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It was a long build but finally got things growing, and growing, and growing....

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Post  mazzy on 5/30/2014, 10:34 pm

Hi all,

Due to sever mole problems I had to make "mole bunkers".  They were made from cinder blocks and cement (1st picture).  Turned out great!  What is even better is how plentiful and beautiful the SFG has become.  My first planting was with a couple 6 packs of Butter Crunch lettuce (see 2nd picture).  They were planted when we had about 5 days of 100 plus heat.  Within two weeks of the end of the heat wave they were overgrowing the area and we were eating them nightly.

Thanks to Mel for his tenacity in coming up with the PERFECT gardening method.

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Post  jimmy cee on 5/30/2014, 11:02 pm

Mazzy, they are great, I really like the craftsmanship you apparently possess..
Wont the blocks or covering absorb alot of moisture ?
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Post  mazzy on 5/30/2014, 11:12 pm

I covered with colored stucco.  We'll see how much they absorb after the first rainy season :>)  My biggest fear was that they would have adequate drainage so they didn't turn into 6 backyard mud swimming pools. Each bed has 6 inches of 1/4 inch drain rock with 10 drain spouts protruding into the bottom of the drain rock.  Should be okay.

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Post  sanderson on 5/31/2014, 12:44 am

Mazzy,  I just noticed that you have the drip lines and grids installed!  Very Happy Very SFG looking!
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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/31/2014, 9:19 am

lovely! That's amazing how the butter crunch grew in that heat. Are your grids one piece? For instance could you use them as a trellis also?

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Post  mazzy on 5/31/2014, 9:33 am

Thanks!  The drip line company was recommended by Sanderson...Dripworks.com.  I'm very happy with them.  Nice product, good price, and great service.

The grid was made out of 3/4 x 3/4 redwood 8' long sticks purchased at Home Depot.  I glued and screwed them together and I can lift each one off at one time.  Yes...they could be used as a trellis.  That's a good idea :>)  I really like the grids.  They make it easy to plan and keep track of the garden system.  Here's a link that shows the plan at the Territorial Seed website     http://gardenplanner.territorialseed.com/garden-plan.aspx?p=548529

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Post  Kate888 on 5/31/2014, 10:05 am

Those look wonderful!
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Post  quiltbea on 5/31/2014, 12:29 pm

Your garden is looking terrific.  You did a wonderful job.
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Post  Marc Iverson on 5/31/2014, 6:32 pm

Nice to see them completely finished, Mazzy! They look great, like a real asset to the yard should you ever sell the house. And that's great about the butter crunch lettuce surviving 100 degrees. That's about the norm for us during summers -- at least a bit of it coming and going, or even a month straight, like last year. I had thought the butter lettuces had a hard time in the heat, but I guess not. I'm surprised you didn't say that they hadn't turned bitter!
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Post  mazzy on 5/31/2014, 6:41 pm

Thanks for the nice complements.  I did not notice if the butter crunch had turned bitter.  The heat wave was just when I planted them so maybe it didn't have same effect as if it had been growing for a couple weeks. 

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