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Hi, from Gainesville, FL

Post  GatorKrista on 4/20/2010, 12:37 pm

Hi, my name is Krista. I am new to square foot gardening. I just finished installing my first two boxes! I have an 8x8 (it was on the property when we purchased the house) and a 4x8 (which I just built). Both boxes are filled with the mixture Mel suggests in his book.

My brother started a SFG last year and I was totally surprised when his harvest was almost double what mine was (I had a traditional row garden). I decided to switch over to a SFG when I purchased my house in Nov. So far I have started seedlings and am anxious to get it started!

I am planning to take pictures of my boxes and upload them. I joined the forum to get tips and suggestions about SFGs.

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Post  happyfrog on 4/21/2010, 8:10 pm

fun!

i would suggest you put a board or something down across the 8' square so you can walk across and harvest from center - as it will be very difficult to reach the center squares.

i think you're going to love sfg! the 'secret' is to the grid and using mel's mix - 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite, and 1/3 of at least 5 diff compost sources.

look forward to seeing you post in the various forums! gardening is such fun and sfg is down right addictive - the weeds are really minimized with this style of gardening and come high summer you won't be discouraged, but instead PROUD to show off your awesome produce laden garden! Smile

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Re: Hi, from Gainesville, FL

Post  GatorKrista on 4/22/2010, 12:57 pm

That is a good idea! I was already planning not to use the two inner most columns because I couldn't imagine how on earth I would be able to reach that far in. Putting a board across will definitely help me to reach everything I need to. Off to the lumber store I go!!! Smile

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Re: Hi, from Gainesville, FL

Post  WardinWake on 4/24/2010, 4:43 am

@GatorKrista wrote:That is a good idea! I was already planning not to use the two inner most columns because I couldn't imagine how on earth I would be able to reach that far in. Putting a board across will definitely help me to reach everything I need to. Off to the lumber store I go!!! Smile

Good Morning GatorKrista:

One of the founding principals laid out in the book, "ALL NEW Square Foot Gardening", is to make your beds no wider than 4 feet. That width allows you to reach in from all sides to plant, water and harvest with ease. If you have not planted you might consider removing the boards of your 8'X8' and cutting them to be 4X8 feet or 4X4 feet. If you have planted consider removing and cutting the boards after your last harvest this year. Your last harvest may not be for a while as Gainesville can be gardened all year around! I was raised in Macclenny northeast of you by about an hour where the soil needs everything but sand.


If you have small children at home a 3X3 foot garden is just their size and they will learn and enjoy gardening with you. SFG can be incorporated into home schooled lesson plans with ease. You can even get lesson plans from the SFG Foundation that are ready made for home schoolers . If kids are in public/private school the lesson plans can still be used at home. There is a growing movement to put SFG in schools across America and support for such movements can be found through the Square Foot Gardening Foundation. If you are interested let me know as I have contacts who are teachers in the public schools that are doing wonderful work with the kids and teaching all subjects including math, history, English and more. To contact me click on the PM button at the top of the screen and type in WardinWake.

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