your grandma? You sure are a slow learner; but you are doing a marvelous job now and you need to till no more in your rocky ground, ever.

, and thanks for the pictures. We love pictures. Kelejan

P.S. Let us know if you outperform grandma this year.
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Post  llama momma on 6/28/2012, 12:34 pm

Fantastic Job, gorgeous, I love what you've done. Great pic of little girl passing her Special Powers, precious. That outranks your efforts ya know Laughing The use of natural products like bamboo, excellent. Enjoy your efforts. Be sure to use her Special Powers sparingly over the entire growing season and all will be wonderful. Razz
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Post  southern gardener on 6/28/2012, 1:12 pm

wow!! amazing! what composts did you use?? thanks for the pics! took a few minutes to download, but worth the wait!!
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Post  quiltbea on 6/28/2012, 1:52 pm

What a super attractive garden plan. I love it.

Grandmas can be pretty darn intelligent, you know. I'm glad you finally decided she had some smarts in her brain box and you should follow her lead.

Good luck.
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Post  CharlesB on 6/28/2012, 1:54 pm

Super job. I could sit out there for hours and soak it all in.
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Post  ramarks on 6/28/2012, 2:01 pm

Welcome to the forums. Great - all out effort. Absolutely beautiful.
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Post  Glendale-gardener on 6/28/2012, 11:09 pm

oh my! your garden is beautiful! you put my 1st year garden to shame!
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Post  Misia Pedro on 6/29/2012, 8:26 am

@southern gardener wrote:wow!! amazing! what composts did you use?? thanks for the pics! took a few minutes to download, but worth the wait!!


Thank's for all the great comments! Yeah, it was hard work but well worth it and the accomplishment feels great. I have a feeling grandma will be taking notes from me this year, lol.

I use a food waste compost, the tribe collects all the food waste from the local casino, trout hatchery and surrounding businesses and composts it with a wood mulch, it's amazing stuff. I make my own compost also from my left over food waste as well and also have a red worm composting bin but mainly just use the worm poop to make tea. Maybe I'll take some photos of the operation the tribe has going on.
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Post  camprn on 6/29/2012, 9:20 am

A Very nice garden! I am coveting the cedar beams. You will never have to nake new bed boxes. What a Face

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Post  Momof5Js on 6/29/2012, 9:35 am

Stunning garden. You did an amazing job and everything seems to be growing so well. Keep up the great work!
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Post  walshevak on 6/29/2012, 1:21 pm

Does the tribe sell the compost to the general public. It would be a great source to tell our western NC members about.

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Post  Misia Pedro on 6/29/2012, 10:26 pm

@walshevak wrote:Does the tribe sell the compost to the general public. It would be a great source to tell our western NC members about.

Kay

Yes the tribe sells and delivers to the general public, I know they deliver to the Cashiers area and sometimes even further. They also sell "Millings" which is the by-product of the gravel making process (crushed rock). They will even mix the millings and compost together for you. I know remineralization is becoming very big. They also have a human waste compost that is free and a human waste compost mixed with double ground mulch that they charge for. I'll take some pic's Monday if I get time.
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Post  walshevak on 6/30/2012, 1:31 am

Interesting about the millings. I have heard of crushing rocks and oyster shells into dust to boost the minerals in compost/garden soil so the veggies have a better mineral content.

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Post  Misia Pedro on 6/30/2012, 8:26 am

@walshevak wrote:Interesting about the millings. I have heard of crushing rocks and oyster shells into dust to boost the minerals in compost/garden soil so the veggies have a better mineral content.

Kay

I ran across this site doing some research. remineralize.org
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Post  JustMe on 6/30/2012, 10:08 pm

Fabulous garden! I'm sure your grandmother is proud of your garden too. Is your current SFG harvest the same, more or less than your previous garden set up?

Hope you share some of your bounty with your friend who tipped you off to the cedar.

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Post  Misia Pedro on 7/1/2012, 10:33 am

@JustMe wrote:Fabulous garden! I'm sure your grandmother is proud of your garden too. Is your current SFG harvest the same, more or less than your previous garden set up?

Hope you share some of your bounty with your friend who tipped you off to the cedar.

This years SFG is blowing my past gardens out of the water, I'm guessing it will easily out produce it by 5x, seriously. While the SFG is the biggest factor I'm sure my use of worm tea, maxicrop seweed and fish emulsion as foliar sprays are helping also.
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Post  Misia Pedro on 7/13/2012, 12:29 pm

Rain everyday for the past two weeks here, starting to get some fungus on my tomatoes. I hope it dries out soon. I had to use a ladder to extend the tomato trellis today.

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Post  camprn on 7/13/2012, 12:44 pm

WOW! Look at that garden! So beautiful and lush. Congratulations on your beautiful garden.

A few years ago I had to use long branches cut from a tree to prop up the top of my 10' tomato plants. The next year I built an overhead trellis system.

If you get out your pruning shears and prune the tomato leaf stems, from the ground up, do not prune above the lowest fruit, this will increase the air circulation and hopefully slow down some of the fungal action.

I likey your windmill! Very Happy

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Post  LA Vertical SFG on 7/13/2012, 1:18 pm

ZOMG this is so incredible!

What a beautiful space - you did such a great job!!!

So well considered.

Ps. Your small magician should be able to help with the fungus, no? happy hi
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Post  Misia Pedro on 7/31/2012, 11:33 pm

Got the blight under control and the garden is literally on cruise control the past week.


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Post  GWN on 7/31/2012, 11:40 pm

Wow your garden is beautiful both the structures and the functions......You must also like cooking, with all those great veggies
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Post  Misia Pedro on 7/31/2012, 11:56 pm

I actually make and bottle hot sauce with most of the veggies from my garden, but yeah I love to cook and EAT! lol
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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/1/2012, 1:23 pm

Holy jamoley! I'm moving to NC.

What a garden!!! It's like a jungle! cyclops

Please keep the photos coming. It gives me hope.

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Post  southern gardener on 8/1/2012, 2:10 pm

just drooling over your pics again! Amazing. What kind of food compost do they make? I'd love more info. I so badly want my garden to be full and lush like that. Do you have any more current pics??? Wanna drool some more!!
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