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Post  Jaffa55 on 4/23/2017, 8:44 pm

And so it begins. I have high hopes of a bountiful garden, but I know this first year will come with its challenges. 

Here's me starting off with one of my composts...



I'm starting off brand new this year with 2 4x4 gardens. One of them will have a side that's a little higher for carrots and parsnips.  My dad gave me a big assist by routing out the corners.

Here's a box in process, along with my "helper."



And here they are in position - presoil.



I used my woman's perogative and decided to change their location a little bit just before I filled them. I did all the leg work, so I was the only one who suffered.



Then I got started on my grid... I used old slats from blinds, which were just a smidge under 48".  I sawed through half a blind on each one so that they would slide together to form a grid.



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And last, but not least, the trellises.




I took a chance and planted some peas, carrots, parsnips, and brussels sprouts. The sprouts I also have started indoors so I've got my bases covered in case that doesn't work out.

And to finish off the day's work, I planted a couple of apple trees. I was expecting something bigger, but I guess I should have read the fine print. I have a mcintosh type and a honeycrisp. If all goes well, I'll see apples in 3 or 4 years.

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Post  trolleydriver on 4/23/2017, 9:44 pm

Fabulous!!!

Those boxes look great. I also started in SFG with two 4x4s. You are well on your way to a successful first year.

 

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Post  ralitaco on 4/23/2017, 11:37 pm

Looks great. Your dad did a great job on those corners. I may use that technique in the future
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Post  countrynaturals on 4/23/2017, 11:47 pm

Good job, Jaffa! cheers
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/24/2017, 6:47 am

Looks great, Jaffa!

Your helper is adorable... :-)
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Post  Banned Member on 4/24/2017, 6:53 am

Did I miss something?  Is that YOUR OWN compost and manure?  Like, how long did it take to get piles that are two stories high?

I am quite impressed with your beginning.  You may be a beginning square foot gardener, but I am guessing this isn't your first rodeo with gardening.

There seems to be a pattern here with members from Ontario and the Midwest in the lower 48.  You guys and gals all look like you went to Georgia Tech with Mel.  Every creation looks like it belongs on TV as a model garden, while my garden looks like it belongs on Sanford and Son.

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Post  Jaffa55 on 4/24/2017, 1:58 pm

Lol... no, not my own piles of compost and manure.  That's at the local soil guy (Petrie's), and they sell composted horse manure, pure compost, and a 50/50 mix, amongst other soil products.  My friend who drove us there is a scrapbooker, like myself, so she took my photo for fun. I mean, who doesn't need a photo of themselves next to a pile of manure??

And, yes, I confess, I've gardened before, and my parents always gardened so I've grown up with it. My last house had only a tiny backyard with very little sun, so I squeezed in some tomato cages and window boxes for herbs.  Prior to that, I had decent sized gardens. But this SFG approach really intrigued me, so I decided to try this instead of traditional gardening at my new house.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 4/24/2017, 2:10 pm

Super nice, Jaffa!  I love the blind slat grids.  good idea they look nice and heavy. I used blind slats too but they are thinner and they blow away.
Hope to see more of your SFG companion in the Pets thread. Very Happy

Did you add vermiculite and peat moss to your compost/manure?
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Post  Jaffa55 on 4/24/2017, 11:44 pm

CC- yes, a third each of coarse vermiculite, peat moss, and compost. And the compost was a mix of the Petrie's, leaf rot, my parent's compost, mushroom compost, and rabbit manure. 

Another great thing was that a friend gave me two old compost bins that she wasn't using.... so I need to start using them. We've always put out green waste in the bin for the city, but now I think that there's "good" green waste that I'll put in my compost, and then stuff that I don't want in my garden that they can have.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 4/25/2017, 6:45 am

Perfect!
My instincts tell me that you're going to have a fine Garden this year!
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Post  Banned Member on 4/25/2017, 8:54 am

I agree with CC, Jaffa.  You are going to be a square foot star.  I hope you have the best summer in your garden.

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Post  trolleydriver on 4/25/2017, 8:58 am

Jaffa ... Our daughter and her family live in Cambridge, ON., which I believe is just west of where you are located. I'm wondering if Mrs TD and I could drop by to see your SFG on one of our visits to our daughter.  It would be in the summer.  If you are ever in the Ottawa area let me know if you would like to see what I have been doing with SFG.

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Post  Jaffa55 on 4/25/2017, 10:35 am

@trolleydriver wrote:Jaffa ... Our daughter and her family live in Cambridge, ON., which I believe is just west of where you are located. I'm wondering if Mrs TD and I could drop by to see your SFG on one of our visits to our daughter.  It would be in the summer.  If you are ever in the Ottawa area let me know if you would like to see what I have been doing with SFG.
 Of course. Smile  I'm only 10 minutes from the 401 exit, so it's definitely en route for you. It'd be nice to talk SFG in real life.  Hopefully I haven't killed everything by then. I'm sure the dandelions will be flourishing.

Occasionally I'm up in Ottawa as my X-sister in law & family lives up there, and we're still very close despite me having divorced her brother. I'll definitely want to see your garden if/when we get up that way again.
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Post  trolleydriver on 4/25/2017, 10:43 am

@Jaffa55 wrote:
@trolleydriver wrote:Jaffa ... Our daughter and her family live in Cambridge, ON., which I believe is just west of where you are located. I'm wondering if Mrs TD and I could drop by to see your SFG on one of our visits to our daughter.  It would be in the summer.  If you are ever in the Ottawa area let me know if you would like to see what I have been doing with SFG.
 Of course. Smile  I'm only 10 minutes from the 401 exit, so it's definitely en route for you. It'd be nice to talk SFG in real life.  Hopefully I haven't killed everything by then. I'm sure the dandelions will be flourishing.

Occasionally I'm up in Ottawa as my X-sister in law & family lives up there, and we're still very close despite me having divorced her brother. I'll definitely want to see your garden if/when we get up that way again.

Looking forward to meeting you and your garden.  Very Happy

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Post  Turan on 4/25/2017, 10:57 am

Very nice.  I look forward to watching your garden grow.
Really nice that you and TD could get together and admire each others gardens in person.

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Post  Jaffa55 on 4/25/2017, 2:06 pm

Now I have some extra motivation to make sure the garden does well!
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Post  RC3291 on 4/25/2017, 3:16 pm

Your garden looks great! This is my first garden, well first in many years and failed badly first and only other try. Hope you have great success.
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 4/29/2017, 7:58 am

Looks great!
I like the higher top-hat row (or is it a column?) and the use of the blinds on their edges instead of flat.
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Post  Mimi2 on 4/30/2017, 11:45 am

Your boxes look great Jaffa. So nice and new, and filled with excellent Mel's Mix from the sound of it. I can't wait to see new pictures of how you garden is growing. Keep us posted on your journey with composting too. TD is a real pro at composting- and I'm a bit of a dabbler, but find it oddly satisfying.
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Post  Jaffa55 on 6/21/2017, 3:12 pm

So, May 21st I was able to get some plants in the garden. It was a bit of a miserable rainy day, but I put in some tomatoes, peppers, peas, carrots, parnsips, various lettuces, spinach, and some herbs.  Some (ok, several) seeds did not end up going in a nice grid as I was struggling to see through my wet glasses.

I did end up with a makeshift fence made from rebar corners and chicken wire to keep the rabbits out and to stop the dog from running through. She already broke one of the blinds making up the grid.


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Post  Jaffa55 on 6/21/2017, 3:15 pm

And here's a more recent photo... I do have some weeds, but you can really see that there's been a lot of growth! Quite exciting.

The big gap in front of the peas is where my brussels sprouts were growing. Instead, some caterpillars have had a big feast.


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Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/21/2017, 8:52 pm

NICE!!!  Love your garden, you will be eating well!
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Post  sanderson on 6/22/2017, 2:14 pm

Nice!

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