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
» December Avatar: 'Tis The Season!
by trolleydriver Today at 7:28 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by AtlantaMarie Today at 5:46 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in December 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:31 pm

» Julia Child's French Onion Soup
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 8:37 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 7:18 pm

» jalapeno variety question?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 5:58 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 5:56 pm

» December: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 5:17 pm

» Indoor Container Garden - City Living
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 4:45 pm

» who has chickens
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 3:49 pm

» Air Fryer! HELP!
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 12:05 pm

» Spring Fever Anyone?
by plantoid Yesterday at 10:59 am

» has55's R & D Journey
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 8:00 am

» California's Drought
by countrynaturals 12/16/2017, 10:26 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Roseinarosecity 12/16/2017, 10:03 pm

» Sweet Potatoes
by No_Such_Reality 12/16/2017, 5:36 pm

» Areogardening
by trolleydriver 12/16/2017, 1:45 pm

» 1st Seed Catalog Arrived :)
by countrynaturals 12/16/2017, 11:55 am

» What's Up? Yukon gold potatoes!
by saganco 12/16/2017, 11:11 am

» N&C MW; Deep Winter December/January 2017-2018
by Scorpio Rising 12/15/2017, 7:57 pm

» Garden Clean-Up/Preparation
by Scorpio Rising 12/15/2017, 7:53 pm

» CarbSmart (tm) Potatoes
by sanderson 12/15/2017, 1:41 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by Kelejan 12/15/2017, 7:51 am

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals 12/14/2017, 11:01 am

» New England December 2017
by AtlantaMarie 12/14/2017, 6:32 am

» Sauerkraut & fermenting veggies
by brianj555 12/13/2017, 5:28 pm

» Tomato Questions
by sanderson 12/13/2017, 3:04 pm

» Mid-South: December 2017
by AtlantaMarie 12/13/2017, 8:24 am

» New Composter - Need Help Filling Correctly
by saganco 12/12/2017, 9:10 pm

» The Research Journey:cardboard covering of newly planted seeds
by saganco 12/12/2017, 1:15 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

I'm back!

View previous topic View next topic Go down

I'm back!

Post  moswell on 3/6/2013, 4:24 pm

Well, for those who remember me after six or so months off, I'm back. Smile I moved out of my rental house in NJ to a new rental house in PA. The hassle of removing all the Mel's Mix and re-seeding the area I'd gardened in with grass has convinced me that I won't be doing that again this year. I'm hoping to buy a house at some point in the next year, so I can put off a full-blown garden until I own.

In the meantime, my current backyard is half shade (no grass really at all) and half sun. There's an interesting little circle of bricks with dirt in the middle in the sunny part that I've asked my landlord about. If there's nothing major growing there, I'm planning on using that to do some SFG. Since the grass is already gone from that area, I shouldn't need to re-seed when I leave. Between that and the two 1x4 boxes I scavenged a year or so ago, I ought to be able to do the stuff I like the most: tomatoes, peas, peppers, and herbs. I'll hold off on my other favs, onions and shallots, until I have my own place.

While I didn't bring the Mel's Mix from my last place (too much of a hassle), I did manage to convince the movers to move my half-bag of vermiculite and a lot of mixed compost for me, so making a small amount of mix shouldn't be too bad. Phew!

Now the only question is: do I take a trip up to Rutgers Gardens in May to pick up the tomatoes I liked last year, or should I find someone online to buy them from? Smile
avatar
moswell

Female Posts : 361
Join date : 2011-04-28
Age : 41
Location : Delaware County, PA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: I'm back!

Post  Kelejan on 3/6/2013, 6:21 pm

Welcome back Moswell. Very Happy

I guess it was just as well that you did not move the main part of your SFG as you would have to move it again when you do finally move.
So just relax and enjoy what you can do.
avatar
Kelejan

Female Posts : 5014
Join date : 2011-04-24
Age : 82
Location : Castlegar, British Columbia

View user profile http://www.castlegarinkspot.ca

Back to top Go down

Re: I'm back!

Post  Dunkinjean on 3/6/2013, 6:57 pm

Welcome back Moswell.
It's great you are trying to have a SFG while you are renting. I know that once you have one you always want one!
Last yr I bought most of my tomatoes and peppers online at Burpee.com. I did go to the Rutgers AG day fair a bought another tomato (Rutgers) along with some parsley, etc.
The rest of my garden is grown from seed.
Good luck with your garden this yr. Very Happy
avatar
Dunkinjean

Female Posts : 675
Join date : 2010-05-05
Age : 63
Location : Central NJ - From 6A to 7A 2012

View user profile http://2jean@excite.com

Back to top Go down

Re: I'm back!

Post  moswell on 3/6/2013, 8:06 pm

Thanks guys! Right now I just can't imagine going a summer without home grown vegetables. Fortunately, the landlord said it was fine to use the space I had in mind. Since it's a smallish circle, I should be able to protect it from rabbits and at the same time use the protection as a trellis.Though if my new puppy hadhas her way, the rabbits won't last the spring!


ever seen to have luck growing from seed. SFG does a good job of preventing my terrible ability to grow things since I don't actually have to do much to it for things to grow.Smile Indoor seeds on the other hand, require much more attention and care than I seen to be able to provide.


I prefer the Rutgers Gardens sale to Ag day myself. Maybe I'll check out burpee to see if I can get those black krim tomatoes along with the Moreton Tomatoes I loved so much.
avatar
moswell

Female Posts : 361
Join date : 2011-04-28
Age : 41
Location : Delaware County, PA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: I'm back!

Post  Dunkinjean on 3/6/2013, 8:34 pm

Moswell,
When is the Rutgers Gardens Sale Day and where?
avatar
Dunkinjean

Female Posts : 675
Join date : 2010-05-05
Age : 63
Location : Central NJ - From 6A to 7A 2012

View user profile http://2jean@excite.com

Back to top Go down

Re: I'm back!

Post  moswell on 3/6/2013, 8:41 pm

@Dunkinjean wrote:Moswell,
When is the Rutgers Gardens Sale Day and where?
http://rutgersgardens.rutgers.edu/springflowerfair.html - May 10-12 (preview sale for members on the 9th). Rutgers Gardens is just up Ryders Lane from where the Ag Day usually is (right near all the farms on Cook Campus). It was the best thing about Rutgers to me. Well worth a trip at any time, not just during the sale (which is insanely popular). Closer to the event they'll put up this year's list of plants for sale.

Now that I'm working down in Philadelphia and living in PA, it's unfortunately not so convenient, alas. But I may go anyway, just for a trip and to show off the new pup to some people I know in New Brunswick!
avatar
moswell

Female Posts : 361
Join date : 2011-04-28
Age : 41
Location : Delaware County, PA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: I'm back!

Post  moswell on 4/9/2013, 4:21 pm

Well, I started my limited garden for the year. I've got a 1x4 section of my 4x4 box filled with MM and put some stuff in there.


I put a bottom on the box - here's hoping I did it okay. Just five 1/4 inch holes per square doesn't seem like a lot of room for drainage, but that's what the book said. Hmmm. I'm holding in the MM with a 2x6 cut to size, braced against the mix, and then held in place with bricks.

I've got two squares of peas on the left, spinach then romaine lettuce. Once it gets warmer I'll remove the lettuce and spinach, add another 1x4 row, and plant peppers and tomatoes. I've got a separate herb box in another part of the yard.
avatar
moswell

Female Posts : 361
Join date : 2011-04-28
Age : 41
Location : Delaware County, PA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: I'm back!

Post  quiltbea on 4/9/2013, 4:31 pm

Welcome back. I'm glad to see you have the start of a new garden. Small, maybe, but how thrilling to be able to still grow your own. It gets in our blood, I think, so even if we had to do it in pots, we'd SFG.
Good luck.
avatar
quiltbea

Female Posts : 4695
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 75
Location : Southwestern Maine Zone 5A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: I'm back!

Post  moswell on 4/9/2013, 4:33 pm

@quiltbea wrote:Welcome back. I'm glad to see you have the start of a new garden. Small, maybe, but how thrilling to be able to still grow your own. It gets in our blood, I think, so even if we had to do it in pots, we'd SFG.
Good luck.

Thanks! It does get into one's blood, doesn't it? The idea of going a whole year without homegrown tomatoes and peas was just too much to bear. Smile As it is, it's killing me that I'm not growing onions and shallots too. One more year, one more year (that is, if I can find a house to buy and find the money for a downpayment!).
avatar
moswell

Female Posts : 361
Join date : 2011-04-28
Age : 41
Location : Delaware County, PA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: I'm back!

Post  Triciasgarden on 4/9/2013, 5:44 pm

Good idea corralling your MM into an area you can grow in!
avatar
Triciasgarden

Female Posts : 1632
Join date : 2010-06-04
Age : 62
Location : Northern Utah

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: I'm back!

Post  Dunkinjean on 4/9/2013, 10:48 pm

Moswell,
I misquoted when I stated I do mostly seeds.
Basically I direct sow seeds - no indoor growing for me. (lol)
I do buy my Pepper and Tomato plants.
avatar
Dunkinjean

Female Posts : 675
Join date : 2010-05-05
Age : 63
Location : Central NJ - From 6A to 7A 2012

View user profile http://2jean@excite.com

Back to top Go down

Re: I'm back!

Post  moswell on 4/10/2013, 8:45 am

@Dunkinjean wrote:Moswell,
I misquoted when I stated I do mostly seeds.
Basically I direct sow seeds - no indoor growing for me. (lol)
I do buy my Pepper and Tomato plants.

Another one who can't grow indoors to save her life? Very Happy

Anyway, walked out to the garden today and saw a few of my pea shoots popping through! Hooray!
avatar
moswell

Female Posts : 361
Join date : 2011-04-28
Age : 41
Location : Delaware County, PA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: I'm back!

Post  Dunkinjean on 4/10/2013, 8:08 pm

Moswell,
Yeah, I don't do seeds indoor well.
But direct sow works for me.
That is so awesome that your peas are up!
My peas are almost reaching my trellis!! I planted a bit early since I was going away for about 2 wks. Lost a little bit of this and that to the squirrels. I did cover the boxes but one end blew off. Oh, well just planted more to replace.
The temps are going down already tonight.
Tomorrow I believe with be in the high 50's.
Next planting with be my Kaleidoscope carrots for Carrot week!
avatar
Dunkinjean

Female Posts : 675
Join date : 2010-05-05
Age : 63
Location : Central NJ - From 6A to 7A 2012

View user profile http://2jean@excite.com

Back to top Go down

Re: I'm back!

Post  moswell on 4/16/2013, 3:05 pm

Argh. My puppy got under my netting and attacked two lettuce plants. The little bugger!

I was at Home Depot today and saw some seed potatoes, so I picked them up. Since I fell and hurt my shoulder last night, I'll wait until the weekend to plant them. I've got some five gallon buckets I'll use for them and might buy a few grow bags online to take maximum advantage.

The peas are all coming up nicely - I think I'll put up the trellis this weekend as well. Hooray for gardening season. cheers
avatar
moswell

Female Posts : 361
Join date : 2011-04-28
Age : 41
Location : Delaware County, PA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: I'm back!

Post  moswell on 5/10/2013, 2:54 pm

I guess the cold April really affected my garden. I was looking at pictures from the last two years and by this point I had peas. This year they're still working on climbing the darn trellis, let alone producing flowers and peas! I put them in only a week later than last year I think. Oh well, they'll come eventually I guess.
avatar
moswell

Female Posts : 361
Join date : 2011-04-28
Age : 41
Location : Delaware County, PA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: I'm back!

Post  quiltbea on 5/10/2013, 3:06 pm

moswell.....I tried a bucket of potatoes this year to see how that works. They're looking good so far.

This was taken on 4/28 and they've grown a bit and I've added a bit more compost since. Planted 3 red poatoes 3/21.
avatar
quiltbea

Female Posts : 4695
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 75
Location : Southwestern Maine Zone 5A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: I'm back!

Post  moswell on 5/10/2013, 3:39 pm

@quiltbea wrote:moswell.....I tried a bucket of potatoes this year to see how that works. They're looking good so far.

This was taken on 4/28 and they've grown a bit and I've added a bit more compost since. Planted 3 red poatoes 3/21.

Yum! I've got some potatoes that I just finally got around to planting this past weekend. I've got my hopes up for good things. Last year I don't think I provided enough ventilation and openings for aeration and I ended up with fewer potatoes than I was hoping for. This year I'm using ten-gallon grow bags to see what they're like.
avatar
moswell

Female Posts : 361
Join date : 2011-04-28
Age : 41
Location : Delaware County, PA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: I'm back!

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


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