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Taking an Existing Garden Area and Bringing it to Life w/SFG

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Post  thegardeningmum on 5/10/2016, 11:14 am

I was asked to share my current garden area so here it is! It isn't much to look at in the spring as most of my plants are still growing in the greenhouse. The others are going through their hardening phase before their transplant.

When we built our beds 9 yrs ago I was unaware of the square foot gardening method so my current area is a mix of large and small triangular, rectangular, and square beds made from materials that we had available to us. I knew from experience that I hated fighting grass and weeds and no longer wanted any part of it!

We are currently in the process of constructing a high tunnel where I will have more uniform beds that are no wider then the recommended 4 feet. (My back is super excited!)

Although the layout and bed sizes aren't true to the SFG book, I have been able to use the SFG planting and rotation methods to maximize the garden's potential.  I am also a believer in
succession planting for certain vegetables that we do not want all at once. Plants like my Roma tomatoes I do want pretty close together as I can our harvest for the following winter and spring.

Well, there it is! My little slice of heaven. Thanks for looking!

~ Tora Anne





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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/10/2016, 1:07 pm

Sweet!  Looks like you've got things growing already.  What are you harvesting now...anything?

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Post  thegardeningmum on 5/10/2016, 2:13 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Sweet!  Looks like you've got things growing already.  What are you harvesting now...anything?

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I have already begun harvesting and drying herbs for the year. For the last 3 weeks we have enjoyed our lettuce. My potatoes are growing nicely but I tend to leave them alone until the end of the season.

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Post  sanderson on 5/10/2016, 3:29 pm

I'm in awe!  Can you also take some closer photos of individual beds.  I'm in heaven looking at the photo with your view, neatness, green-ness, wood chip paths, etc. Of course, MO gets more rain than most of CA. My husband is from Columbia and I am always so pleased when we visit to see green vs. my yellow and brown countryside.

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Post  trolleydriver on 5/10/2016, 3:44 pm

@sanderson wrote:I'm in awe!  Can you also take some closer photos of individual beds.  I'm in heaven looking at the photo with your view, neatness, green-ness, wood chip paths, etc. 

+1  Amazing.

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Post  countrynaturals on 5/10/2016, 8:27 pm

Gorgeous! 

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/10/2016, 8:33 pm

Nice!

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Post  landarch on 5/11/2016, 7:32 am

Great garden and great shots...what camera do you use?

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Post  Windmere on 5/11/2016, 8:41 am

Wow, quite beautiful!  I echo Sanderson's request for some close ups.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/12/2016, 7:40 am

VERY nice! And, yes, closeups, please...

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Post  thegardeningmum on 5/14/2016, 5:02 pm

I will work on getting those close ups for you all. Right now I am mostly focused on the cold snap that is making its way here.  Mad 

Once I can focus again, I will post more images! I love you

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Post  thegardeningmum on 5/26/2016, 5:36 pm

My oldest son and his SFG! ♥


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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/26/2016, 6:55 pm

Are you kidding me?! Look at the little tiny trellis and the little Top Hat! How sweet is this child! Oh my gosh!!! And veggies growing to beat the band!
What a Face
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Post  trolleydriver on 5/26/2016, 7:10 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Are you kidding me?! Look at the little tiny trellis and the little Top Hat! How sweet is this child! Oh my gosh!!! And veggies growing to beat the band!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/26/2016, 9:49 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:
@CapeCoddess wrote:Are you kidding me?! Look at the little tiny trellis and the little Top Hat! How sweet is this child! Oh my gosh!!! And veggies growing to beat the band!
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The whole thing...CUTENESS OVERLOAD!


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Post  sanderson on 5/26/2016, 10:18 pm

OM goodness. Totally cute. He has the perfect demo box!

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/26/2016, 10:38 pm

@sanderson wrote:OM goodness.  Totally cute.  He has the perfect demo box!  

He does!

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Post  Kelejan on 5/26/2016, 11:58 pm

TGM. you've certainly made a hit with your little one and his box. I love you

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Post  thegardeningmum on 5/27/2016, 9:49 am

Thanks, everyone! C-J's a keeper!

My littlest one Anthony likes to help plant the "babies" (the flowers). He just helped plant all of our french marigolds in the tomato squares. (not pictured here)
He did surprisingly well!



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Post  Kelejan on 5/28/2016, 12:46 am

Tell you what, gardeningmum, even if these little ones never do another job in the garden, because they grow up and do other things like work etc. , this will remain with them for the rest of their lives and when the time is right, they will remember and start gardening again.

It was the same when I was about four years old and my dad took me to his allotment and I played in the dirt and planted a potato.  I grew up, friends and all associated activities, work, getting married and still working.  I finally bought a house and planted flowers first of all, then retired and now a confirmed gardener and loving it and all the wonderful people I meet on this Forum.

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Post  sanderson on 5/28/2016, 3:49 am

Plus the benefit of playing in dirt. I feel sorry for kids whose parents say, "Dirty, yucky, go wash your hands."

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/28/2016, 6:34 am

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@Kelejan wrote:Tell you what, gardeningmum, even if these little ones never do another job in the garden, because they grow up and do other things like work etc. , this will remain with them for the rest of their lives and when the time is right, they will remember and start gardening again.

It was the same when I was about four years old and my dad took me to his allotment and I played in the dirt and planted a potato.  I grew up, friends and all associated activities, work, getting married and still working.  I finally bought a house and planted flowers first of all, then retired and now a confirmed gardener and loving it and all the wonderful people I meet on this Forum.

That is my hope! I am trying to make their gardening experience as fun as possible. I hated gardening when I was younger simply because of the hard labor that went into it. I love that I am able to show them that it doesn't have to be hard and can be quite enjoyable.

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Post  thegardeningmum on 5/28/2016, 11:52 am

@sanderson wrote:Plus the benefit of playing in dirt.  I feel sorry for kids whose parents say, "Dirty, yucky, go wash your hands."

Hahaha
Yeah, not me! If these boys aren't dirty by the end of the day, I would wonder if they are coming down with a cold.

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Post  sanderson on 5/29/2016, 2:02 am

Very Happy

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