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Post  paxmama on 4/9/2013, 6:13 pm

I'm Ashley. 26 yr old, married stay at home mom of three (ages 4, 2 and 3 mos).

I've never grown a single thing in my life until this year. I am having to start in containers since we are moving in June.

My tomatoes, romaine and onions already died. I either moved them in and out too much, packed the soil too hard or over watered them. Or all 3. So I replanted in small jiffy pots and put them in the window sill today. My herbs and cherry tomato that I did this with are doing very well, so I thought I'd give it a go. They were all in larger plastic containers. I used an organic seed starting mix and was taking them in and out intermittently since sprouting. The bell peppers and jalepenos did fine and the zucchini did really well. The arugula and spinach may be on their way out too Sad

I plan 2 2ftx4ft beds when we move with the following layout. The zucchini is taking up half of the first bed. Everything is quantity 1 unless otherwise noted. There will be 2 5ft trellises on each end where the tomatoes and peppers are. The zucchini will be staked and will grow vertically. The cherry tomatoes will be staked as well. Any suggestions? Any changes you would make? Any tips for growing my plants indoors for now being that I can't move until June. Have I simply started too late with my greens? I thought the shade from the zucchini might help in the first bed. Again, I've never grown so much as a single flower or herb in my LIFE.

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Post  VJ72584 on 4/9/2013, 7:28 pm

I live in SC so I'd say the weather is similar to yours. I just planted my garden this past weekend. I will buy a couple tomato plants instead of starting from seed. I thought I would start with seed, but got lazy over the winter and did not get ready on time. This is my second year having a square foot garden. I planted onions, lettuces and spinach in cold weather. I wouldn't worry about bringing those inside. If you plan to move, I think I'd plant in large plastic tubs. Depending on when you move you may not have time to get many plants to maturity. Did you start with Mel's Mix?

The tomato plants need quite a bit of space. I would not put more than one in a 2 x 4 box with the other things. It's trial and error to find out what you like and what works for you.
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Re: Hello from Morehead City, NC

Post  paxmama on 4/9/2013, 10:15 pm

@VJ72584 wrote:I live in SC so I'd say the weather is similar to yours. I just planted my garden this past weekend. I will buy a couple tomato plants instead of starting from seed. I thought I would start with seed, but got lazy over the winter and did not get ready on time. This is my second year having a square foot garden. I planted onions, lettuces and spinach in cold weather. I wouldn't worry about bringing those inside. If you plan to move, I think I'd plant in large plastic tubs. Depending on when you move you may not have time to get many plants to maturity. Did you start with Mel's Mix?

The tomato plants need quite a bit of space. I would not put more than one in a 2 x 4 box with the other things. It's trial and error to find out what you like and what works for you.

Well since tomatoes and peppers both grow up, I put them one plant in each square on the end with the trellis.

I did not start with mels mix, I used an organic seed starter. I had them all in big plastic tubs and thats how they failed so I tried again in the jiffy pots. If they get too big before we move, I will transplant them back to the big tubs.
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Re: Hello from Morehead City, NC

Post  cheyannarach on 4/10/2013, 1:43 pm

Make sure the tomatoes are indeterminate and keep them pruned and can plant one per SF against your trellis! The peppers don't need to be against the trellis, if they get big enough you could stake them but the don't grow tall enough to take up your trellis space! Do you have the book All New Square Foot Gardening?
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Re: Hello from Morehead City, NC

Post  DestaRidge on 4/11/2013, 8:15 am

I'm just a bit South of you near Matthews. I'm not putting anything in until this weekend. We had a strange spring, normally our last front is mid-March but we went well beyond that.

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