Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Making Smoothies
by alyson Today at 2:24 am

» Hello all
by alyson Today at 1:59 am

» It's Fertilizer Time; Fruit Trees Down South!
by sanderson Today at 1:10 am

» Senseless Banter...
by sanderson Today at 1:08 am

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by sanderson Today at 1:06 am

» Comfrey
by sanderson Today at 1:00 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Today at 12:57 am

» New For 2017
by countrynaturals Today at 12:39 am

» N & C Midwest: March 2017 Brink of Spring
by CitizenKate Yesterday at 11:54 pm

» Hello from MN
by ralitaco Yesterday at 11:40 pm

» Hello from Southeast Michigan!
by ralitaco Yesterday at 11:39 pm

» 1st SFG Plan - Any thoughts?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:50 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in March 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:39 pm

» New England March 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:27 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 6:55 pm

» Dragon Fruit!
by kauairosina Yesterday at 5:41 pm

» Raised beds already made.
by jimmy cee Yesterday at 9:32 am

» Bryan Greenbeard of Minnesota's 2017 Plans
by Greenbeard Yesterday at 8:51 am

» GF Books
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 7:16 am

» Rolling Boxes
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:36 am

» Need another type of compost.
by ralitaco 3/25/2017, 8:56 pm

» Ground Cherries
by countrynaturals 3/25/2017, 8:42 pm

» Other Gardening Books!
by Scorpio Rising 3/25/2017, 8:25 pm

» Tomato Mystery Mix
by Ginger Blue 3/25/2017, 7:15 pm

» Carrot Week 2017!
by donnainzone5 3/25/2017, 5:14 pm

» California's Drought
by sanderson 3/25/2017, 4:10 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by sanderson 3/25/2017, 3:25 pm

» Squares under siege... by grass!
by has55 3/25/2017, 1:05 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by CapeCoddess 3/25/2017, 12:32 pm

» Anyone in SE Idaho or near by?
by mlpii66 3/25/2017, 11:25 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

Third Year SFG in Canada

Page 4 of 4 Previous  1, 2, 3, 4

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Re: Third Year SFG in Canada

Post  trolleydriver on 3/5/2017, 3:02 pm

I just made an inventory of my seeds. There is a total of 85 packets. Maybe that is not a lot compared to some of your collections. However, I  am struggling to decide what to plant and what to leave out of this year's garden. As well, I'm not sure whether to grow for variety  (a little of each of many different things) or quantity (a lot of a few things e.g., for canning).

I have 72 ANSFG squares. Of those 16 are occupied by strawberries and another 8 currently have garlic planted in them. That makes only 48 available squares. I also have 32 old style SFG squares plus a regular soil bed. I do not have enough growing area for all of the different things I would like to try. What to do, what to do? I definitely need to expand the growing area.

____________________________

Ottawa, Canada
Find more about Weather in Ottawa, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
trolleydriver

Forum Moderator

Male Posts : 2691
Join date : 2015-05-04
Age : 69
Location : Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Third Year SFG in Canada

Post  CapeCoddess on 3/5/2017, 3:32 pm

You counted your seed packets? Shocked lol

I get what you're saying. I probably have about 85 myself. This year, due to getting a new hip, I'm taking it easy on myself and only planting what I know works and are my faves. It's REALLY hard to pass up on a few things knowing that by next year they probably won't be viable, but it feels good taking it easy...not so confusing.
avatar
CapeCoddess

Posts : 5638
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 61
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Third Year SFG in Canada

Post  trolleydriver on 3/5/2017, 3:53 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:...  It's REALLY hard to pass up on a few things knowing that by next year they probably won't be viable, but it feels good taking it easy...not so confusing.  


Confusing?  Yes ... I'm tying myself into knots trying to decide what to winter sow and what to sow indoors and the timing for both.



____________________________

Ottawa, Canada
Find more about Weather in Ottawa, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
trolleydriver

Forum Moderator

Male Posts : 2691
Join date : 2015-05-04
Age : 69
Location : Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Third Year SFG in Canada

Post  trolleydriver on 3/6/2017, 6:20 pm

Did a little (and I mean little) bit of Winter Sowing. I used three different types of containers.  The large clear container has Lettuce (Butter King), the large translucent container has Zinnia (Pompon) and the small clear container has Kale (Blue Curled Scotch).

The work station showing one of the containers. The container has drainage holes in the bottom but at this point I had not yet cut it in half. 



Container with "top" tilted back. Sometimes I leave a "hinge" between the two parts and other times I just cut the container into two separate pieces. This one has a hinge.



Container with top taped to the bottom.



The "three containers" not the the "three tenors".

____________________________

Ottawa, Canada
Find more about Weather in Ottawa, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
trolleydriver

Forum Moderator

Male Posts : 2691
Join date : 2015-05-04
Age : 69
Location : Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Third Year SFG in Canada

Post  sanderson on 3/6/2017, 6:28 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:

I also took an inventory of my containers for winter sowing and came up with 23. . . Not sure if those with green colored plastic will work.

Somewhere back in my early educationn, we did an experiment with different color plastic films. The palest,spindliest plants were under the green. So, no green bottles. This is similar to our school project. http://www1.udel.edu/MERL/Outreach/Teacher's%20Guide/2.%20Effects%20of%20color%20on%20plant%20growth%20TE.pdf

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13162
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Third Year SFG in Canada

Post  yolos on 3/6/2017, 9:01 pm

@sanderson wrote:

Somewhere back in my early educationn, we did an experiment with different color plastic films.  The palest,spindliest plants were under the green.  So, no green bottles.  This is similar to our school project.  http://www1.udel.edu/MERL/Outreach/Teacher's%20Guide/2.%20Effects%20of%20color%20on%20plant%20growth%20TE.pdf
I also did an experiment back in School.  Used different color film one one side of a 1/2 gallon carboard milk caron and planted beans.  Can't remember the exact finding but I do remember some grew away from light and some grew toward the light.
avatar
yolos

Female Posts : 3004
Join date : 2011-11-20
Age : 67
Location : Brooks, Ga Zone 7B/8A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Third Year SFG in Canada

Post  Scorpio Rising on 3/6/2017, 9:28 pm

Yeah, you gotta with the clear, or non colored plastic.  

And in my opinion, just plant what you want to eat and pitch or give away the rest.  Our precious squares are too coveted to mess around with any thing other than tried and true, or trying out!
avatar
Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 4342
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 55
Location : Ada, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Third Year SFG in Canada

Post  ralitaco on 3/6/2017, 11:56 pm

Man, you guys and these neat ideas!!! I may have to try planting in the clear bottles at some point, unfortunately, home remodelling has taken priority over gardening.

I look forward to seeing the results
avatar
ralitaco

Male Posts : 931
Join date : 2010-04-04
Location : Hampstead, NC

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Third Year SFG in Canada

Post  trolleydriver on 3/24/2017, 11:58 am

Due to my Mother's illness and subsequent passing to be with her Saviour on March 16, there is not much gardening happening in my world. The onion and leek seedlings that I brought with me to Mom's house are doing well and I just acquired an Aerogarden unit at a great price from a thrift store where I was donating some of Mom's stuff. It's still going to be a while until we can get back home to Ottawa. Maybe I'll dedicate a garden bed to my Mom.

____________________________

Ottawa, Canada
Find more about Weather in Ottawa, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
trolleydriver

Forum Moderator

Male Posts : 2691
Join date : 2015-05-04
Age : 69
Location : Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Third Year SFG in Canada

Post  Kelejan on 3/24/2017, 1:07 pm

Dedicating a garden to your Mom is a great idea and will will some consolation to you.
avatar
Kelejan

Female Posts : 4756
Join date : 2011-04-24
Age : 82
Location : Castlegar, British Columbia

View user profile http://www.castlegarinkspot.ca

Back to top Go down

Re: Third Year SFG in Canada

Post  mlpii66 on 3/24/2017, 8:50 pm

I still "visit" with my avid gardening grandfather every time I'm scratchin' dirt. I have his old tin cup he would use to drink from the outside water tap.

Like the bottle idea.  I'm fortunate enough to live near a family run dairy.  They sell milk in half gallon clear plastic milk jugs.  I've collected a couple dozen bottles, and some new inches on the waist line. The plan is to cut off the bottoms to use as mini cloches under a poly tube type mini greenhouse set up on my beds. I'm also thinking of insulating below ground a foot or two deep around the perimeter of each bed. A greenhouse building book I recently read advised it keeps the soil ten degrees warmer under a protective cover that the protective cover alone.

I came from Florida to Idaho and am interested in any season extending techniques I can pick up.
avatar
mlpii66

Male Posts : 11
Join date : 2016-10-02
Location : Idaho Falls, ID

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Third Year SFG in Canada

Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/25/2017, 8:58 am

@Kelejan wrote:Dedicating a garden to your Mom is a great idea and will will some consolation to you.

+1, TD. I think that's a terrific idea!
avatar
AtlantaMarie

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 3997
Join date : 2014-03-18
Age : 53
Location : Buford, GA - Zones 7B/8A

View user profile http://www.defensivespecialties.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Third Year SFG in Canada

Post  sanderson on 3/25/2017, 3:24 pm

@Kelejan wrote:Dedicating a garden to your Mom is a great idea and will will some consolation to you.
Agree

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13162
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Third Year SFG in Canada

Post  sanderson on 3/25/2017, 3:25 pm

@mlpii66 wrote:I still "visit" with my avid gardening grandfather every time I'm scratchin' dirt. I have his old tin cup he would use to drink from the outside water tap.
Very Happy

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13162
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Third Year SFG in Canada

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Page 4 of 4 Previous  1, 2, 3, 4

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum