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Post  peapicker on 7/16/2013, 3:13 pm

Hello square footers!

Hubby and I have had a very large row garden forever. We need to do something different, as we are getting older. Our garden is very productive but also a lot of work. Found Mel's book and am very interested. Love to garden. Thought we'd set up maybe 3 SFG beds this year yet and plan on lots more next spring. (We grow lots of veggies. I'm vegetarian.)

Has anyone done raspberries, blueberries using SFG beds?

I am excited to join all of you and learn from you.

Happy gardening!


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Re: New to SFG

Post  sanderson on 7/16/2013, 3:34 pm

Pea Pickers, Welcome to the Forum. glad you\'re here 

Do you have the All New Square Foot Gardening book? New SFG method is different as outlined in the original SFG book.

I'm a first year gardener and the only reason I am growing veggies is because of this method. It is so easy it's embarrassing. There are several members who have physical limitations and they just design the boxes and pathways to accommodate their needs and use easy ways to mix things. One scoop at a time. There are table top designs and supper high beds where you don't have to bend down. Etc.

Just follow the instructions in the book to a tee. It has been said that first time gardeners have an easier time doing this method because they have no past experience to cloud the issues.

Welcome and enjoy!

Ask any and all questions. There are a lot of helpful folks here.


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Post  mschaef on 7/16/2013, 4:16 pm

Welcome to the forum Peapicker!!! As for the questions you asked about the raspberries and blueberries. I have yet to grow them but other on here do and from what I have read they normally have a separate SFG for them. These plant are invasive and like the soil to be acidic. Some people add pine needles as mulch to help maintain the acidity. Good luck to you and you can search the forum for more information about them by typing them in the top left hand side box.


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Post  grownsunshine on 7/16/2013, 4:40 pm

Welcome Peapicker! Best of luck on your sfg. I'm sure you already know this from your experience, but the compost is probably the most important aspect of sfging. As a new gardener I had to bulk up the quality of my soil with worm tea and fish fertilizer. Keep us up to date on how things are going and don't forget to post a few pics.


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Post  peapicker on 7/16/2013, 7:13 pm

Thanks everyone. You have already been most helpful and encouraging.


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Re: New to SFG

Post  Marc Iverson on 7/16/2013, 7:51 pm


If you check out the do it yourself and also the non-SFG sections of the forum, you'll see some wonderful examples of ways to make things easier for yourself. The first one that comes to mind is a tabletop SFG garden. The older/more limited strength or mobility you get, the easier having one of those would wind up being for you.

Some people even combine their tabletop beds with a self-watering feature (a reservoir under the bed) so they don't even have to water every day -- just keep the reservoir from drying out. I think it was on this forum that I read someone say they built a tabletop for their grandmother, who can now garden from her wheelchair and is delighted to be gardening again.

Don't forget to check out the regional forums to get advice well-adapted to your climate.

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