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Post  sherwhoz on 1/16/2016, 3:21 pm

Love the concept. I live in the Sandhills of NC! I hope to get back into this after a couple of years of not being able to garden.  Very Happy
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Post  sanderson on 1/16/2016, 3:31 pm

Welcome to the Forum from California! glad you\'re here Yes, I have to agree that SFG is a great way to garden.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 1/16/2016, 4:01 pm

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

Feel free to ask lots of questions. We just LOVE to give advice! (And we usually take it pretty well too, lol.)

Do you have a copy of All New SFG, Edition 2? It's a great help.... If you don't, you might check your local library...
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Post  sherwhoz on 1/16/2016, 4:15 pm

I do indeed have a copy of the second edition. I've been reading it and rereading it.  Very Happy It's much more relaxing than teaching school!!! LOL
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Post  littlesapphire on 1/16/2016, 4:21 pm

Hi and welcome!  So glad you're going to try the SFG way of gardening.  It's so much easier than the old row way, that's for sure Smile  The folks on this forum are really nice, so I'm sure you'll fit in just fine.
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Post  walshevak on 1/16/2016, 5:56 pm

Welcome to another NC gardener.  NC sandhill peaches are the best you can get. I just hope we don't get another late frost this year that kills the crop.  Where in the sandhills do you live?

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 1/16/2016, 6:01 pm

Welcome from Ohio, sherwoz! glad you\'re here Glad you found our little band of SFGers, although right now is a lull time for some of us, we are busy planning and scheming. And we get to see what our warm weather pals are up to! Do you have any boxes built?
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Post  sherwhoz on 1/16/2016, 8:04 pm

Walshavek I live in Fayetteville!

Scorpio Rising I was heading for Lowes today to get the wood, but my husband got sick, so I'm planning on going either tomorrow or Monday (we have MLK day off).

I have a chain link fence and my front yard has no trees and gets lots of sun. My backyard is more shaded with pine trees. So I'm planning on doing smaller, longer 2 x 2's to go along the fence. That's my thoughts at the moment. Smile 

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Post  sanderson on 1/16/2016, 8:41 pm

Sher,  I think AtlantaMarie put a lot of her boxes along a chain-link fence!  She ended up with a weed situation that has really made it hard to keep the boxes free of weeds.  Eventually the weeds drop their seeds in the boxes and create an on-going headache. Lining the isle with cardboard/news papers and wood chips can be a nice look and will help keep weeds down. Maybe make a 2-3 ' isle along the fence and then start the boxes. Just don't want you to have a headache that can be prevented. Very Happy

Marie, Do I have your situation correct?

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Post  Kelejan on 1/17/2016, 1:31 pm

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Please take note of sanderson's suggestion re the boxes next to a fence.  As I have found, we all make mistakes to start with and often wish we had a mentor to guide us.  At least that is how I felt.

Here you have dozens all ready to tell you  suggest possible mistakes to avoid and all sorts of easier ways to do things.  Very Happy
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Post  sherwhoz on 1/17/2016, 1:55 pm

Didn't think about weeds. They're there, my boys never seem to weed eat by the fence. So yeah moving over some would work. Smile Thanks y'all.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 1/17/2016, 2:37 pm

@sanderson wrote:Sher,  I think AtlantaMarie put a lot of her boxes along a chain-link fence!  She ended up with a weed situation that has really made it hard to keep the boxes free of weeds.  Eventually the weeds drop their seeds in the boxes and create an on-going headache. Lining the isle with cardboard/news papers and wood chips can be a nice look and will help keep weeds down. Maybe make a 2-3 ' isle along the fence and then start the boxes. Just don't want you to have a headache that can be prevented. Very Happy

Marie, Do I have your situation correct?

Yes, Sanderson, you are absolutely correct! And trying to take care of it now is a real hassle because I put the small 1 inch plastic fencing AND window screening material between the chain-link & the boxes to keep out critters & the neighbors mowing. So I have to take down both of those fences, put some plastic or something down under the chain-link & between it and the beds, THEN put both of the other fencing back up... sigh......

PLEASE learn from my mistake!

And, truth be told, if I could do it all over again, I'd raise them off the ground by at least 6 inches or so to keep other things from invading. Like the giant privet bush our neighbors had. I've got a new privet coming thru the bottom of one box. And the big one was 20 feet from my beds. I'd also have gone ahead & smothered the grass & put down mulch over a heavy layer of cardboard & newspaper before I placed the 1st bed.
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Post  sanderson on 1/17/2016, 4:11 pm

Sher,  There are so many things that we all wish we knew when we started our SFG.  Even some of the very experienced gardeners have re-done things when they realized something wasn't going to work as well as they thought.

Marie, I emptied the boxes, one by one, and husband either attached legs or we set wood sections underneath to raise them off the ground.  We did have to put plywood on the bottoms.  This is the simple one with 4x6" treated wood.  I think even 2"x4" cut in sections and laid every 2 feet would have worked.  Just get that air space underneath. This photo was before the ramial wood chips and/or pine chips were spread in the flower beds, where some of the SFG boxes are.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 1/17/2016, 8:14 pm

Yeah, thought about that, Sanderson... But DH actually bolted the bed lengths together.... So I've got two 2' by almost 20' beds and one 2' by about 22' and one that's 2' by about 15'. All along the edges of the fence. So he's NOT open to doing that.

I MIGHT be able to get away with it on the 4'x12' bed in the middle area.....
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