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Northeast PA Sq. Ft. Gardener here!

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Post  Leighfluver on 5/2/2010, 3:02 pm




Hey everyone! I am joining in the fun if ya'll don't mind! I took these pics today.

This is stage 3 of 4. You are looking at pictures of 3 years' worth of work.

The first year we added the bottom(meaning down the hill) 3 - 4x8 beds. I purchased a bunch of bags of hummus from Lowes and Home Depot and we amended with vermiculite and peat moss. It was A TON of work. I did the whole tarp thing and wow. I got some great muscles that day! Since then I have needed to amend each spring with extra dirt due to settling, decomposition, etc.

The next year I purchased a load of mushroom soil from a farmer. It was still hot, so it sat until I could put it in the boxes at the end of May. (I am in Zone 5a in Northeastern PA.) I amended with vermiculite only as the soil already had peat in it. My then 8 yo son learned how to use the spade and consequently, after he filled all my boxes, we ended up with a hole where to dirt sat. LOL!!

THIS YEAR, you can see the newest 4x4 boxes that we added yesterday. I used plain old lumber studs from Home Depot (same with the rest of the boxes). I purchased bagged "garden soil" made by Miracle Grow, some organic and some not. The bag said it had peat already in it so I added vermiculite. I hope it has enough nutrients in it. We'll see. I will continue to posts pics as I go this year.

In the very first pic you will see my trellis setup. Eventually this year, each box will have its own trellis on the north side (side facing the farm and electric fence). I did it just like Mel said to do.

I am interested in seeing fenceposts used so grow melon, pumpkin and squash if anyone can point me in the right direction.

Well, let me know what ya'll think! Tips, tricks and compliments are always appreciated!

Someone said to me when I was buying all the bags of soil, "That's a LOT of dirt!" I replied, "Yup," with a GIGANTIC smile on my face! Gardening is my therapy.

Why do YOU garden? (so I can get to know you all!)

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Re: Northeast PA Sq. Ft. Gardener here!

Post  Leighfluver on 5/2/2010, 3:03 pm

Oh and I know there are no grids (YET). As the budget allows...

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Post  Ha-v-v on 5/2/2010, 3:32 pm

Hi there !! I too garden for therapy ! My garden is my sanctuary. Im new to SFG this year, row gardener for about the last 3. I found this forum to be so full of fun ideas and friendly people.

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Post  timcos on 5/2/2010, 6:22 pm

What a great effort...shaping up well.

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Re: Northeast PA Sq. Ft. Gardener here!

Post  Leighfluver on 5/2/2010, 6:52 pm




Oh! Let me show you my color-coded garden plan for this year as well! You will see in the scans that I have two horizontal 4x8 beds. I actually made a mistake drawing them and should have put them as 4x4 beds(the newest additions).

I would LOVE to see how potatoes grown in a garbage can work! I am nervous as our are ended up with BLIGHT last year! Any resources would be appreciated.

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Re: Northeast PA Sq. Ft. Gardener here!

Post  Theresa on 5/4/2010, 10:21 pm

WOW your gardens look great! A lot of work to get started, but worth it once done!
Your plans look great too! Can't wait to see it when it's all growing!

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