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Post  countrynaturals on 4/12/2016, 4:00 pm

My name is Suz. I'm a wife, mom, & grandma. Today is my 54th wedding anniversary. I've waited 16 years to have a real garden again. My version of the Square Foot Gardening book is from 1981 and I bought it NEW. My new waist-high garden bed is under construction and should be finished in about a week.   It's part of my new fenced-in area that includes my butterfly host garden. (I already have 1st instar pipevine swallowtail caterpillars munching away on the pipevine and plenty of milkweed ready for the monarchs.)

I have lots of seedlings in peat pots, waiting for their new home, but it's raining, today, so that's why I'm here instead of out there playing in the dirt. Now I'm off to read what everyone else is doing. Happy gardening, y'all! I love you
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Post  sanderson on 4/12/2016, 4:13 pm

Suz, Welcome to the Forum from Fresno! glad you\'re here Great that you are starting to get back into gardening. You should take a peak at the All New Square Foot Gardening book. Maybe check it out from the library. ??

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Post  countrynaturals on 4/12/2016, 4:22 pm

Yay, Fresno! We're practically neighbors, but I think we're hotter up here. Is the new book really that different? I just might have to spring for a new copy. Thanks for the nice welcome. I like to experiment with unusual veggies. Can you recommend anything new and different from what I'd find in the produce dept of Walmart?
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/12/2016, 6:45 pm

Hi Suz. Welcome from Atlanta, GA! And Happy Anniversary!!

Glad you've joined us.... Looking forward to seeing your gardening journey.
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Post  sanderson on 4/12/2016, 6:46 pm

The All New is worth the read. No dirt involved! Beds only have to be deep enough for 6" of Mel's Mix plus heavy mulch to survive the heat of the summer.

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Post  countrynaturals on 4/12/2016, 7:18 pm

@AtlantaMarie wrote:Hi Suz.  Welcome from Atlanta, GA!  And Happy Anniversary!!

Glad you've joined us....  Looking forward to seeing your gardening journey.
Thanks. We lived in Atlanta (Stone Mtn & Marietta). Back then I only gardened with houseplants. That was eons ago. Shocked
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Post  countrynaturals on 4/12/2016, 7:20 pm

@sanderson wrote:The All New is worth the read.  No dirt involved!  Beds only have to be deep enough for 6" of Mel's Mix plus heavy mulch to survive the heat of the summer.
Thanks for letting me know. My beds are deep and I already have the dirt, so I'll stick to the old method.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 4/12/2016, 10:00 pm

That's cool, countrynaturals, whatever is workin' is good. I did the original method of SFG, that is, until I got hold of ANSFG 2nd Ed.

Welcome from Ohio, glad you found us! What do you plan on for this year? Pictures are very fun and helpful! Looking forward to your input!

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Post  countrynaturals on 4/12/2016, 11:11 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote: That's cool, countrynaturals, whatever is workin' is good.  I did the original method of SFG, that is, until I got hold of ANSFG 2nd Ed.  

Welcome from Ohio, glad you found us!  What do you plan on for this year?  Pictures are very fun and helpful!  Looking forward to your input!

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I've gone waaaaaay overboard buying plants and seeds, so a lot of my squares will be singles. I'm growing all the usuals, plus some things I've never heard of and can't wait to try, like strawberry spinach, vine peach, celeriac, & summer broccoli. I'd love to hear from others who grow stuff that isn't available at the super market. 

Construction on my new garden should be finished in about a week. I will definitely post pics, then.
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Post  sanderson on 4/13/2016, 3:13 am

Suz, You can post before, during and after photos; you don't have to wait until it's all beautiful. There are so many different kinds of veggies you can grow. Some are more durable in our CA summer. New Zealand spinach is a kick. I planted mine from gifted seeds from Audrey and it survived the summer, fall, winter and is going crazy now that I have top dressed with more homemade compost. It is a cut and grow type of plant.

What kinds of veggies do you like? Are you brave with different types of tomatoes, peppers?? Eggplant, beans, okra, radishes, onions, garlic, herbs, etc.?

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Post  countrynaturals on 4/13/2016, 12:39 pm

@sanderson wrote:Suz, You can post before, during and after photos; you don't have to wait until it's all beautiful.  There are so many different kinds of veggies you can grow.  Some are more durable in our CA summer.  New Zealand spinach is a kick.  I planted mine from gifted seeds from Audrey and it survived the summer, fall, winter and is going crazy now that I have top dressed with more homemade compost.  It is a cut and grow type of plant.

What kinds of veggies do you like?  Are you brave with different types of tomatoes, peppers??  Eggplant, beans, okra, radishes, onions, garlic, herbs, etc.?
Ooo, thanks for the tip on New Zealand spinach. I'll start looking for that. Yes I'm brave with tomatoes, etc., but not interested in okra or eggplant.

Okay, I'll start posting pics, today. I was so glad to find the Northern California section of the forum. I think I've found a new home. YEE-HAH!
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Post  yolos on 4/13/2016, 1:25 pm

I purchased seeds from Johnny's for New Zealand Spinach. So far none of them have germinated inside and it has been a long time. The Malibar Spinach germinated just fine.
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Post  Kelejan on 4/13/2016, 1:49 pm

glad you\'re here country naturals happy hi 
from Kelejan :canada: in British Columbia

I caught your comment on another thread that you are an old-timer here.  It made me laugh. Very Happy 

I am trying to grow milkweed for the Monarchs this year.
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Post  countrynaturals on 4/13/2016, 1:57 pm

@Kelejan wrote:glad you\'re here country naturals happy hi 
from Kelejan :canada: in British Columbia

I caught your comment on another thread that you are an old-timer here.  It made me laugh. Very Happy 

I am trying to grow milkweed for the Monarchs this year.
Actually, I'm just old.  Rolling Eyes I planted my milkweed in 2014. The plants thrived, but I never saw a monarch. Last year, they "invaded." I brought a few caterpillars inside, then a few more, then Hubby had to build me a butterfly house, then I had to buy up every milkweed plant in town to feed them all. I released well over 100, but didn't keep track of actual numbers.
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@yolos wrote:I purchased seeds from Johnny's for New Zealand Spinach.  So far none of them have germinated inside and it has been a long time.  The Malibar Spinach germinated just fine.
Nutz! I read an article about growing spinach yesterday, but didn't pay much attention and don't remember where I read it. They did say to "scarify" the seeds by nipping off a tiny piece of each seed. They also said to put the seeds in the fridge for 24 hours. I also think they said the soil needs to be warm -- like 70s. Maybe someone else here knows more.
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Post  yolos on 4/13/2016, 2:23 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:
@yolos wrote:I purchased seeds from Johnny's for New Zealand Spinach.  So far none of them have germinated inside and it has been a long time.  The Malibar Spinach germinated just fine.
Nutz! I read an article about growing spinach yesterday, but didn't pay much attention and don't remember where I read it. They did say to "scarify" the seeds by nipping off a tiny piece of each seed. They also said to put the seeds in the fridge for 24 hours. I also think they said the soil needs to be warm -- like 70s. Maybe someone else here knows more.

Here is a great thread about starting spinach seeds.  This may be where you read the information.  I don't follow this exactly but it is great information.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t20284-problems-getting-spinach-seeds-to-sprout-try-this?highlight=spinach

There is a big difference in appearance of the New Zealand Spinach and regular spinach seeds.  But maybe I could try this method on a few seeds.  The instructions that came with the seeds did say it is best to soak them and I did that but no luck.  So maybe the refrig trick will help.
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