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Post  Ajosin on Mon 11 Mar 2013, 6:35 pm

Here is my 1st SFG put together after reading Mel's latest SFG book. I raised the soil from the floor due to the neighbor's young maple tree lurking in the background (so the roots won't shoot like arrows into Mel's mix). Followed the book, except that I used roofing materials for the bottom of the boxes (lighter/cheaper and should last longer than plywood in my opinion). Can send pics of how to build a bottom of a box this way if anyone is interested.





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Post  CapeCoddess on Mon 11 Mar 2013, 6:38 pm

glad you\'re here

That progression is pretty cool. What are you grids made of?

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Post  Ajosin on Mon 11 Mar 2013, 6:41 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote: glad you\'re here

That progression is pretty cool. What are you grids made of?

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Cheap blinds (one of the materials that Mel recommends). Have a lot left over which I'm using as plant marker signs after cutting them into ~ 5'' strips that I can stake into the ground - works pretty well with a sharpie. Very Happy
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Post  Ajosin on Mon 11 Mar 2013, 7:34 pm

I forgot to mention, I used copper tape to repel the slugs (you can see it in the picture). Hope it works.
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Post  victoria on Mon 11 Mar 2013, 7:39 pm

That looks pretty cool ! Cant wait to see how they look all grown in - love the copper tape - looks pretty and it works great from what I have seen. What did you use on the bottom ? Very curious ....
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Post  CapeCoddess on Mon 11 Mar 2013, 7:48 pm

@Ajosin wrote:I forgot to mention, I used copper tape to repel the slugs (you can see it in the picture). Hope it works.

Please please let us know if this works. I have oodles of slugs and would love something that works (besides Sluggo).

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Post  Ajosin on Mon 11 Mar 2013, 8:19 pm

@victoria wrote:That looks pretty cool ! Cant wait to see how they look all grown in - love the copper tape - looks pretty and it works great from what I have seen. What did you use on the bottom ? Very curious ....

Sorry, I'm getting an error message about posting external links (something about being a new member).

To see what I used go to the home depot website and search for "8 ft. Galvanized Steel Corrugated Roof Panel".

I cut it in half with heavy duty kitchen scissors and screwed it to the bottom of the 4x4 frame.
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Post  Ajosin on Mon 11 Mar 2013, 8:26 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:
@Ajosin wrote:I forgot to mention, I used copper tape to repel the slugs (you can see it in the picture). Hope it works.

Please please let us know if this works. I have oodles of slugs and would love something that works (besides Sluggo).

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Will do, but there are very good reviews for the tape at amazon.com (search for "slug tape"). Unfortunately it is sold in 15ft rolls. It would be perfect for SFG if it were 16ft! Not a big deal for me due to posts/elevation on two of my three beds. I did bite the bullet and spend the money on a second tape to surround the bed that is on the ground due to the good reviews.
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Post  Lindacol on Mon 11 Mar 2013, 8:43 pm

@Ajosin wrote:
@victoria wrote:That looks pretty cool ! Cant wait to see how they look all grown in - love the copper tape - looks pretty and it works great from what I have seen. What did you use on the bottom ? Very curious ....

Sorry, I'm getting an error message about posting external links (something about being a new member).

To see what I used go to the home depot website and search for "8 ft. Galvanized Steel Corrugated Roof Panel".

I cut it in half with heavy duty kitchen scissors and screwed it to the bottom of the 4x4 frame.

How did you reinforce it? What about drainage? Did you drill holes in it?
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Post  Ajosin on Mon 11 Mar 2013, 9:26 pm

@Lindacol wrote:
@Ajosin wrote:
@victoria wrote:That looks pretty cool ! Cant wait to see how they look all grown in - love the copper tape - looks pretty and it works great from what I have seen. What did you use on the bottom ? Very curious ....

Sorry, I'm getting an error message about posting external links (something about being a new member).

To see what I used go to the home depot website and search for "8 ft. Galvanized Steel Corrugated Roof Panel".

I cut it in half with heavy duty kitchen scissors and screwed it to the bottom of the 4x4 frame.

How did you reinforce it? What about drainage? Did you drill holes in it?

I added one small lumber board (1"x4") across the middle of the box. Not sure if if is needed, but I added it just in case. You can see the edge of the lumber board if you look closely my profile picture near the center-bottom of the SFG box.

I did drill holes for drainage (just like Mel recommends in his book in the case of plywood).


Here are some pictures of the sheet as I was putting it together.




It is more than 24'' wide (25.75) so there is a nice overlap in the middle of the box.



The re-enforcing lumber board went perpendicular to the overlap.
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Re: New SFG in NC

Post  Dunkinjean on Mon 11 Mar 2013, 10:08 pm

Wow, great idea and your SFG beds look awesome!
Did you also have to line the bottom of the beds with weed cloth?
Will the galvanized steel make the beds too hot? (May be a silly question).
I love the idea of the copper tape for slugs. My son in West Falls, NY has a slug problem. I will definitely tell him about it.
Looks like you did your reading - best of luck!
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Post  Ajosin on Mon 11 Mar 2013, 10:58 pm

@Dunkinjean wrote:Wow, great idea and your SFG beds look awesome!
Did you also have to line the bottom of the beds with weed cloth?
Will the galvanized steel make the beds too hot? (May be a silly question).
I love the idea of the copper tape for slugs. My son in West Falls, NY has a slug problem. I will definitely tell him about it.
Looks like you did your reading - best of luck!

No weed cloth needed.

I think you are right about the temperature: metal will conduct the heat so the soil will cool/heat up faster vs. plywood. Hadn't thought of that. We'll see what happens.
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Post  Lindacol on Tue 12 Mar 2013, 12:02 am

@Ajosin wrote:
@Dunkinjean wrote:Wow, great idea and your SFG beds look awesome!
Did you also have to line the bottom of the beds with weed cloth?
Will the galvanized steel make the beds too hot? (May be a silly question).
I love the idea of the copper tape for slugs. My son in West Falls, NY has a slug problem. I will definitely tell him about it.
Looks like you did your reading - best of luck!

No weed cloth needed.

I think you are right about the temperature: metal will conduct the heat so the soil will cool/heat up faster vs. plywood. Hadn't thought of that. We'll see what happens.

I wouldn't worry too much about the temperature with metal only on the bottom. The bases for my tabletops are old, heavy, security screen doors and I am in zone 9B.

This side became the top of the base


This side is the bottom


These are the 2 beds in June of last year


My only concern for your beds is if there is enough support for the middle of the beds. Wet Mel's Mix can be very heavy. Along with the miscellaneous stuff I have stored under the beds noticed there is blocks supporting the middle.
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