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hello from england!

Post  greengrass on 2/6/2013, 6:22 pm

hi everyone

first time for me trying sfg!
i may need assistance Smile

i have read lots of advice so far - seems a great place.

i need to update my profile first.
bye for now
gg
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Re: hello from england!

Post  Goosegirl on 2/6/2013, 8:51 pm

welcome gg!

Europe has a great Regional Host: Plantoid (aka Dave). He will be able to give you lots of help! SFG is the easiest gardening you will ever do. Have fun with it and keep us posted with your progress.

Another GG!
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Re: hello from england!

Post  GWN on 2/6/2013, 8:56 pm

WELCOME gg, should we have a CAPITAL GG and a small gg,....
Please tell us about your garden.... are you new to gardening too?
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Post  Kelejan on 2/6/2013, 9:49 pm

glad you\'re here greengrass (gg) happy hi
My husband was a Lancashire Lad. He was born in Salford, Manchester.
Let us know how you get on. We give newbies every help and encouragement we can. Very Happy
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Re: hello from england!

Post  plantoid on 2/7/2013, 10:12 am

@greengrass wrote:hi everyone

first time for me trying sfg!
i may need assistance Smile

i have read lots of advice so far - seems a great place.

i need to update my profile first.
bye for now
gg

Hi GG,
welcome to the amazing world of compost stirrers and spreaders Laughing Embarassed

Seeing you've been brave enough to log in and join up you'll be OK. , it's a friendly site they don't bite .. well not many Wink

I'm the European part of the growers .. it's amassive area ,zillions of people & has a tremendous seasonal weather spread.

You are ideally suited for UK as most of our seedsmen use a line drawn across the UK about where you are as the sow dates for their seeds .

I'm a Yorkie ( somebody has to be one Wink , living in South Wales just north of the West end of the M4.
Because of the distance being 150 miles of so further south than you I cqan usually get away with 10 days earlier sowings .

I've cleared two of my SFG beds ready for putting a warming up sheet of mat black pond liner in them so I can get away with carrots on the 15 April 9 site fun competition )

I'm happy to help you with things as will most people on the site .

If you can, look on the home page in the main index a few inches down is the Compost arena and have a good read of the compost threads ...... some sound advice in there , it might help you decide to start making your own compost as soon as possible . For the as all row gardners know , " The secret lies in the soil " , or in our case in the quality of Mel's Mix in our square foot beds.
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Hi from wales

Post  royd63uk on 2/7/2013, 11:01 am

HI and welcome i started last year with some success it is a good growing system.
My problem was sowing too much to quickly and didn't have room for successional sowing,will change that this year.
Roy

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Hi from wales

Post  royd63uk on 2/7/2013, 11:02 am

HI and welcome i started last year with some success it is a good growing system.
My problem was sowing too much to quickly and didn't have room for successional sowing,will change that this year.
Roy
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Post  greengrass on 2/7/2013, 2:14 pm

@royd63uk wrote:HI and welcome i started last year with some success it is a good growing system.
My problem was sowing too much to quickly and didn't have room for successional sowing,will change that this year.
Roy

thanks everyone, i will be asking!

royd63uk when you say too much too quickly, do you mean that you
filled the sfg beds all at once and then got a glut of veg all at once?
does this mean that i always need to leave some spaces in the bed for later in the year to sow successionaly?
ta gg
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Re: hello from england!

Post  royd63uk on 2/7/2013, 2:34 pm

Hi gg
yes i am afraid thats what i did,you need to leave some areas free for successional sowings/planting
Roy
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Re: hello from england!

Post  greengrass on 2/7/2013, 2:49 pm

ok will have to think about that then
cheers roy
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Re: hello from england!

Post  quiltbea on 2/7/2013, 7:06 pm

Roy, Welcome from Maine in the USA.
I'm afraid I don't leave spaces for things later. I fill them in but with some crops that I know will be done and finished before I need the same space for a fall sowing. You can juggle things so you've got crops growing all season long in all your spaces.

To be safe, being new, you might want to leave a couple of spaces free for something you might want to try in mid-season or later.
It takes a little practice to know how your particular area works for continuous harvests.

In any event, the growing of your own fresh, great-tasting food is a winner. Welcome and enjoy.
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Post  royd63uk on 2/8/2013, 4:13 am

Hi Quiltbea
Thanks for that it does make perfect sense,perhaps radish then beans or something like that,its a learning curve.
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Post  plantoid on 2/8/2013, 6:05 pm

@royd63uk wrote:HI and welcome i started last year with some success it is a good growing system.
My problem was sowing too much to quickly and didn't have room for successional sowing,will change that this year.
Roy

ooops done it twice

Our climate was so ideal in rain and mid temps last year for may crops that I doubt anyone managed many successional sowings . Most of my brassicas and root crops swamped all the supposedly catch crops in the beds .

Mel has a good tip . Try and think through what you will consume each week of the years and write it out week for week then plan to sow in time to get that crop the week that youb planned to have it . This saves you sowing too many seed all at once or not enough .

Sowing certain seeds ssuch as brassica's in a light covering of vermiculite in small pot is usually better than sowing a small seed bed in the ground .

Using Mel's idea of a grid and the spacings guides allows you to individually station sow directly where you hope the plants will appear.
If you have lots of weeds in your beds , mark each seed sown with a marker label and snip off what you percieve to be weeds with scissors.

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In the beds sown new carrots seedlings look like cuttable grass shoots so do onion & leek seeds .... guess how I know Embarassed Laughing
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Re: hello from england!

Post  royd63uk on 2/9/2013, 6:49 am

If you have lots of weeds in your beds , mark each seed sown with a marker label and snip off what you percieve to be weeds with scissors.


excellent tip thanks

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