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Post  songstriss on 7/24/2012, 1:16 pm

Now that my new SFG is beginning to show signs of life I have a couple of questions. Do I water the whole square or just the little bowl indentation I made around each seed? Secondly, when do you put mulch down? Do they need to be a certain height and do you go right up to the plant or stay a little away? Are there certain plants you don't mulch? Lastly, my neighbor gave me a bag of shavings used for bedding. He says he uses it for mulching. Any thoughts on using it for mulching? I'm kinda limited on resources so can't just go buy something. I do have some red bark that someone else gave me. Is that an option? Sorry for the plethora of questions. There's so much invested in it already and this being my first SFG I want to get it right.

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Post  Lavender Debs on 7/24/2012, 1:45 pm

Oh boy, Songstress I bet you did not mean to ask your question in the cold, wet PNW section of the forum. Most of our water happens naturally and abundantly.

  1. I would sprinkle the square but not to the corners (does that make sense? if I had to water
  2. Generally mulch is not used in a SFG (in the PNW). In a dirt garden I put mulch within an inch or so of the stem. When the plant is larger it may grow into the mulch OR you can add more mulch right up to the stem.
  3. Personally I use wood chips and shavings between the boxes but not in the boxes. I use grass or straw to mulch my plants in a dirt garden.
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Re: New seedling questions

Post  songstriss on 7/24/2012, 1:50 pm

Sorry I didn't realize there are different forums. How do I get to the S Cal forum? Can I re-post my previous post or do I have to re-type it?

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Post  Lavender Debs on 7/24/2012, 1:58 pm

There is NOTHING to be sorry about! This is a huge Forum. I am sure there are people from your area who might read this (it shows up in "LATEST TOPICS" column to your left) and answer your important questions. As a PNW question, it is rare that we worry about water.

You can highlight and copy your post.
Then, go to the home page (click on the word in the green bar that says "Home")
Scroll down and you will find a list of regional forums, choose the area that describes your home garden.
Choose Post, Paste your message in the text area, remember to add a title and click send.

You are going to LOVE the people who post in your forum!

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Post  songstriss on 7/24/2012, 2:11 pm

thanks

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Post  yolos on 7/24/2012, 3:51 pm

I have done the same thing songstriss. One of the administrators usually reads the post and moves it the where you want it (if they know where you wanted it).

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Post  camprn on 7/24/2012, 4:39 pm

I have moved this thread from Pacific Northwest sub forum to General SFG forum.

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Post  rowena___. on 7/24/2012, 5:03 pm

watering: personally, i prefer to water an entire box and not just the plant base, especially in this drought. it is my belief, based on no research at all Smile that the drier portions of the growing medium suck the moisture from the wetter parts, so i wet the whole thing consistently.


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Re: New seedling questions

Post  No_Such_Reality on 7/24/2012, 5:08 pm

Depends on your climate.

If it's drier, water everything. If you do not, the peat in the mel mix will slowly dry out and then create a dead zone that your plants won't root through. You'll basically end up root bounding your plant in the center of the square.

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Post  RoOsTeR on 7/24/2012, 6:34 pm

@rowena___. wrote:watering: personally, i prefer to water an entire box and not just the plant base, especially in this drought. it is my belief, based on no research at all Smile that the drier portions of the growing medium suck the moisture from the wetter parts, so i wet the whole thing consistently.


I agree (for my gardens anyway). I have found in this dry heat, skipping parts just suck the moisture from others. I water the whole thing. Some things may get a little more or a little less depending on what they are, but the whole box is at least moistened. sunny

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