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Post  sanderson on 5/7/2015, 6:24 pm

I just received an email from Mel.  This is an opportunity I don't want the Forum to pass up.  

The National (xxx xxx) organization has a lot of influence in the gardening world and THEY are asking us -

"Hi Mel, Good point! ,  I would really love to provide our readers with some pointers on a SFG.  Your information is so valuable, I'd love to share it.   How can we make that happen?  (xxx)"

Mel continuing:  How can we capitalize on this opportunity to share SFG?  Got any ideas?  If we saw just one photo, story or statement by someone . . . . that would make a nice, point why SFG is better than ANY OTHER gardening method . . .

Can you guys share a photo or 2, a sentence or 2, on why SFG is the best gardening (not big ag, just private gardening) method.

If you post something and want to add, change, delete or substitute in the middle of the night, that's okay.  "We" will clean it up before submitting to the Foundation for consideration.

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Post  TinySpock on 5/7/2015, 7:57 pm

I'm 63 years old and have back and knee woes.  I've been following Mel Bartholomew since 1975 and his Square Foot Gardening methods and books have allowed me to grow beautiful vegetables and flowers in a small space in raised beds that don't require kneeling and bending.

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Post  sanderson on 5/7/2015, 8:28 pm

Thank you! That's what I had in mind. I see the water bucket and cup and the bee "bath" underneath! Very Happy

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Post  FRED58 on 5/7/2015, 9:01 pm

I am a complete rookie at SFG, and while I don't have any gardening results to share, I have to say that the SFG Forum has been informative, inspirational patient and educational without being judgmental. It means that newbies do not have to worry about any questions. The answers are waiting.
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Post  sanderson on 5/7/2015, 9:05 pm

The Forum thanks you kindly, sir!

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Post  herblover on 5/8/2015, 7:30 am

I have been using SFG for 5 years now; not a big garden, just 2 4x4 boxes but I keep us fed with salad greens, kale and chard (which I also freeze for the winter), onions for storage, as well as radishes, carrots, and peppers.  I have been amazed as how much I can get out of a small space, how manageable it is, and how it has contributed to the health and lifestyle changes we have been able to make.  My 72 yo mom first tried it a couple of years ago as her large row garden was grassed over several years ago after my dad died and she missed gardening.  It is perfect for her as well.
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Post  trolleydriver on 5/8/2015, 7:55 am

Like FRED58 I'm a rookie to SFG.  I am am thankful for Mel sharing his ideas with us and for this SFG forum and all the kind and helpful people. I now have my first two 4x4 boxes ready to plant. Keep inspiring us!
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/8/2015, 9:38 am

SFG certainly is a lot neater and easier to keep weeded than row gardening!
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A compact, tidy, space saving, and efficient way to provide supplemental garden fresh vegetables for your family.
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Post  sanderson on 5/8/2015, 3:45 pm

What, no more photos or comments? I know you guys like SFG. Very Happy

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Post  CitizenKate on 5/8/2015, 11:56 pm

After a disappointing attempt at row gardening in my backyard, square foot gardening offered some eloquent solutions.  The soil is always just right.  The square foot raised beds make an incredibly efficient use of space, and I never imagined I could grow so many different veggies in a 4'x4' space as you can with this method.

I'll try to get a new photo of my salad box in the next day or two, if the weather cooperates.  It is just BURSTING with edible delights at the moment.  Last week I harvested 3 times the amount of lettuce we could possibly use in a week's time, so the neighbors have been getting our surplus.
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Post  CitizenKate on 5/9/2015, 1:21 pm

My salad box, just before the 3rd harvest, and it did get away from me a bit this time!  (Sorry, the grass is a bit neglected this week.  Been rushing to get the tomatoes in this week.)

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Post  Tilth on 5/9/2015, 2:10 pm

Nice "salad box", citizenkate! Looking good.
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Post  walshevak on 5/10/2015, 7:32 am

Even a construction challenged senior citizen can have a tabletop.  Cedar bed kits lined with hardware cloth and landscape fabric on cinder blocks.  Three 1x4 supports are screwed to the bottoms of the beds to support the MM weight.  Beds are resting on 10 ft 4x4s slotted into the cinderblocks.  A later version used 12 ft 4x4s to allow more space between beds.


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Post  walshevak on 5/10/2015, 8:03 am

Is your natural soil just sand and even MM just doesn't hold enough water.  Here is a way to stop filling the water table and keep the water for your plants.  A water reservoir built of cinder blocks and lined with pond liner covered with a SFG box with hardware cloth and landscape fabric to hold the MM and wicking cups to keep the plants moist. 1x4s support the weight of the MM.  The pvc pipe is for filling the reservoir.  FYI, pull the liner up around the sides of the box and put in an overflow pipe to prevent mosquitos (not shown) or use Dunks in the water.





My next idea is to raise the cinder blocks anther rise, put on a layer of plywood to support the pond liner, then another rise of blocks to bring this to a tabletop level.

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Post  Judy McConnell on 5/10/2015, 8:34 am

My first raised beds (in 2006) were the result of wanting to return to a bit of gardening and finding that my soil was mostly shale and clay. Mel's earlier book was a guide to both making the boxes, gathering soil, and intensive planting.

This approach made it possible for my growing fresh food for the table.  Many plants did well and some did not.

More recently, I've begun to adapt the beds to Mel's Mix - a highly nutritious planting medium, and moving onto table top growing. Table tops are great for the old back and using grids make it so much easier to space plants/seeds.

I have become a believer!
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Post  Goosegirl on 5/10/2015, 9:09 am

My gardening efforts always gave me results, but keeping the weeds under control was such a challenge that I would usually give up mid-season and everything would become a tangled, depressing mess.  When I found the ANSFG book at a home improvement store I snapped it right up.  After reading just a chapter or two I KNEW this was the solution to the ugly jungle.  That spring I built 8 boxes of varying sizes and never looked back!
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Post  llama momma on 5/10/2015, 12:56 pm

If that 24 hour request was extended I'd offer thoughts and pictures if you still want input.  I've been distracted with family wedding.  Now I'm back on the forum again.
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Post  sanderson on 5/10/2015, 2:42 pm

Sure. I decided to wait until Monday and see what we have come up with. One teeny suggestion for anyone wanting to post a photo. Make sure if the grid shows, it is rigid, not string.

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Post  llama momma on 5/10/2015, 3:31 pm

Square Foot Gardening has exceeded my expectations every year.  I was greatly encouraged by the first season of success 5 years ago and started with one bed. Now I have 10 beds.  I have grown many things with success such as asparagus, beets, garlic, potatoes, herbs, cukes, tomatoes, strawberries, zuccinni, beans, and more.  This picture is an early attempt at harvesting one morning a few years ago, one proud and happy rookie!
 
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Post  CitizenKate on 5/11/2015, 1:44 am

@sanderson wrote:Sure.  I decided to wait until Monday and see what we have come up with.  One teeny suggestion for anyone wanting to post a photo.  Make sure if the grid shows, it is rigid, not string.
Guess that rules mine out... sorray.  I'm using string temporarily until I can come up with a good/working pvc drip irrigation grid, which I'm still working on.
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Post  sanderson on 5/11/2015, 1:49 am

Me also as far as a photo. My best beds have string at this time. Yes, I will change over because I like the ease of removing an replacing the wood grids when I work on the beds.

A photo(s) from prior years works, folks. And a sentence or two.

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Post  yolos on 5/11/2015, 6:13 am

@CitizenKate wrote:
@sanderson wrote:Sure.  I decided to wait until Monday and see what we have come up with.  One teeny suggestion for anyone wanting to post a photo.  Make sure if the grid shows, it is rigid, not string.
Guess that rules mine out... sorray.  I'm using string temporarily until I can come up with a good/working pvc drip irrigation grid, which I'm still working on.

That leaves me out also.  The only bed I ever had that was other than a string grid is my first 4 x 8 bed of strawberries.  And I hate that bed.  I took out the grid and never replaced it.
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Post  Razed Bed on 5/11/2015, 8:44 am

I had wooden square dividers, but I decided I would rather sneak extra plants and go without dividers, and I also vary my 4X4's by having 4, 1X4 rows. 

What this does is that instead of having 64 radishes in 4 squares, I have 80 radishes in a 1x4 row. 

I went to this because I was still getting weeds in my raised beds, and with my back and knees not being the best at the time, it was easier to just put extra seeds and not give the weeds a fair chance.

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