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Post  doityourselfer on 4/14/2010, 1:30 pm

I just want to give everyone in the New England group a quick hello. I hail from western MA.

I am new to square foot gardening this year. I have been a row gardener since a child. Mel's first book was intriguing. After reading it, I bought his new book and laughed out loud when he started by saying forget everything in my first book!

I am thinking about 5 4x4 squares for three adults. I have a post in the general discussion section because, gasp!, I am thinking about not using Mel's mix. Not because of the formulation or anything (I think it's great) but because it is hard to assemble all the required components and is just as expensive as a ready made mix. I am probably going to use a potting soil / compost blend. I will let everyone know how it works out.

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Post  martha on 4/14/2010, 2:04 pm

My suggestion is that you use a potting soil that does not have fertilizer in it. Then you can add what you want - like Neptune's Harvest, or worm castings (I found a bag for not much money just this week!

I think you will be fine. And I don't think anyone will yell at you. Mel's mix is fabulous stuff, but better to SFG with soil than to not SFG! (IMO!)

And if anyone does yell at you, tell them (I wanted the one that has hands over the ears, but it doesn't exist - at least not yet!)
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Post  camprn on 4/14/2010, 9:01 pm

doityourselfer wrote:I just want to give everyone in the New England group a quick hello. I hail from western MA.
Ho there! Where are you located? I'm about 40 minutes from Greenfield. LOL, I agree w/ Martha! We do what we can with what we got! Cool
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just north of Springfiled

Post  doityourselfer on 4/14/2010, 11:12 pm

I'm about 20 minutes north of Springfield.
Have you planted yet?

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Post  camprn on 4/15/2010, 6:53 am

So you near Northampton? I moved to a new place last autumn so I am starting the garden from scratch. I have 2 varieties of peas, spinach, swiss chard all up from seed. Brussles Sprouts starts going in this afternoon, planting lettuce, beets, carrots from seed, hopefully this afternoon. Onion sets in, hopefully before the weekend. Oh yeah, the weathermen are calling for snow for us tomorrow...I also have tomatoes peppers and various flowers started inside.I am on my way...
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