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Post  simpletwist on 6/10/2013, 4:08 pm

Years ago in south Jersey I bought the book, used the recommended soil & fertilizer mix. And built 3 boxes. I was mostly very successful. Only did it one year and then I moved to Western NY.

I play disc golf, a LOT of disc golf. But unfortunately I had a large tear in the rotator cuff of my throwing shoulder naturally the throwing shoulder, and I had surgery in late Feb. I love to be outside and the weather, any kind of weather really doesn't bother me, but I couldn't play golf. Disc golf is a year round sport, even in the snow. And I could fish, ride my bike... Sad Around the same time my wife and I bought a Vitamix blender and started making green drinks everyday.

Then BAM, it hit me. Why don't we grow our own veggies and I know just how to do it. We have a postage stamp sized city lot, but room enough for a few 4x4 squares. So I got my wife and son and put them to work digging and mixing and mixing and digging. I did the best I could with just one arm.

We started in early April and I've already been harvesting kale, beet greens and lettuce. Herbs too.

Next year 2 more squares! My son is happy, no more grass to cut in the backyard.

I'm glad we did it and I'm glad I found a forum to share with fellow gardeners.
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Post  ETNRedClay on 6/10/2013, 6:09 pm

Sounds like a plan. I had cukes, squash, peas, and herbs from my SFG today.

Curious tho, have you read the new book?
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Post  gwennifer on 6/10/2013, 6:29 pm

Uh-oh, well if you do get and read the new book, you may want to hide it from your wife and son, or they'll expect some payback for all that digging they didn't have to do. rofl

Sorry to hear about your injury, but I'm glad you're back to the squares! And no more grass to mow too! Woo-hoo! We have a Vitamix too, I hope you post some of your green drink recipes in the recipe section. Welcome to the forum and congrats on your kale and lettuce, etc!
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Post  donnainzone5 on 6/10/2013, 6:31 pm

Yes! There is a simplified SFG method! No digging or tilling required, and most plants thrive in only 6" of Mel's Mix.

Please get the Second Edition of All New Square Foot Gardening before you add any more boxes. You'll be glad you did.
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Post  sanderson on 6/10/2013, 11:19 pm

Yes, get the All New Square Foot Gardening book. I bought a nice used one on eBay. I wouldn't have tried SFG if it was by the old method. It's now only 6" of non-soil mix! It's wonderful.
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Post  simpletwist on 6/11/2013, 8:18 am

Thanks for welcoming me aboard.

I'll have to check out the new version. But I'm old school, I like the digging. I think its half the fun.

As far as my recipes go I don't have any. I just blend stuff. Sometimes I hit a home run and sometimes well, I haven't made anything I couldn't drink.

For example today it was 1 of those elephant ear sized cabbage leafs, some kale, carrots, chia seeds, a mini cuke, celery, 1/2 lemon, pear, apple, & 2 oranges. About 12oz of water, and 6 ice cubes. That comes out to about 32 oz mixed. The wife and I split that.

I've tried a lot of different mixes; depends what we have. There is a recipe for chocolate mousse somewhere that involves avacado & dates. Not sure what else but, it rocks.

The recuperation is coming along nicely. I told the Docs my goal was to be a model patient. So I did what they told me to do and Now I'm out playing disc golf again albeit at a much slower pace. It'll be a year or more before it is completely healed if I stay on track.

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