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Post  JonRigby2005 on 4/14/2010, 12:40 am

I've been reading a lot about gardening in general, and came upon sfg. Right now is my second season, my garden is in traditional inground rows, in 3 smallish plots around my tampa backyard. I am currently growing, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, blue lake bush beans, bell jalapeno banana peppers, carrots, scallions, radishes, lettuces, shallots, and several herbs. I think my gardens are unsightly, and the raised beds are much more asthetically appealing in an urban environment. Not to mention the fact that it will take years of ammending, or lots of money for me to truely have good soil in ground, and the raised beds take care of this too.

I am planning on building 2 4x4 beds by this fall, and adding 2-4 more by next spring. I've started composting in the back of my yard, and hope to have some good compost by next spring as well.

After i got my garden planted this spring, I cleaned house and spared some room in a large storage closet of mine. I mounted some closet shelving, and put 2x 4' shop lights over each shelf. So I am really looking forward to not only sfg in raised beds in the fall, but also finally starting my own transplants from seed. I put some basil, parsley, oregano, thyme, sage, and chives in there just so i can use it now, as i can be impatient. I may try some lettuce indoors too, when it gets to hot for it outside.

Just thought I'd let you know where i am with my gardening. You will probly see a lot of me here asking questions, trying to get things together for fall. When I start building, planting in my beds, I will post pics.



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Post  happyfrog on 4/14/2010, 6:48 am

ooh FUN!! it really is easier with sfg - i think you'll enjoy it - and starting seeds - i started doing that this year and i have to warn you, it's addictive! so much fun to do that, too! Smile

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Post  choksaw on 4/14/2010, 1:34 pm

Hello and welcome jon yay another tampa bay person your not to farf rom me im in New Port Richey yeah seeds starting can be very addictive i love the accomplishment factor when i see this awesome plant in my garden knowing i grew it from this itty bitty seed. this is only my 2nd season gardening here in florida and i understand your frustration with the beach they call soil around here i too am still learning but very crafty and im a search junkie lol, sounds like your off to a good start with everything deffinatly post up some pics so we can follow along with you. oooohhh befor and after shots would look cool, feel free to ask any and all questions we are all here to help eachother

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Post  JennaAnnMartin on 4/26/2010, 5:00 am

Hi Jon! I'm in Tarpon Springs and a Square Foot Garden newbie as well. Though I've been living in the area for about 10 years now, I'm really just getting into veggie gardening. I'm having such a hard time adapting to the seasons here. But, so far I really love the look of the Square Foot garden beds over the other trials I've been doing. It's great to have other locals to talk to about this stuff!


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