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Post  stlgal on 5/3/2010, 2:21 pm


Hi all!

Thank you for the fabulous forum! I am a first year SFGer, and am loving it so far! Our home is in a densely wooded area, at the top of a rocky hill, with the grade ranging from 20 to 35 degrees. The only sunny, level spot for our SFG was a corner of the front lawn! Good thing SFGs are functional and beautiful! Right now we've planted our early crops of herbs, lettuce, chard and kale. I also have some early tomatoes and zukes growing -- just to see how they do. We expect to have to add cages, or a critter fence fairly soon. Any and all feedback and comments are welcome!



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Welcome StlGal!

Post  ander217 on 5/3/2010, 8:35 pm

I'm always happy to welcome another Missourian to the forum.

I'm about three hours south of you between Sikeston and Poplar Bluff. This is my first year to convert part of my row-style garden to SFG, and already I'm sold on it.

What kind of tomatoes are you growing?

Your boxes look great. Can't wait to see more photos later when the boxes are all full and growing.

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Thanks for the welcome!

Post  stlgal on 5/4/2010, 9:28 am

Hello Ander! Thanks for the welcome. I have seen a few of your posts, and I was inspired to think another Missourian had found this technique successful!

Right now, I'm trying out early girls, a roma, and something called 'cherry burst'. But I plan on adding more throughout the season to see what works best. It has been an unusual Spring -- so we shall see!

Our dining table mainstays are greens like chard, kale and spinach -- which should be fairly easy to grow.

Do you have a favorite in the garden?



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Post  ander217 on 5/4/2010, 3:07 pm

I like all the greens you mentioned, but my workhorse is chard. It is the earliest to be planted, grows all summer, and is one of the last to freeze out. Most of the other greens don't grow well in the heat of summer. I'm growing Fordhook and Bright Lights swiss chard this year. It's my first time to try Bright Lights.

If I could only grow one plant it would have to be tomatoes. I have never eaten a store-bought tomato with the flavor of homegrown. I'm growing nine varieties this year, some heirloom, some hybrid, including Green Grape, Aunt Ruby's German Green, Yellow Pear, Sweet 100 Cherry, Yellow Plum, Red Italian pear, Big Boy, Rutgers, and a beefsteak variety I've forgotten - Big Beef, I think.

My husband's babies are sweet potatoes and watermelons. This year he's growing Nancy Hall sweet potatoes, and Moon and Stars watermelons. He's putting them in beds much like in Mel's original book, and he's leaving the gardening in SF boxes to me. I take my lawn chair to the garden and relax while watching him chop the weeds in his beds. I hope eventually to convince him to convert most of those beds to SFG boxes, but we'll have to do it a little at a time.

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