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Post  Rob J on 6/15/2013, 7:05 am

Hello all.  Rob J here in Cass County Missouri.  Both sets of my grandparents had gardens and always canned their vegetables so, with the economy as it is my wife and I decided to try our hand.  I happened across the square foot concept and thought we'd give it a try. 

If this old man can figure out how to post pics I'll get them up.

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Re: New and already planning to expand.

Post  camprn on 6/15/2013, 7:37 am

Hey Rob J, Welcome to the SFG Forum!
Here is a link to how to do things on the forum.


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Post  ETNRedClay on 6/15/2013, 8:18 am

Hey, Rob J, welcome!

I'm a NOOB as well.  I carefully planned a 32"x32' and that was plenty, right?  That was Feb.  By March, I added two 3'x8s, a 3'x4' and a potato tower.  Not enough.  So by April, 4ea 4'x8' and a 4'x4'.  Mmm, need more space.  5 more 2'x2's. So Memorial Day, 6ea 3'x6' and I'm already figuring out Fall building plans because now I realize these three spots over THERE get a lot more sun then I thought they would.  But unless a windfall happens, I am out of budget this summer for more garden projects... but I'm making a LIST.  The front yard is HUGE and empty -- grass is not going to fill my freezer!

I've eaten a large meal out of my garden since April 1st, except the four days after pulling the salad beds and before the beans/squash came in.  But we're making up for it now.

I'm figuring out sucession planning and crop rotation as well.  And spacing.  And lessons' learned:

- My Mel's Mix is FAB and my lettuces took up a whole square EACH. 

- And in my herb gardens, lavender, rosemary, and sage are getting a 1.5'x1.5' and I'm not sure it will be enough. 

- My toms have completely taken over a 6' trellis -- so glad I didn't do just 4' and I'm thinking next year they will get 1'x2' instead of a single square because they are taking over the place even with pruning. 

- And anything that is on the dogyard fence gets eaten -- not by me.  Peas, squash, and herbs are mowed down as far as the rascals can reach.  CARNIVORE, you mutts, not HERBIVORE.  So the rest of the beds have a narrow walkway between reaching paws and plantings -- the width of a weedeater pass, take THAT!  (I'm still sharing.)

- winter squash completely takes over a 4-sisters bed, so next year I'm putting all large vining plants up on the barren terraces and let them take over AWAY from corn and beans and sunflowers, etc.  I'll use patty pan summer squash instead, they are staying manageable.

- PLANT MORE BEANS, can't have too many beans.

- PLANT NEW things.  Fennel is on my list.

- PLANT perennial fruits -- raspberries need their own bed, as do honey berries.

- PLANT perennial veggies -- walking onions are at the top of that list.

So, yes, I understand, MUST EXPAND.  gBg.  WELCOME!

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Post  walshevak on 6/15/2013, 10:22 am

I started with five 4x4 tabletops.  Not enough because I wanted a dedicated strawberry bed and I had planted garlic in one bed and it was taking up real estate for my spring veggies and trellised melons looked fun. So, added 5 more tabletops.  Still not enough.  HMMMM   tomatos and peppers are in buckets - 10 hot peppers, 10 sweet peppers and 20 tomatos.  Garlic has it's own cement mixing tub, so do the sweet potatos.   A neighbor gave me 2 pumpkin starts.  HMMM   ok, 2 cement flower troughs can be converted, the flowers are not planted yet. 

Yep, SFG is officially addictive.

Last year I canned tomatos and made green tomato dill pickles and green tomato chutney.  This year I have my eye on some squash, bean, and okra pickles. 

Interesting part of all this. I LIVE ALONE. happy2  But I've been know to share with the local food bank



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Post  mschaef on 6/15/2013, 10:39 am

:welcome:To the group and understand that SFG is very additive. I just wish I had my own place where I could expand. One day I will by than I hope the budget will be big enough to build all the boxes I want and get them fill with the good stuff, Mels Mix. I also want to start composting!!

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Re: New and already planning to expand.

Post  Rob J on 6/15/2013, 5:36 pm

Well, I went to post a few pics and got a message that new members can't link to outside sites for seven days. Guess I'll try again next weekend.
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