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Post  kjay1122 on 2/13/2017, 10:56 pm

Hello! I'm a novice gardener, and SFG was pretty much my intro to gardening a number of years ago, living in a different home. Back there, I had lots of space but it was too shady to do much vegetable gardening (I'm not really interested in growing flowers.) Now, I have some direct sun, but the space is tiny. Most of my space is shade. I'm facing NE, and the sunny spot is against the fence. Needless to say, I grow a lot vertically. 

Here are a few pics:

Aug 7, 2016



Containers on the side. These get mostly morning/early afternoon sun. The height from the containers buys them some extra sun time. This was 1 week post-transplanting (May 29, 2016)



...and here they are August 7: 



I'm limited in my ability to do true SFGing Mel's way, as I'm limited in what I can buy for the garden. I live near a little hardware store, but they don't even sell vermiculite. Luckily, my soil seems pretty good. 

I also won't be building boxes any time soon. I did, however, smuggle home a bunch of patio stones that the store discarded. They dump stuff like that way in the back of the parking lot, which I walk through on my way to work, anyway. Three trips with a luggage cart and a sore back later, I had a nice little wall. Wink 

This year, I want to find some discarded blinds or something to get proper markers. I've just been eyeballing it, and of course, I plant too much too close together. Nonetheless, I got a pretty impressive harvest: 30 pickling sized cukes, over 30 lbs of tomatoes, almost 5 lbs bell peppers, 5 lbs zucchini, a head of cabbage, a 9-lb pumpkin, plus some other odds and ends. Pretty good considering I half-arse it. 

Thanks for a great site!
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Post  trolleydriver on 2/13/2017, 11:04 pm

A very warm welcome kjay from snowy Ottawa.   

Looks like you have a lot of good things going on.  


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Post  sanderson on 2/14/2017, 5:36 am

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

I also gained some sun when I elevated the beds off the ground and turned them into table tops.

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Post  countrynaturals on 2/14/2017, 11:06 am

happy hi  and  glad you\'re here from way northern California.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 2/14/2017, 11:19 am

Hi KJ! happy hi

Nice harvest! You really do have good soil.

For markers, before the discarded blinds came along, I collected used plastic utensils from the office, ran them through the dishwasher and wrote on them. Works great!

Keep those photos coming. We love them!

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