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New SFgardener in Belgium!

Post  Saartje on 4/30/2010, 6:12 am

Hi everyone,

I'm Sara, and I just started my SFG one month ago. I'm a GP in a free clinic, a mother to two and pregnant with my third, so my time an energy is limited! Nonetheless, I have a nice garden, and I like gardening, so I decided to start with something manageable... a SFG.
In March I made 7 2x2 'boxes' with bricks from our old fireplace. I didn't use Mel's Mix, just use our local soil, which is very fertile. I am making compost to add after each harvest, to keep it rich. I also plan to make a combination of crop rotation and SFG. Since I don't want to grow potatoes, I have 2 years of starwberries instead. I made a very nice plan of my garden, but already I'm feeling that it's not so perfect, because I'm really waiting for the radishes to be ready foor harvest, so I can get my broccoli and cabbage in. My peas are growing well, but the beans aren't showing, and the 'pastinaak' (a kind of carrot) is not germinating either...

I'll take some pictures soon.

Sara

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Re: New SFgardener in Belgium!

Post  Icemaiden on 4/30/2010, 6:18 am

Hi Sara
I'm a newbie too!
Is your pastinaak bigger than a carrot and white? I think it is like a parsnip and they can take a while to germinate. I sowed some yesterday and the packet says 14-32 days. When did you sow yours?

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Re: New SFgardener in Belgium!

Post  LaFee on 4/30/2010, 7:13 am

Welcome, Sara -- good heavens, I don't know when you have time and energy to breathe with all of that (but I admire you for all of it!)

We were just in Brugges last weekend...all the flowers are so gorgeous, I'm not surprised it's very fertile.

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Re: New SFgardener in Belgium!

Post  timwardell on 4/30/2010, 10:08 am

Welcome to the Forum. It's great to see new SFG'ers from all over the globe.
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Re: New SFgardener in Belgium!

Post  WardinWake on 4/30/2010, 5:23 pm

@Saartje wrote:Hi everyone,

I'm Sara, and I just started my SFG one month ago. I'm a GP in a free clinic, a mother to two and pregnant with my third, so my time an energy is limited! Nonetheless, I have a nice garden, and I like gardening, so I decided to start with something manageable... a SFG. Sara

Howdy Sara:

Welcome to the SFG forum. You picked the right gardening method to have a garden that is manageable. As you become more advanced with your pregnancy you may find that bending may be a bit burdensome. That is one area that SFG excels. SFG's can be built to table top height so that bending is not needed. Just put a solid bottom on the garden and drill some small drain holes and put the garden on a stand of some sort and you can garden standing up. Others are placing SFG's at a height that folks in wheel chairs can garden with little difficulty.

So a hearty welcome and

God Bless, Ward.
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Parsnip = pastinaak?

Post  Saartje on 5/4/2010, 5:23 am

@ LaFee: Yes, I think you're right, a pastinaak is exactly like a big, fat, white carrot! But I sowed mine more than a month ago, and still can't make it out. A complicating factor is of course the fact that I use the existing soil, so a lot of weeds are sprouting faster than my parsnips. They are all very friendly, annual weeds, like marigolds and nasturtium, but I'm afraid to pinch any of them just yet, in case a parsnip seedling looks just like a marigold seedling... We'll see what comes of it. If nothing shows, I can always try sowing in small rows, that should make it easier to make out which ones are the goodies, and which the baddies.

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Re: New SFgardener in Belgium!

Post  Mirjam on 5/4/2010, 1:39 pm

Hi Sarah,

pastinaak is the same as parsnip, and mine took from march 13 till april 17 to show just the tiniest little green leafs...they are very, very small, so you can easily overlook them or mistake 'em for something else. It seems they will grow into rather high plants though... I'm very curious what they will look like, and whether or not I've planted them in the right spots to be able to reach all other veggies by the time they grow big!

Mine look like this now (the one in the middle, I planted carrots around them), but at first you could only see the small "kiemblaadjes", a bit like spinach-seedlings, but shorter. the cloud-shaped middle leafs came a bit later.
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Thank you Myriam!

Post  Saartje on 5/5/2010, 3:37 pm

Hallo Myriam,

Dankjewel voor de foto! Ik ga toch nog een tijdje wachten voor ik de pastinaak opgeef en iets anders zet. Ik weet nu immers waar ik naar op zoek moet, en de onkruidjes zijn ook nog heel klein. Je hebt toevallig geen warmoes (ook snijbiet genoemd) zaailing in je tuintje, want die laat zich ook nog niet zien!

Groetjes en veel succes met je tuin!

Sara

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Re: New SFgardener in Belgium!

Post  Mirjam on 5/5/2010, 4:55 pm

een fotootje van m'n jonge snijbiet vind je op m'n blog: snijbiet
Inmiddels zijn ze al uitgegroeid tot aardige plantjes (heb er al wat van in de sla gehad!).
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