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Post  snibb on 5/11/2010, 10:03 pm

I will be updating with some pictures in a couple of days. There are a few of what it looked like several weeks ago, and many pictures of what it has looked like in the past. We have been harvesting spinach for over a month now, and we have all kinds of other things growing back there right now as well. Enjoy...SFG-there's nothing else like it...

http://s292.photobucket.com/albums/mm14/snobblet/
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Post  Ha-v-v on 5/11/2010, 10:25 pm

Awesome !!!!!!! I love it all. I was looking at your trellis system. How tall is it and what is it made of? Thank you for sharing Smile
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Post  snibb on 5/11/2010, 10:40 pm

I custom made my trellis system. Its all done by the book, with the exception of how tall they are. Material is 1/2" electrical conduit bought at any home do-it-yourself store, such as Lowes or Home Depot. Because I dont have a pipe bender, I ended up buying the "curves" that make up the top 2 sides of the trellis. When its all said and done, mine are 8' tall. By the time you pound them into the ground, they end up being 7' tall. I guess I like to make a statement with vertical growing if I can. The ones bought through the foundation are fine, except that when you pound them into the ground, they are about 4' tall, and that is simply not tall enough for me. Hope that helps....


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Post  Ha-v-v on 5/11/2010, 10:57 pm

It definitely helps. I want a tall one, when I was row gardening the tomatoes were just so tall, didnt produce but then I didnt know about pruning Smile I guess I glanced over that part of the book (trellis) or it was not in the value edition I have (its more like I glanced over that) I now have the full version of Mel's book and will read over that part tomorrow. My husband I have a couple of ideas, I will read the plan before we make a decision. Keep us updated Smile Its really nice to see others to get ideas Smile I know its helped me thank you for sharing.
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Post  new2this on 5/12/2010, 8:38 am

Snibb - great photos, thanks for sharing.

A few ?'s for you.............

I think it's the spring '09 pix - you mentioned something about "mistakes and all".....what do you mean by that? What did you feel your mistakes were and what did you change?

Also, the black PVC is nice because you can bend it at a much smaller angle than the white (what I would call "regular" PVC) - what is the black stuff called? I like that.

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Post  snibb on 5/12/2010, 7:19 pm

Just looking at it, the biggest mistake I made in that picture(by the way it was my first year of SFG)was some of the vertical supports I used. You can see I used a single post to grow a couple of things on. These are the things you can buy at the store-they are about 8' tall, green, and they are made out of a very weak aluminum. You might think they are pretty tough when you see them in the store, but they are not. They are then coated in this green type of stuff. When a real stiff wind came by, I went out to the garden and discoverd that these green poles were bent right in half by the wind. First lesson-use the electrical conduit-they are cheap, a lot stronger than pretty much anything else you can grow vertical on, and they last forever. You can also see in the back another vertical pole I put in. Its one of those squiggly things. Every time I tried to train anything to go up on those things it just fell right back down.
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Post  new2this on 5/13/2010, 8:48 am

thanks for the tips, Snibb. I went with the emt conduit, so I guess I'm good there!
Now, if the weather would warm up a bit, my garden would grow!

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Post  theewz on 6/22/2010, 12:17 am

WOW!!

great pictures! That drip irrigation looks interesting. Is it difficult to setup?

I have so may questions. how deep is your 4x2 potato plot? did you have to double dig?


Great job!

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Post  snibb on 6/22/2010, 8:54 am

The drip system was not hard to put in. We have a local engineer in SLC, Utah who specializes in water systems. All I did was tell him the dimensions of my boxes, how many I had, and where the water source would be and he set it up for me. The whole thing cost me something like $25-not including the automatic timer.

The box for the potatoes is a 16X2 box. I only need a 4 foot section of that particular box to give us 35-40 pounds of the red potatoes that we love. If I wanted more, and there have been times when we wanted to grow more, I simply used 2-4 foot sections for close to 80 pounds of potatoes. The box is 8" deep and I did not double dig anything. My garden is 9 or 10 years old now and it is solid compost by this time. Hope that answers it for you...Jim
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Post  theewz on 6/24/2010, 3:45 pm

Thanks for the info. I wont be able to put one in this year but am already planning for next year Smile

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