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Post  CotheK on 12/1/2015, 2:09 pm

Hello!

I am new to SFG and this forum.  I hope to make a formal introduction soon.  

I made a few small 2X2, plywood bottom boxes that will be raised a few inches on red brick and I have a couple of questions.

With a box that has a bottom do you still use the weed control fabric?

Do you just line the bottom or fit it up the sides? 

Thanks for any and all input!
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Post  Kelejan on 12/1/2015, 2:26 pm

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I do not think you would need anything under the wood bottom as it will be off the ground.  Others may have a different opinion but I would like to know as well.  I can always learn something new.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 12/2/2015, 9:14 am

Hi CotheK.  Welcome from Atlanta, GA!  Glad you've joined us...

Can't give you any advice on that since mine sit on the ground.  But I'm sure someone will pitch in soon.  :-)

You may also want to look thru the archives.  Just type in Table Top & all sorts of stuff should come up!
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Post  Zmoore on 12/2/2015, 11:48 am

My 2 cents.
I'd still use the "weed fabric" in the bottom.  In this case it kind of works in reverse, instead of keeping weeds out of your soil, it keeps soil out of your weeds Smile.  You should have drain holes in the bottom and you don't want the soil "dripping" out the bottom with the water and/or settling into the holes and potentially plugging them.
A nice snug fit in the bottom should be fine, don't have to go up the sides.
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Post  sanderson on 12/2/2015, 12:24 pm

CotheK,  Welcome to the Forum from Fresno, California! glad you\'re here

All of my boxes are off-the-ground.  As Zmoore said, you will need to drill some drainage holes in the bottoms of the plywood, so lining the bottoms with weed fabric will keep the Mel's Mix in the box.  (I run it up the side a couple of inches)  Have you read the book "All New Square Foot Gardening"  by Mel Bartholomew?   It is a valuable reference for SFG.

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Post  CotheK on 12/2/2015, 2:57 pm

Thanks for the replies and warm welcome!   thanks 

I did look through archives and thought about it.  I decided on lining the bottom with the weed fabric.
Kelejan, I am forever learning too!   happy hi

Atlantic Marie,  I'm glad to be here.  I love the support and making new friends!

ZMoore, You're right, I don't want my weeds feeding on my good soil!

Sanderson,   study I did get a copy from my local library and have read most of it... it is awesome!  and encouraging!  

It doesn't say what to do with kale.  So I'm going on the info on pages 15-16 about the spacing.  I have Italian Nero Toscana which says 18" plant space and 24" row space.  I have four seedlings inside and will transplant to one per square soon.  I plan to harvest ASAP so I'm not afraid to crowd it!

This is so FUN!! clap
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 12/2/2015, 4:45 pm

Didn't think about that this morning, but y'all are correct about that MM dripping out if you don't have the weed fabric.  (I was still drinking my coffee.  The caffeine hadn't hit yet...  That's my story!   Laughing )

CotheK, in all fairness, we have to warn you:  This gardening habit we have is quite addicting...!  Come spring we'll expect you to dress up like us in the official slug-hunting outfit, etc.  If you're married, your honey will probly think you've gone off the deep end.  

BUT - it will make it easier for presents!!!     sunny
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Post  sanderson on 12/3/2015, 2:26 am

Cothe, Kale - 1 per square is fine. You don't have to harvest all at once. You can harvest a few lower leaves at a time and it will keep producing into summer.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 12/3/2015, 9:16 am

, Sanderson!

Adding to that list, are you?  

Going to the orange box today to look at pricing for hoop-housing the beds.  And Mike was okay with it!!
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