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Post  whoischristopher on 4/23/2014, 6:18 pm

Hi everyone!

I've had several gardens over the years, most of them variations of SFGs. However, this is the first year I've gone with the full method: raised 4x4 boxes, SFG soil mix, and.... Well, I haven't got grids yet. I can't find a cost effective solution that I like, so for now, no grids.

I have four 4x4 boxes and love them. Creating Mel's Mix was very time consuming but I am hopeful it'll pay off. The soil is so airy and rich; I love it! I am looking forward to learning from you all. Thanks for having me!  Very Happy

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/23/2014, 9:30 pm

welcome  Christopher!  Glad to have you!

Lots of good info and great folks here.

I'm about 40 miles north of the ATL, so not too far from you...


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Post  Gilly21 on 4/23/2014, 10:04 pm

Welcome.  I'm back after a year off due to relocation.  I'm now in Concord by the speedway.  SFG is no joke it works awesomely.

For my grids I measure 1' on the boarders and drill screws in with about 1/4" still exposed.  Then I tie string for my grids.  Its easy and you can remove it to turn the MM after the growing season.


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Post  jimmy cee on 4/23/2014, 10:22 pm

May I offer a reasonable suggestion for grids ?
Plastic clothesline, fastened on one end, the other end tied to a brick or other weight to keep line tight.
Works for me fine.

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Post  sanderson on 4/23/2014, 11:52 pm

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


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Post  Marc Iverson on 4/24/2014, 2:10 am

Welcome! MM soil is beyond great, and it will pay off as well as anything ever could. They always say "Feed the soil, not the plants," and with MM you're already starting OUT with fantastic soil, so how can you beat that?

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Post  rabbithutch on 4/24/2014, 2:16 am

Howdy, Christopher!

I spent the first 50 years of my life in Wake County - Raleigh to be exact - and got my degree from UNC-CH; so "Welcome" from a Tar Heel in Texas!

This is a good bunch of folks.  You'll like 'em and I'm pretty sure they'll like you!



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Post  catbranch on 4/24/2014, 1:06 pm

Hi there Christopher!

I'm a newbie to SFG-ing and was actually going to splurge on a couple of sets of the grid, but changed my mind when I saw how long it was going to take to receive them. I ended up doing the same "screw & twine" thing Gilly mentioned to make my own. It took about 10 minutes and cost less than $5. I'm very pleased with it as it was a much more economical solution and gave me instant gratification.  



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Post  whoischristopher on 4/25/2014, 9:00 am

Thanks for the warm welcome and suggestions. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all.



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Post  Kelejan on 4/26/2014, 1:27 pm

glad you\'re here whoischristopher (Chris?)  Lots to learn, and before you know it you will be gving information to newer newbies.
I did too, and was soon corrected in a kindly way, when I gave wrong information. Even That is a form of learning.  Very Happy  Oh, and there is no such thing as a dumb question, we only ask that you try the Search option at the top left-hand corner of the page to see if anything comes up. The Search feature is a mine of information. You will probably spend more time reading than gardening IMO.


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