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Post  soilbuilder on 3/29/2017, 12:52 pm

New gardening friends,

I've been an organic gardener for most of my adult life, but never actually planned out a SFG. I'm glad to be among those that have knowledge and interest in this area. I'm anxious to learn! Smile
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Post  sanderson on 3/29/2017, 2:55 pm

Hi Soilbuilder, Welcome to the Forum from California! glad you\'re here Have you had a chance to read All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew? Are you going to make some SFG beds?

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/30/2017, 8:46 am

Hi Soilbuilder. Welcome from Atlanta, GA! Glad you've joined us...

We like pictures.... :-)
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Post  countrynaturals on 3/30/2017, 12:06 pm

happy hi from Redding, Ca, SoilBuilder. I'm just learning how to build my soil. Most of the others, here, don't use the stuff.  rofl (They use Mel's Mix from the All New Sq Ft Gardening Book.)
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 3/30/2017, 12:36 pm

Welcome from central Pennsylvania!
If you will be doing ANSFG (raised beds with Mel's Mix), rather than old-style SFG (amended soil, with square foot spacing), I'd recommend you start small, like a single 4x4 or 4x8. There are differences from 'regular' gardening and easier to adapt (and compare) if you start small.
What favorite vegetables will you be growing - and which ones are you looking into possibly growing in a SFG or an ANSFG?
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Post  soilbuilder on 3/30/2017, 7:33 pm

Hi to all that took the time to welcome me. First, I have no idea what Mel's Mix is; I reckon you'll have to show me. Second, I'm a firm believer in gardening in the old fashion way using organic matter as much as humanly possible; hence the name soil-builder!  Very Happy 
Countrynaturals - thanks for the education as to how many SFG's are working their gardens. I go by some advice that I got from an old friend about 30 yrs ago. He told me how to build soil with trace minerals and natures organics. I'll be glad to go into detail if anyone shows an interest.
At present (just moved into a new place back in June) I have a 25'x30' garden that I'm just getting started and it's looking good.
Thanks to all! Happy growing! sunny
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 3/31/2017, 3:52 pm

Mel's Mix is a 3 part blend of 1 part vermiculite, 1 part peat moss, and 1 part compost (a blended mix of 5 different types), which goes in a raised bed. So it has LOTS of organic matter, and although it's considered soil-less to start with, I also see it as building soil 'from scratch.' You aren't having to dig, and since you aren't digging in, you aren't diluting the compost with rocks, sand, or clay -- which makes it especially good for those who want to garden but have dirt that won't work well. It also starts off essentially weed-free, and easy to pull weeds out of once the seeds blow in, which has saved me a lot of time.
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Post  sanderson on 4/1/2017, 12:21 am

All New Square Foot Gardening (soil free) is a tried and true gardening method.  Those who use it would have a hard time going back to row gardening.  Row gardeners have a hard time believing ANSFG works with its 6" of Mel's Mix.  Both are valid gardening methods.  My take is that the key to success for both is compost.

The book, "All New Square Foot Gardening" by Mel Bartholomew, founder and creator.

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