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Re: A First Time SFG in Canada

Post  trolleydriver on 6/17/2015, 7:57 pm

I decided to harvest the stuff in the composter today.  I got a wheel barrel full of compost.  It probably contains some original soil from some clods of grass we threw in. We throw in our kitchen scraps, some grass clippings, weeds from weeding the flower beds, etc. I used some plastic hardware cloth to filter the compost and what did not go through the holes went back into the composter.











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Re: A First Time SFG in Canada

Post  Marc Iverson on 6/17/2015, 8:04 pm

What is this, compost porn? Very Happy All us gardeners perving on your compost ... it's indecent, I say!

Looks like wonderful stuff.
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Re: A First Time SFG in Canada

Post  trolleydriver on 6/17/2015, 8:15 pm

More photos of the flower non-SFG areas, in particular around the pond.


South edge of pond with Welcome stone.



Alysum pot with ferns in the background.



Hostas on east side of pond.



Mint grows like crazy around the pond.



The mint sometimes gets into the water.



Hen and chicks at the pond.



Hostas with mint growing like a weed in between them.



Elephant ear hosta. This is one of my favourites.  It grows huge.
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Re: A First Time SFG in Canada

Post  trolleydriver on 6/17/2015, 8:24 pm

And now for an update on the SFG boxes as of Wednesday June 17, 2015.

Cucumbers at the trellis in Box #2.



Melon ... it's got a lot of growing to do if we are going to get any melons.



Marigolds looking nice.



Pepper plant with spinach to the right.



Box #2 from the south side.



Part of Box #2 from the west side.



Box #2 from the east side.



Box #1 from the south side.



Box #1 from the west side.



Box #1 from the north side.



Pole beans in Box #2 are climbing the trellis.
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Re: A First Time SFG in Canada

Post  Turan on 6/18/2015, 12:22 am

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Re: A First Time SFG in Canada

Post  Kelejan on 6/18/2015, 12:36 am

I think you have magic green fingers, TD.  Oh, I know you have also put in a lot of hard work as well. Very Happy
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Re: A First Time SFG in Canada

Post  AtlantaMarie on 6/18/2015, 7:21 am

@Marc Iverson wrote:What is this, compost porn? Very Happy  All us gardeners perving on your compost ... it's indecent, I say!

LOL!  So what's your point?  I can think of worse things to drool over...  Laughing

Everything looks great, TD!  Congratulations on such a great harvest-to-be! 
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Re: A First Time SFG in Canada

Post  trolleydriver on 6/18/2015, 4:06 pm

First SFG harvest to be used in our new Vitamix blender.


The spinach square in SFG Box #2.




Harvested spinach leaves.




Spinach and other ingredients in the blender.




High speed blending.




The resulting green smoothie.



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Post  sanderson on 6/18/2015, 4:25 pm

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Re: A First Time SFG in Canada

Post  Cherbear on 6/19/2015, 10:25 am

Smoothie looks great! How did it taste? You have grapes, and what are the orangey things behind them?
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Re: A First Time SFG in Canada

Post  quiltbea on 6/19/2015, 10:36 am

Those orange 'things' look like carrots.  Always a good thing in smoothies.
Your garden is looking great.  It should be a wonderful year for you.  Good luck, cheers
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Post  Kelejan on 6/19/2015, 10:51 am

"GOOD HEALTH" TD.
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Re: A First Time SFG in Canada

Post  trolleydriver on 6/19/2015, 11:36 am

The orange things in the smoothie are carrots. The smoothie was great. I usually put in some banana but did not do so this time. Without the banana the spinach taste came through more than usual and my wife did not like it so much. 

In the SFG I have some red cabbage leaves that I can harvest.  I found a smoothie recipe for red cabbage and blueberries. Can't wait to give that one a try.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 6/20/2015, 7:14 am

Heaven knows I have plenty of blueberries!  Please post the recipe if it's good.  Laughing
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Post  trolleydriver on 6/21/2015, 4:55 pm

AM here is the recipe for red cabbage and blueberry purple smoothie.

http://tinyurl.com/qhkeu3g
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Re: A First Time SFG in Canada

Post  AtlantaMarie on 6/22/2015, 8:10 am

Ummmm....  Thanks, TD!

I did notice that there's 97 grams of carbs in there, so I'll have to cut it in half.  Or at least do something about all the banana.  But it looks really good.  And SUCH a pretty color!
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Post  trolleydriver on 6/22/2015, 9:25 am

AM ... The recipe writer says, "This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack."  That's a big smoothie! So cutting it in half or sharing it with others should do it. 
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Post  trolleydriver on 6/22/2015, 3:06 pm

Update for Monday June 22, 2015 on Box #2.

First the spinach.  Looks like it is starting to bolt. Should I harvest it all?




Box #2 looking good.  The pole beans have now gone beyond the top of the trellis.




Flower on pepper plant.




A small eggplant fruit developing on the plant.





Flowers starting on the melon plants.
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Post  sanderson on 6/22/2015, 3:24 pm

TD, Your garden is a great example of slowly converting a row garden area into a SFG.

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Re: A First Time SFG in Canada

Post  CapeCoddess on 6/22/2015, 4:37 pm

Beautiful! Flowers already, wow. I have buds on the peppers but no flowers yet. Yes, pull the spinach...unless you want to save your own seeds. I left in 2 of the best performers for seed this year.

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Re: A First Time SFG in Canada

Post  trolleydriver on 6/23/2015, 12:44 pm

Time to harvest the spinach square in Box #2. It's so exciting to see how well things grow in the SFG boxes, how easy it is to maintain, and how nice the crops taste. I have two squares now ready for replanting. What to plant? Decisions, decisions, decisions ...


In the SFG Box.




On the kitchen counter.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/23/2015, 12:47 pm

Mmm mm! So nice and fresh...and BIG. My spinach never gets big.

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Post  trolleydriver on 6/24/2015, 9:47 am

My SFG is going to be on its own for almost two weeks. I'm not sure what to expect when I get back. We've never had a problem leaving our tarditional garden unattended for a week or so.  Hopefully my neighbour will be kind enough to water the SFG if needed. The 14 day weather trend show 3 days with 60% to 70% chance of rain. I could return to find a jungle or a shriveled up desertscape. Today I need to plant a couple of squares that already have been harvested.
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Post  Kelejan on 6/24/2015, 2:28 pm

This will be interesting, TD.  Rather a jungle than a desert. Very Happy
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Post  trolleydriver on 7/6/2015, 9:18 pm

It's a jungle!  Been away for 12 days and just got back home late this afternoon.  The SFG boxes are now overflowing ... so much so that I cannot get the chicken wire cage back on one of them after I took it off.

SFG Box#1 with chicken wire cage still on.



SFG Box#2 with chicken wire cage still on.



SFG Box#1 with chicken wire cage removed.




SFG Box#2 with chicken wire cage removed.




Box#1 from the west side.



Box#2 from the west side.



Icicle raddish.
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