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Post  once111 on 5/16/2014, 3:52 am

Hello. I'm from Rice, TX, a little spot on I-45 south of Dallas.  Blink and you'll miss it, unless your speeding...lol!  I am just starting SFG, actually I am starting and my Mom is growing.  Today I built two 4x4 boxes for her and got the mix done and filled in one of them.



I have been reading posts here for a few days, and I really like what I have seen.  It is nice to have people to bounce questions off, who have real experience with things I am/will be facing.  And the fact that there are allot of members from the DFW area, who live and deal with the same weather and climate issues I do (hot and humid, gotta love it), I know I will be able to get good advice for my local issues.

I am getting a bit of a late start this year, but I hope to plant in the next few days.  I plan on using, when I can, plants rather than seeds, to get a jump start on my late start.  I know I will have lots of questions for y'all, so please be patient with me.

Happy Gardening,
Clayton
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Post  walshevak on 5/16/2014, 7:42 am

glad you\'re here   One thing I noticed right away is the grass under your bed.  Most of the members find removing the grass or a layer of weedcloth between the grass and the Mel's Mix saves weeding problems later.  Tomatoes, peppers, okra, eggplant and direct sown beans should grow this summer and you are in a location for a great fall garden.


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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/16/2014, 8:40 am

Hi Clayton.  Welcome!

I'm guessing from the boxes I see in the background that you might be using them on the bottom of your squares...?

That's what we did WITH the addition of a good layer of newspaper and 2 layers of weed-cloth sandwiching it all.

Looks good!  I'm sure you & your mom will do great.
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Post  TxGramma on 5/16/2014, 9:44 am

Clayton, welcome to the forum. Not sure what depth your boxes are (assuming 2x6's) but you might want to consider adding another layer on top of them (a 2x4 would work). In our hot summers you will be glad to have it. You are going to need room to add some mulch to the top of your beds to help retain moisture and to keep the MM cooler. If you do that you will not have to water as often and it will help your plants during the hottest part of the summer.  I'm in the Houston area, my boxes are made out of 2x10's and the extra depth really does help. I have plenty of room to put 6-8" of MM and still have room for a couple of inches of mulch. I have to water less often after I added the mulch to my beds than when it wasn't on there. Tomatoes will be the main thing you will have to worry about as they will stop setting fruit once temps hit 90 degrees. If you can keep the plants and their roots cooler you will be able to keep them producing longer. Good luck and happy gardening!
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Post  sanderson on 5/16/2014, 1:07 pm

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

I second what Tx Gramma wrote.
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Post  once111 on 5/17/2014, 2:24 am

@walshevak wrote:One thing I noticed right away is the grass under your bed.  Most of the members find removing the grass or a layer of weedcloth between the grass and the Mel's Mix saves weeding problems later...  
I did do as AtlantaMarie said and put a layer of cardboard under the boxes to try and block out the weeds.  I read somewhere about this, and they claimed that in a few years the weeds/grass would give up and the cardboard would deteriorate and add to the compost.  I liked that idea, but I hope I didn't mess up by not putting a weed barrier down as well.
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Post  once111 on 5/17/2014, 2:32 am

@TxGramma wrote:... but you might want to consider adding another layer on top of them (a 2x4 would work). In our hot summers you will be glad to have it. You are going to need room to add some mulch to the top of your beds to help retain moisture and to keep the MM cooler... 
I like that. Today we were setting up the second box, and I talked about the taller boxes and mulch with mom.  She liked the idea right away, so I think we will be getting some 2x4's to add on top of the 2x6's.  Anything that will help with the 100 degree weather in the summer sounds great.  Does mulch help with keeping the soil warmer in the winter as well?  I know in houses insulation works both ways, so I wonder if that's the case here too.
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Post  walshevak on 5/17/2014, 6:41 am

@once111 wrote:
@walshevak wrote:One thing I noticed right away is the grass under your bed.  Most of the members find removing the grass or a layer of weedcloth between the grass and the Mel's Mix saves weeding problems later...  
I did do as AtlantaMarie said and put a layer of cardboard under the boxes to try and block out the weeds.  I read somewhere about this, and they claimed that in a few years the weeds/grass would give up and the cardboard would deteriorate and add to the compost.  I liked that idea, but I hope I didn't mess up by not putting a weed barrier down as well.
Cardboard can work.  I'm just glad you put something down.

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Post  yolos on 5/17/2014, 9:47 am

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@once111 wrote:
@walshevak wrote:One thing I noticed right away is the grass under your bed.  Most of the members find removing the grass or a layer of weedcloth between the grass and the Mel's Mix saves weeding problems later...  
I did do as AtlantaMarie said and put a layer of cardboard under the boxes to try and block out the weeds.  I read somewhere about this, and they claimed that in a few years the weeds/grass would give up and the cardboard would deteriorate and add to the compost.  I liked that idea, but I hope I didn't mess up by not putting a weed barrier down as well.
Cardboard can work.  I'm just glad you put something down.

Kay

I use cardboard on the bottom of all my beds and it works great.  I still get weeds blown in and from my own compost but they are easy to pick out.
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