Square Foot Gardening Forum

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.


Display results as :


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» The Research Journey:Composting Leaves Only
by sanderson Today at 2:36 am

» California's Drought
by sanderson Today at 2:24 am

» Second Year SFG in Canada
by sanderson Today at 2:22 am

» CANADIAN REGION:What are you doing in October 2016
by Kelejan Yesterday at 10:47 pm

» The Research Journey:Back to Eden Organic Gardening 101 Method with Wood Chips VS Leaves Composting Garden Soil
by has55 Yesterday at 9:36 pm

» Can i just mix up the Mel's mix right in the garden box?
by Kelejan Yesterday at 6:15 pm

» Fall garden push
by Cajun Cappy Yesterday at 5:44 pm

» Testing MM Calculator
by pforrester1 Yesterday at 5:09 pm

» Sweet Potatoes
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:40 pm

» Tomato Tuesday 2016
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 4:06 pm

» When do I prep potted raspberries for winter?
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 1:19 pm

» Please Welcome Our Newest Forum Moderator!
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 12:07 pm

» who has chickens
by bigdogrock Yesterday at 7:12 am

» N&C Midwest: October Happenings!
by MrBooker Yesterday at 7:05 am

» Sanderson's experiments with Bio-Flora Ag Products
by dstack Yesterday at 6:13 am

» Flowers that easily reseeded
by yolos Yesterday at 12:07 am

» Jade Plant
by Scorpio Rising 10/25/2016, 11:21 pm

» Microbes...you gotta see this one !!!
by Scorpio Rising 10/25/2016, 9:53 pm

» Fun Spider addition to Home Page
by Scorpio Rising 10/25/2016, 9:49 pm

» The Research Journey:Growing in a Raised Wood Chip Organic Gardening Bed
by has55 10/25/2016, 7:16 am

» The Research Journey:Building Healthy Soil
by has55 10/25/2016, 7:13 am

» the Research Journey:How to Grow Large Healthy Organic Tomatoes
by has55 10/25/2016, 7:07 am

» Bountea Compost Tea - Got it!!!
by sanderson 10/25/2016, 3:23 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson 10/25/2016, 1:28 am

» Straw Bales with Seeds?
by donnainzone5 10/24/2016, 11:50 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by jimmy cee 10/24/2016, 10:44 pm

» Notice: Gluten-free Recipes Sub-Forum- Up and running!
by BeetlesPerSqFt 10/24/2016, 9:20 pm

» Our Newest Regional Hosts!
by Scorpio Rising 10/24/2016, 8:56 pm

» Indian Solar Gardening Calendar
by Scorpio Rising 10/24/2016, 8:52 pm

» Asia Region -Showcase of Gardens - Show Us Yours
by rajmahendra 10/24/2016, 8:36 pm


Search SFG Forum

High Desert Hello

View previous topic View next topic Go down

High Desert Hello

Post  bowhuntaz on 3/30/2013, 10:51 pm

Today, while picking up a few more seed packs at the local garden center, I spied the all new SFG book, and picked up a copy.
We got home, and I cracked the cover to see what the fuss was all about, and my was I blown away.
I suspect that I have found the solution to my gardenus overwhelmus whiptmybum that we suffered so severely last year.
We had a huge garden, and got mountains of delicious produce all throughout the year, but come August, we were beat down by the whole process and the sheer volume of stuff we produced.
Add to that heavy clay soils, insane amounts of rain all year, and mud up to our knees at at couple points, and you get the idea.
I needed a solution to mitigate the time investment into the garden, a solution to the sheer volume of produce we grew to budget it out more efficiently, and something easier on our bodies.
SFG appears to be the solution to all of the above.
I'm in the High Desert of Arizona, shortly moving into our new house on a glorious ten acre parcel we are picking up for a steal, with plenty of room for us, the dogs, ponies, and a few other nutritionally geared livestock critters yet to be determined.
First things first, though.
The seeds need to get started if I'm going to see any of my long growers fruit this year, and my tomatoes need to get their legs into some dirt in short order.
Two things I am looking into, and would supremely appreciate any guidance and wisdom on it, is companion planting.
I came across the idea a couple months back, but haven't found much in the way of lists or concepts on how to best determine plants that work well together.
Thanks in advance!


Posts : 10
Join date : 2013-03-30
Location : high desert prairie

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: High Desert Hello

Post  brainchasm on 4/2/2013, 9:23 pm

Wikipedia has a decent list of companion planting - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_companion_plants

There are of course books dedicated to it, and then there's still the controversy...a lot of people see it as so much mysticism, etc. And they may not be all wrong. Also, don't be surprised to find conflicting info (tomatoes companion onions, no they don't! ad nauseum).

Myself, I take it into consideration when I plant, but it's not the deciding factor. My garden is pure heirloom though, so i give it a bit more weight. Other than that, all I can say is Google is your friend! Good luck!

Here's another, more dense - http://downloads.smilinggardener.com/files/images/articles/vegetables/companion-planting-chart.pdf


I think my sunflower plant can take me in a fair fight...it's taller than me, and it keeps giving me dirty looks. Shocked

My garden progress:
MyFolia.com - Garden Tracking Community Find more about Weather in Las Vegas, NV


Male Posts : 463
Join date : 2013-02-26
Age : 40
Location : Las Vegas, NV

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: High Desert Hello

Post  bowhuntaz on 4/3/2013, 11:33 pm

Brain chasm,
Thanks much for the insight!
I do know that certain plants, like peas, fix nitrogen into the soil, which corn sucks up like a vacuum. Butternut squash also benefits corn and peas, however, tight now the reasoning escapes me.
it may be for shading the ground to help retain moisture....
Anyway, it's still a month out for me getting to actually play in the dirt at all, and that's assuming i can stand up two horse pens fast too!
Gotta love free horse manure for the compost pile!


Posts : 10
Join date : 2013-03-30
Location : high desert prairie

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: High Desert Hello

Post  Sponsored content Today at 2:56 am

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