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Post  Roxystargazer on 5/25/2017, 11:48 am

I was recently given the SFG book (1st edition) and it has me very excited!!!  I know I'm starting a little late but I'm hoping to get 2 blocks in this weekend.  Right now I'm working on finding all the soil additives and figuring out exactly what I need and where to get it.  This should be fun!!!
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Post  sanderson on 5/25/2017, 12:21 pm

Roxy, Welcome to the Forum from California! glad you\'re here Was the book Mel's original concept using amended dirt? Or the All New Square Foot Gardening where no dirt is used? There are 2 editions of ANSFG, which is why I ask. Very Happy

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Post  trolleydriver on 5/25/2017, 12:35 pm

@sanderson wrote:Roxy,  Welcome to the Forum from California!  glad you\'re here  Was the book Mel's original concept using amended dirt?  Or the All New Square Foot Gardening where no dirt is used?  There are 2 editions of ANSFG, which is why I ask.  Very Happy
Welcome Roxy from Ottawa, Canada. Great to have you with us and we look forward to seeing your progress with SFG. BTW, sanderson's questions are important.

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Post  Roxystargazer on 5/25/2017, 5:31 pm

@sanderson wrote:Roxy,  Welcome to the Forum from California!  glad you\'re here  Was the book Mel's original concept using amended dirt?  Or the All New Square Foot Gardening where no dirt is used?  There are 2 editions of ANSFG, which is why I ask.  Very Happy
Hi Sanderson. I have the 2005 book...so I'm guessing I'm starting out of date already lol.  Reading it just got me so excited. It makes so much sense. Maybe I got too excited and am rushing? I looked on amazon and see there is a newer version. I'm really hoping to get started but maybe I need to slow down a bit.
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Post  Roxystargazer on 5/25/2017, 5:48 pm

I should add that I plan on starting with seedlings this year instead of seeds because of my late start.
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Post  SwampTroll on 5/25/2017, 7:15 pm

Welcome to the forums, from New Brunswick Canada.

I'm glad you're here, however before you get too crazy getting everything you need in the eagerness to garden, you should know that based on the date you provided, it looks as if you may have the original Square Foot Gardening book.

It has been GREATLY updated since then.   Much has been changed and simplified.   Simple is better right?   If at all possible, I'd try to get my hands on the All New Square Foot Gardening 2nd Edition book.  It may save you MUCH frustration and time.    It was published in 2013.  All New Square Foot Gardening 2nd Edition @ Barnes and Noble

It may even be available at your local public library.
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Re: New in NY...Hi all

Post  Roxystargazer on 5/25/2017, 9:01 pm

@SwampTroll wrote:Welcome to the forums, from New Brunswick Canada.

I'm glad you're here, however before you get too crazy getting everything you need in the eagerness to garden, you should know that based on the date you provided, it looks as if you may have the original Square Foot Gardening book.

It has been GREATLY updated since then.   Much has been changed and simplified.   Simple is better right?   If at all possible, I'd try to get my hands on the All New Square Foot Gardening 2nd Edition book.  It may save you MUCH frustration and time.    It was published in 2013. 

It may even be available at your local public library.
I'll be heading the library tomorrow! Thank you!
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 5/25/2017, 9:25 pm

Welcome to the forum, Roxy!  In Rochester, the lake should give you more moderate temperatures for gardening than if you were at the same latitude elsewhere. (It's to balance out that crazy lake effect snow!)
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/25/2017, 9:30 pm

Hi Roxy. Welcome from Atlanta, GA!

Yes, please, slow down until you read the All New SFG 2nd Edition. NO digging now! SO much easier...

Glad you're here. What are you planning to grow?
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/25/2017, 10:33 pm

@AtlantaMarie wrote:Hi Roxy.  Welcome from Atlanta, GA!

Yes, please, slow down until you read the All New SFG 2nd Edition.  NO digging now!  SO much easier...

Glad you're here.  What are you planning to grow?
It is super fun...and delicious!  You will have a great summer, lots of growing time yet!  Agreee, get the ANSFG, and you will be amazed at the production that comes out of those little squares!

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Post  Roxystargazer on 5/25/2017, 11:15 pm

@AtlantaMarie wrote:Hi Roxy.  Welcome from Atlanta, GA!

Yes, please, slow down until you read the All New SFG 2nd Edition.  NO digging now!  SO much easier...

Glad you're here.  What are you planning to grow?
Yea I'll get the new book. It's just so exciting. I grew on mostly self sustaining farm but That was a long time ago I live the burbs now and have physical limits with my body so I feel like sfg is a great find for . I want to grow mostly for me and bit for Mom. I plan to grow tomatoes, corn, beans, greens, peppers (hot and bell), and herbs. I figure 2 blocks this year and you never know later Smile
Right now grateful to have found this forum and so many kind people!
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 5/26/2017, 12:04 am

@Roxystargazer wrote: I grew on mostly self sustaining farm but That was a long time ago
My family had a garden, and while it was decades between then and when I started gardening, I still have a problem: I automatically start to try to pull out the big plants. But with SFG the big plants are the vegetables, NOT the weeds! It used to be the other way around...  Laughing
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Post  sanderson on 5/26/2017, 3:53 pm

If your 2005 book looks like this, it is the old method.  The 1st printing of the 1st Edition of All New Square Foot Gardening (ANSFG) was 2006, though copyrighted 2005.

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Post  Turan on 5/26/2017, 5:47 pm

@sanderson wrote:If your 2005 book looks like this, it is the old method.
This is my go to book. This year I have amended my soil in the greenhouse by adding perlite to get a lighter mix. If you have good soil to start with it is much easier and cheaper to not have to make Mel's Mix.

I don't want to be confusing but you shouldn't get pushed too fast into the newest version.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/26/2017, 7:44 pm

@BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:
@Roxystargazer wrote: I grew on mostly self sustaining farm but That was a long time ago
My family had a garden, and while it was decades between then and when I started gardening, I still have a problem: I automatically start to try to pull out the big plants. But with SFG the big plants are the vegetables, NOT the weeds! It used to be the other way around...  Laughing
Ha!  YES!  The plants are where you put them!  LOL!  

No kidding.  Game Changer.
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Post  Roxystargazer on 5/29/2017, 6:28 pm

So the new book wasn't available but I found Mel's recipe. I admit I left some of my soil in the mix to be a bit more cost effective and honestly the plants I grew last year without amendments did great.
I'm blown away at how much you can plant and how incredible it looks!!!!  I have corn, broccoli, cauliflower, bush beans, melon, cucumber, tomatoes, mescalin, spinach, red sail, romaine, and peppers. I'm going to be eating soooo good!!!
Thanks everyone!!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/30/2017, 8:54 pm

@Roxystargazer wrote:So the new book wasn't available but I found Mel's recipe. I admit I left some of my soil in the mix to be a bit more cost effective and honestly the plants I grew last year without amendments did great.
I'm blown away at how much you can plant and how incredible it looks!!!!  I have corn, broccoli, cauliflower, bush beans, melon, cucumber, tomatoes, mescalin, spinach, red sail, romaine, and peppers. I'm going to be eating soooo good!!!
Thanks everyone!!
Cannot wait to hear your journey! 

Keep detailed notes...very important.  And PICTURES!!!!!!  We love 'em.
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Post  sanderson on 5/31/2017, 12:13 am

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Cannot wait to hear your journey! 

Keep detailed notes...very important.  And PICTURES!!!!!!  We love 'em.
+1 And, photos!

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