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Post  BKMurray on 7/20/2013, 2:57 pm

This is the third year of our square-foot gardening adventure.  We have two gardens and each is 4x8 and 12" deep.  We have added a removable fence of about 10" on the top edge of each garden due to some very hungry rabbits.  We're in Zone 5b in Central Ontario, Canada.  The gardens produce an amazing amount and are so much easier to maintain than rows.  It's a wonderful way to garden and I'm looking forward to learning a lot from my fellow square-foot gardeners!
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Post  sanderson on 7/20/2013, 4:15 pm

Welcome!  glad you\'re here  As a newbie, I have learned so much from the nice folks on this forum.  Glad you find this method easier than row gardening.  What a nice testimony.

Are you gardening according to the All New Square Foot Gardening book?  I only ask because you stated your beds are 12" deep.

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Post  BKMurray on 7/20/2013, 6:48 pm

Hi Sanderson,

Thanks for the welcome.  I'm afraid I'm going backwards in my process for SFG!  We had already constructed the beds using some grow-box corners that we had bought.  We went two layers deep and they have sunk down slightly into the earth; hence, the garden is about twelve inches deep.  It was after the beds were made that I started more reading about methods.  I have to confess that I have yet to read Mel's book.  It sounds like I had better get it and start reading!
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Post  sanderson on 7/20/2013, 11:50 pm

Yes, pick up a copy of the book.  I bought mine used off eBay.

Another member, Camprn, Moderator, said it best.  "This forum promotes gardening based on Mel Bartholomew's All New Square Foot Gardening book, released in 2006 and a second edition was released in 2013. To get our gist, at the home page, on the left, is the hover tab. The threads there are the fundamentals. The stickies found in sub forums are also fundamental."

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Post  TxGramma on 7/21/2013, 12:08 am

Welcome BK! Sounds like you have been having great success over the last few years! That's awesome...keep up the good work. My beds are 10" deep. While doing some research before getting started I ran across some info where someone tried MM at 6" and MM with deeper levels...8" and deeper and found that for them the deeper beds did better so I decided to make mine deeper than suggested and went with 10". I'm in a hot area so I figured even if it isn't necessary, it couldn't hurt and it would probably help...if not with the length of the roots then at the very least with keeping the beds from drying out so fast and helping keep the roots cooler. And it gives me plenty of room for not only deeper MM but also plenty of room for a thick layer of mulch. Glad you decided to join us and looking forward to seeing pics of your garden.
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Post  BKMurray on 7/21/2013, 2:05 pm

Thanks for the welcome!  I have now ordered Mel's book (2nd ed.) and look forward to its arrival.  I hope to be up to speed soon!
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Post  cheyannarach on 7/22/2013, 9:45 pm

Welcome to the forum!!  What are your beds currently filled with?  Just curious!  I think even though it's your 3rd year you will still really enjoy the book!  Glad you found us!
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