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Post  Pappy Slip on 5/6/2014, 12:59 pm

Hi all,

I'm from East Tennessee. This is my 2nd season using this method. My honey and I liked it so much last year, this year I added on to our wonderful little garden. We now have six 4X4 boxes. I will post some pics of last years harvest and also our new additions. I took the project a step farther and built a few elevated boxes. These are great for the elderly. Just so happens this past weekend I setup one at a nursing home. They love it! 
Reading through this site I think most share my interest. I decided to join after quite sometime. I'm eager to learn more and who knows maybe share a tip that may help someone.


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Post  shegardens on 5/6/2014, 1:23 pm

Hi Pappy

I'm new to this site too and have already gotten some much needed help with my two new 4x4 beds....

What a great idea to set up a garden at the nursing home!

Gardening for all ages!  Last weekend I had about ten neighborhood kids (in addition to my own) -  all pretty young - helping me to dig out my old garden and set up my new one.  It was joy for all!

Happy Gardening!
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Post  sanderson on 5/6/2014, 3:14 pm

Pappy, Welcome to the Forum!  glad you\'re here  That is so nice of you to set up one at a nursing home. You are an inspiration.  Very Happy 
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Post  Pappy Slip on 5/6/2014, 4:31 pm

@sanderson wrote:Pappy,  Welcome to the Forum!   glad you\'re here   That is so nice of you to set up one at a nursing home.  You are an inspiration.   Very Happy 

Thank you  so much.
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Post  Pappy Slip on 5/6/2014, 4:40 pm

This is the garden box I setup for the nursing home.

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Post  boffer on 5/6/2014, 4:41 pm

Very nice!   

What have they decided grow?
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Post  Pappy Slip on 5/6/2014, 4:47 pm

@boffer wrote:Very nice!    

What have they decided grow?


Thank you. I don't know. They have a therapy group that will decide. I gave a few suggestions. They are excited to get started and it does my ole heart good to see this kind of response.

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Post  sanderson on 5/6/2014, 4:56 pm

Sweet!  I keep thinking about TT's at the Memory Care Facility where my Mother lived.  I haven't been back but they have areas that would be great.  I will have to go back and see if it's a reality.  It's only a mile or so from my house.  Problem is, anything growing will have to be totally edible, flower, fruit, stems, leaves and roots!   Very Happy  Dementia is a terrible thing, but the past is often well ingrained with multiple routes to the same memory.

Enough of this, back to Pappy and Georgia.
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Post  Marc Iverson on 5/6/2014, 5:31 pm

Welcome Pappy Slip, and what a great idea! Older people take a lot of comfort from gardening, and it's great to get them outdoors if you can.

sanderson, I never thought that a garden in a nursing home had to have only completely edible plants. Wouldn't something like tomatoes be fine so long as the elderly tenants were being supervised? Otherwise I guess you'd have to go for things like spinach and cole crops.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/7/2014, 1:13 pm

Hi Pappy.  Welcome!  Glad you've joined us.  I'm a bit north of Atlanta, so we're not too far from each other...  Only a couple of hours or so.

Can't wait to hear more about what the seniors decide to do with their garden!
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Post  sanderson on 5/7/2014, 1:17 pm

Marc, I replied in a new Topic I started: Gardens for Care Facilities.
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Re: Second Season SFGardner

Post  rabbithutch on 5/7/2014, 1:31 pm

Howdy, Pappy Slip!

Glad you found us and decided to join in.  Looks like you are well ahead in the game of SFG.  I've built 2 4x4s a 4x10 and a 2x7 table tops this year.  I've only got the 2x7 planted.  I have to make the MM for the other 3 and haven't found my roundtuit.

You didn't say what part of East Tennessee you're in.  I've got a brother in Johnson City.  He has spent the last 60 years in East Tennessee from Chattanooga to JC, even married a girl from Cleveland.  I spent the first half-century in NC and vacationed every year in the Smokies. (Moved to Texas about 20 years ago.)  That's a beautiful part of the world you live in.

Welcome.  And, don't be a stranger.
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Post  quiltbea on 5/7/2014, 5:35 pm

Welcome to the forum.  Maybe now we can get some of your good ideas since you decided to join us.
Great idea making a tabletop for the nursing home.  I'm sure they'll have a ball with it.
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