Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Hi Everyone
by AtlantaMarie Today at 4:19 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by AtlantaMarie Today at 4:16 am

» Mid-Atl - Feb 2018 - Anyone starting seed indoors yet?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 12:22 am

» Path Width
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 11:49 pm

» A new SFG fan from Texas
by sanderson Yesterday at 11:05 pm

» N&C Midwest: When are your starting seeds?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:37 pm

» Hello from Northern Ontario Eh!
by skidmoca Yesterday at 9:04 pm

» Eggplant - (Japanese) Millionaire
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:57 pm

» Floating Away and New Seeds!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:55 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:47 pm

» ahoy mateys from Arkansas
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:45 pm

» N&C Midwest: February 2018 !
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:37 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:22 pm

» Sowing Experiment! Anyone Tried This?
by Scorpio Rising 2/21/2018, 8:49 pm

» Fourth Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver 2/21/2018, 5:13 pm

» Your favorite blackberries or raspberries?
by AtlantaMarie 2/21/2018, 7:07 am

» Aerogrow by Miracle Grow
by AtlantaMarie 2/21/2018, 7:05 am

» Seed Organizing Ideas
by AtlantaMarie 2/21/2018, 7:04 am

» Areogardening
by BeetlesPerSqFt 2/20/2018, 9:54 pm

» 2018 SFG in Brooks, GA
by Scorpio Rising 2/20/2018, 9:39 pm

» has55's R & D Journey
by sanderson 2/20/2018, 1:55 am

» parsnips in square foot garden?
by sanderson 2/20/2018, 1:43 am

» WANTED: Pictures of Compost Bins
by bigdogrock 2/19/2018, 10:28 pm

» The New Square Foot Gardening Foundation page is now online!
by sanderson 2/19/2018, 6:40 pm

» February: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas
by sanderson 2/19/2018, 6:31 pm

» Invasive Tree Roots - Very important topic for newbies.
by sanderson 2/19/2018, 6:23 pm

» excited to be here!
by Kate888 2/19/2018, 2:57 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by sanderson 2/18/2018, 12:16 am

» New England Feb 2018
by sanderson 2/17/2018, 8:14 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by has55 2/17/2018, 8:17 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

Need help designing and building my SFG

Go down

Need help designing and building my SFG

Post  Robin Depaul on 9/24/2012, 11:08 am

Hi fellow SFGers, I have recently devoted myself to SFG. I literally have just stood in my So Cal urban backyard with string and rocks to rough out where my planters will go. Although I was going to purchase raised beds from Gardeners.com a young lady at church suggested I try out Newport Greenhouse in Tustin who probably could custom build them for me. I want them 34" tall, set on 2" pavers. (2) at 8 X 2 and (2) at 4 X 4 in a 300' plot. I was wondering is there any SFG memebers close to me who would like to help me with the design? study I am looking forward to meeting you. Thank you, Robin thanks
avatar
Robin Depaul

Female Posts : 11
Join date : 2012-09-18
Age : 59
Location : Orange County Southern California

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Need help designing and building my SFG

Post  No_Such_Reality on 9/24/2012, 12:37 pm

Based on the height, it sounds like you're looking for a raised bed that will be like the raised beds the Orange County Zoo just put in at the Irvine Regional Park.

They look good and they did them with the plastic-fiber wood composite stuff. It may be worth your spending the $5 to park and $2 to get in the zoo to look at them.

As for layout, it depends on your lot and the location of neighbors and heights of walls, buildings and their heights. If your lot is 20x15 or there about or narrower, be really careful with the height of their buildings and walls, particularly come fall/winter gardening. A neighbors two story could shade 1/2 or more of the lot.



No_Such_Reality

Male Posts : 560
Join date : 2011-04-22
Location : Orange County, CA aka Disneyland or Sunset zone 22

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Need help designing and building my SFG

Post  Robin Depaul on 9/24/2012, 12:56 pm

Whoa, The Regional Park....thanks for the tip and wood composite stuff. I really have no interest in getting down on my knees or even stooping unecessarily.
The 1/3 of my backyard is the sunniest and my 50 years old Jacaranda is my only shade concern; even at winter's lowest the sun will shine in this 22' X 20' foot plot and the yard is surrounded by ranch style homes and a 6' block wall. Very peaceful. Thank you for your reply. I am off to the Park to see these planters Very Happy


avatar
Robin Depaul

Female Posts : 11
Join date : 2012-09-18
Age : 59
Location : Orange County Southern California

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Need help designing and building my SFG

Post  No_Such_Reality on 9/24/2012, 1:35 pm

It's a very small area they had the planters in. It's on the side as after your go past the mountain lions and before you get to the peccaries and bears.

No_Such_Reality

Male Posts : 560
Join date : 2011-04-22
Location : Orange County, CA aka Disneyland or Sunset zone 22

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Need help designing and building my SFG

Post  Robin Depaul on 9/24/2012, 2:09 pm

OK, so it is in the zoo itself, interesting thank you!
avatar
Robin Depaul

Female Posts : 11
Join date : 2012-09-18
Age : 59
Location : Orange County Southern California

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Need help designing and building my SFG

Post  mollyhespra on 9/24/2012, 9:32 pm

Hi, fellow newbie!

I'm also about to embark on the SFG journey, but I'm a little bit farther along than you, it sounds, at least in that I have built the beds that will be filled (it's to be hoped) with yummy goodies come next Spring.

I did want to comment on choice of building materials, though. When I was researching options, I almost went with the plastic/composite wood faux lumber because I want the beds to last. BUT, when I read up on what they're typically made from, I thought YIKES! I don't even want to take the chance of any of that leaching into my soil/MM. Same goes for pressure treated wood.

So, I went with unpainted, unstained plain ole 2'x4'x8' Cedar lumber. I got a pallet full when they were on sale in late Fall last year & they sat on one corner of my lot under a tarp until I could get to building the beds this Spring. You can see what they look like in my post titled "Big plans for Spring 2013!"

I'm not criticizing anyone who uses the plastic stuff, I'm just explaining what my thought process & choices were in the hopes that it might help you out. Good luck! Smile
avatar
mollyhespra

Female Posts : 807
Join date : 2012-09-21
Age : 52
Location : Waaaay upstate, NH (zone 4)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Need help designing and building my SFG

Post  Robin Depaul on 9/24/2012, 10:19 pm

Hey mollyhespra, I agree. It always seems that plastic is the way to go but we all really know it isn't and pressured treated wood isn't for food source building material. I'll take a look at your post. I too am sticking with cedar, natures best. Thank you!
avatar
Robin Depaul

Female Posts : 11
Join date : 2012-09-18
Age : 59
Location : Orange County Southern California

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Need help designing and building my SFG

Post  Chopper on 9/25/2012, 2:11 am

I am with you on the 32" raised beds. My ideal. Just remember that you do not have to fill the whole thing with Mel's Mix. The top six inches is plenty.

Chopper

Female Posts : 2467
Join date : 2010-05-05
Age : 62
Location : Warner Springs, CA USDA Zone 8a, Sunset Zone 7 (I think)

View user profile http://thezimmermannfamilytoo.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Need help designing and building my SFG

Post  No_Such_Reality on 9/25/2012, 1:09 pm

I'd use redwood or cedar myself. I think they look better and ironically, I think the redwood isn't really any more expensive.

I myself like to do deeper planters. It allows more for settling and allows you to not fill right to the top.

I'm assuming you want something like http://www.cleanairgardening.com/eden-planter.html

Or this.
http://www.cleanairgardening.com/largarcenced.html

Seems like you could encase the second and maybe put some doors on for out of sight storage.

It seems like you'd be able to hire one of the pennysaver handymen to build a few like that in a day or so.

No_Such_Reality

Male Posts : 560
Join date : 2011-04-22
Location : Orange County, CA aka Disneyland or Sunset zone 22

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Need help designing and building my SFG

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum