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Hello from NJ

Post  dzlater on 5/15/2016, 2:32 pm

Hello all,

   I was listening to You Bet Your Garden on the radio yesterday and they mentioned "square foot gardening". My wife was going to the library so asked her to get me the book.
   I went out today and bought stuff to make two 4'x4' beds. I usually just grow tomatoes and cucumbers because that's what I have had the best luck with. I do admit to not tending them very well. I am planning expanding the variety this year.
   I usually don't put anything in the ground till around the second week in June, but I noticed in the regional forum that some one else inSouth Jersey already has plants in the ground. I'm wondering if I should hurry up and get soemthing planted?
    It's too windy today to mix up the mix , but here is a picture of my boxes so far.

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Post  ralitaco on 5/15/2016, 3:11 pm

dzlater, Welcome to the forum from a NJ Transplant down here in Coastal NC!
So What Exit are you? I was originally 14A, then 82 & lastly 80 before I became a Northern Ambassador in the Conquered Land (aka A darn Yankee). But seriously, you may want to share your town or county so folks on the forum can better assist you.

I am impressed by your eagerness...Heard about SFG on Saturday, Got the book Saturday night, found the Best Forum on the WWW and Built the boxes already! BTW, I really like those corners. I haven't seen any like that before. Are they brick or cement?

Anyway, I'm sure some folks in your zone will chime in soon. Everyone here is really nice and helpful. BTW, I took the liberty of rotating your photo...it's my pet peeve

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Post  yolos on 5/15/2016, 3:40 pm

Welcome to the forum.  Yesterday I bought some of those corners to make a new bed.  Did you use the rebar to anchor them.  Never mind.  I see the bricks under the corners so you probably did not use the rebar.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/15/2016, 4:43 pm

Hi DZLater. Welcome from just north of Atlanta, GA!

Looks really good... Looking forward to seeing your garden progress...

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Post  dzlater on 5/15/2016, 5:12 pm

@ralitaco wrote:dzlater, Welcome to the forum from a NJ Transplant down here in Coastal NC!
So What Exit are you? I was originally 14A, then 82 & lastly 80 before I became a Northern Ambassador in the Conquered Land (aka A darn Yankee). But seriously, you may want to share your town or county so folks on the forum can better assist you.

I am impressed by your eagerness...Heard about SFG on Saturday, Got the book Saturday night, found the Best Forum on the WWW and Built the boxes already! BTW, I really like those corners. I haven't seen any like that before. Are they brick or cement?

Anyway, I'm sure some folks in your zone will chime in soon. Everyone here is really nice and helpful. BTW, I took the liberty of rotating your photo...it's my pet peeve
I'm Exit 5 off the turnpike. Mount Laurel in Burlington County.
I've been wanting to up my gardening game for a while, so finding out about this kind of lit a fire.
I got those cornerstones at Home Depot. The blocks under neath are at the low end only so I'm planning on rebaring the top end and then doing a trellis for the cukes and tomatoes. I also got the peat moss and vermiculite, the store only had two bags of vermiculite so I got one bag of perlite. I've been composting for a long time so that's no problem.
So far I'm planning on tomatoes, cucumbers, bush beans, lettuce, spinach, radishes, peppers, and a couple different herbs. It is hard to imagine planting so much in such a small space. My wife is skeptical.
Thanks for rotaing the photo.
Dan

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Re: Hello from NJ

Post  Kelejan on 5/15/2016, 5:24 pm

glad you\'re here  dzltrer  happy hi 
from Kelejan :canada: in British Columbia, Canada.

You know about compost so that is a real plus.  I can guarantee your DW will no longer be skeptical when you start producing more than you have ever grown before with less work. hungry

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Post  countrynaturals on 5/15/2016, 7:06 pm

happy hi Hi, from Redding, CA. Love your enthusiasm.  sunny

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Re: Hello from NJ

Post  ralitaco on 5/15/2016, 9:35 pm

@dzlater wrote:I'm Exit 5 off the turnpike. Mount Laurel in Burlington County.
My mother and late aunt lived there for a while years and years ago.

@dzlater wrote:I've been wanting to up my gardening game for a while, so finding out about this kind of lit a fire.
SFG is addicting
- You have been warned!

@dzlater wrote:I got those cornerstones at Home Depot...so I'm planning on rebaring the top end and then doing a trellis for the cukes and tomatoes.
Very cool. If you get a long enough piece of rebar, you can drive it in the ground far enough to hold the corner then use the part sticking out to mount an EMT trellis

@dzlater wrote:It is hard to imagine planting so much in such a small space. My wife is skeptical.
That is one of the beauties of the SFG method. Check out the pictures on this forum and you can see just how much you can grow.

Good luck and share your pictures along the way.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/15/2016, 10:29 pm

glad you\'re here dzlater! Ohio here, and it is Cold! Glad you found us, we are super cool! hiddenID Anyway, your wife will be ridiculously amazed by what is going to come out of your little SFG.

Peruse the forums, the archives are a great resource. And post often! Pics are the bomb!

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Post  sanderson on 5/16/2016, 3:11 pm

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

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Post  bigdogrock on 5/17/2016, 5:44 pm

A friendly hello and welcome from one of the New Hampster (New Hampshire) contingent. Used to have relatives there somewhere in NJ, but that was in the last century. Anyhow, I like how fast you are moving on the garden, keep it up! Enjoy this site. Rock

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 5/18/2016, 8:25 am

Hello from central Pennsylvania, Dan! If you have the All New Square Foot Gardening book, rather than the original, take a look at the planting charts in the back. They've been very helpful for me to be able to "see" when things can happen. I'm about a half to one zone colder than you, and reading all the posts I feel like I'm 'behind', too. But I'd wait until your usual second week of June for the tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and bush beans. My tomatoes are in, but only because they have WallOWaters to protect them. My peppers are still inside, and I'm behind on starting my cucumbers (inside). You can get started on the lettuce, spinach, and radishes now. Relative to herbs, it depends on the type. Assuming transplants (because I don't know the germination temperatures relative to your current outdoor temperatures) I'd wait on basil and marjoram, and rosemary until you put your tomatoes in. Parsley, thyme, oregano, tarragon and sage should be fine now -- mine are 'up' from last year. My cilantro volunteers (from seeds that fell into the garden from last year's plants) seem to be fine, too. I look forward to seeing your progress, looks like you're off to a good start!

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