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Post  noomi on 4/2/2014, 8:14 pm

I am not having success introducing myself--what do I need to do????I keep clicking on Introduce Myself, but I keep getting a page with a lot of user names, some new and some old--noomi
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Post  68carguy on 4/2/2014, 8:46 pm

Welcome, looks like you posted okay to me. Good luck  and welcome to Square Foot Gardening Noomi! Very Happy
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Post  sanderson on 4/2/2014, 9:08 pm

Noomie, Welcome to the Forum!  glad you\'re here 

You did fine.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/2/2014, 10:27 pm

Hi Noomie.  Welcome!
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Post  noomi on 4/2/2014, 10:55 pm

Hi all: Thanks for the welcome. I have gardened before, but have retired from it since 1978. The house we moved into has lousy (Michigan Clay) soil. This will be the third year I am gardening, only the second time in the raised boxes. Did not have much success last year. Did not get a decent yield, except cukes and tomatoes, though the tomatoes were not as hearty as when I was growing in the clay. Lost my limas, beans, watermelons, cantaloupes, zucchinis, okras--no produce. the okras were harder than wood, even the small ones!!  Possible that I started toooooo late. So here I am again, to give it the old college try!--Noomi
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Post  sanderson on 4/3/2014, 12:04 am

Noonie, Did you use the SFG method in the raised beds last year? If not, that may be why so many plants failed. In SFG, the soil doesn't count, you don't use it. You can set a box of Mel's Mix on any soil, patio, bricks, pavers, lava bed, marble counter tops! Do you have a copy of All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew? If not, get a copy and watch gardening be fun!

If you have any questions, please ask. Folks here are so willing to help.
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Post  kauairosina on 4/3/2014, 12:32 am

and probably all of us here on the SF Forum second Sanderson's suggestion.  I was able to borrow Mel's All New Square Foot Garden book from my library but it is so good I bought one to use all of the time.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/3/2014, 8:30 am

Agreed!  Get the book if you don't have it already.

Also - last year was terrible for tomatoes (and everything else)!  I guess for us in the south, it was too much rain.  Although I got my best crop of blueberries ever!  But nothing else was happy.  I've heard that time & again...

So don't give up hope.
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Post  grownsunshine on 4/3/2014, 10:10 am

Welcome Noomi - from So Cal. Good Luck!!

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