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Post  RedozMom on 1/29/2015, 11:27 am

I am new to SFG myself, however in my youth my father utilized SFG when he worked in his garden in PA. I am in region 8a.  I've done herbs in containers last summer, however I want to expand as I had to purchase cucumbers from farmers last year to make my pickles when I would rather grow my own.  I am curious on how to grow potatoes also. Any ideas or plans are helpful, thanks in advance everyone.

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Post  quiltbea on 1/29/2015, 11:33 am

glad you\'re here  to the SFG forum.  Lots of help can be found here so keep coming.  Check into your region's thread and see what's happening.  Its a good place to make friends that have the same problems and successes you have.

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Post  llama momma on 1/29/2015, 12:10 pm

Welcome from central Ohio!

Fire Away!  You can ask your questions directly to us and/or use the upper left hand white search box and put in Potatoes.
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Post  mschaef on 1/29/2015, 1:38 pm

Welcome to the forum. Feel free to ask questions and use the search box in upper left corner. Also the book has loads of information about the sfg method. Most libraries have copies you can borrow.

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Post  sanderson on 1/29/2015, 2:51 pm

RedozMom,  Welcome to the Forum from California!  glad you\'re here Your Dad probably used the old original method of SFG.  I encourage you to read All New Square Foot Gardening, 1st or 2nd Edition, by Mel Bartholomew.  No dirt/soil is used in this method.

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Post  walshevak on 1/29/2015, 9:02 pm

glad you\'re here  I have to agree, get a copy of the All New Squarefoot Gardening book  2nd edition is the most recent.  And welcome to the Lower South region.  However, you will find that you will get help and answers from all over, even foreign countries.  
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 2/1/2015, 7:59 pm

Hi Redozmom!  Welcome from Atlanta, GA - just right down the road!

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Post  Kelejan on 2/1/2015, 10:30 pm

glad you\'re here RedozMom
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Post  VJ72584 on 2/3/2015, 12:19 pm

Hi RedozMom,

I actually live near you in Darlington. I buy the vermiculite at the Farm Supply on Darlington Street in Florence.  They have a big selection of seeds and some composts.  They will have onions and potatoes to set out soon.  I have tried several ways to grow potatoes.  The biggest yield came from just planting them in the square foot garden and adding a high hat as they grew.  I will plant some in the next two weeks or so depending on the weather outlook.  I am going to try fingerling in the tubes this year and see if they produce better.  It seems like what grows well this year will not do so good next year.

Last year I had tomatoes until Thanksgiving.  I have not had good luck with cucumbers or squash.  The moth or the mildew gets me every time.  If you are growing from seed to transplant, now is the time to get started.

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Post  Pollinator on 2/4/2015, 11:52 pm

Hi RedozMom! I'm also in the Pee Dee. I planted my Irish taters a week ago. They need to be in very soon, or it will be too hot for them. Two years ago, I planted all my 'taters in a conventional garden, and it was too wet to plant until March 1. I got back just a little more than my seed, as it got too hot for them to produce.

I plant my fall 'tater crop around August 1-15, so they can be maturing in cool weather again.

Onion sets, English peas, carrots and other cool weather crops should be going in right now, as well.

It's a total waste to wait until spring to plant cool weather crops that just don't like heat. Most years I try a few spring collards, broccoli, English peas, beets, etc. and they usually don't amount to anything. They do far better as a fall crop. I am still pulling carrots, green onions and cutting side shoots of broccoli from last fall's crops.


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