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Post  JAB822 on Mon May 31, 2010 11:04 am

Hi Everyone--

Looks like lots of New England folks are taking the SFG plunge, me included! I read the book cover to cover before I dove in and had to put up with some kidding from well-meaning neighbors and garden center employees. (What on earth are going to do with all that vermiculite?) This is not just my first SFG, it is my first garden EVER and I'm so excited. Just one simple 4x4 box. I like how it looks so neat and orderly. If I can figure out how to attach a picture I'll do that.

And then i need some advice about broccoli...

Enjoy this marvelous weather!

Judy in New Hampshire

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WELCOME!

Post  camprn on Mon May 31, 2010 11:17 am

glad you\'re here to the forum and from Keene, NH. There is already lots of info here, the search feature is very helpful. Jump right in, if you have photos to share that's great. I hope you are enjoying the fine weather. flower
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Re: Another newbie in New England

Post  Lavender Debs on Mon May 31, 2010 11:21 am

Hey! Hi. There is a whole forum of New England SFG'ners. All of them know what to do with vermiculite and will be delighted to encourage you to buy more!! So glad your weather is beautiful so you can get your garden going.
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Re: Another newbie in New England

Post  quiltbea on Mon May 31, 2010 7:37 pm

Welcome from your neighbor in Maine.
Check out the New England forum for answers that pertain to your area.
Our climate is different from the south and the west so New Englanders handle things a bit differently or time them differently.
I was new last year and loved it.
This year is even better since I was able to start earlier.
Broccoli is a cool-weather crop that grows well in the spring but if you miss putting in a seedling or two, wait for later in the summer to grow a fall crop of broccoli.
Good luck,
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Re: Another newbie in New England

Post  JAB822 on Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:22 pm

Thanks for the warm welcome. I am like an overprotective new mom, checking my garden about a zillion times a day (like is someone going to STEAL it??) I just can't get over that I put this together myself!

Oh and I think i blew it on the broccoli -- planted a seedling and I'm thinking it's too hot at this point? Oh well, I live, I learn.

Have a great evening!

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Re: Another newbie in New England

Post  martha on Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:31 pm

Hello, Judy! Welcome!

I was away from my computer over the week-end, so I am just now checking in. I planted broccoli this spring for practice. I don 't expect success until the fall crop, but I wanted to get a feel for it. So don't say you blew it, say you are doing research!
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Re: Another newbie in New England

Post  JAB822 on Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:40 pm

Thanks Martha -- I like how you think!

Trying to attach a picture of my babies -- let's see

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Re: Another newbie in New England

Post  quiltbea on Wed Jun 02, 2010 7:54 am

What a lovely raised bed. You are doing good.
You can direct seed broccoli seed in late spring. The heat will germinate the seeds and then they will grow nicely thru the warmth and do better when it starts to get cooler again and slow down so they won't go to seed on you.
It it gets too warm, above 85, cover it with shade cloth or cheesecloth held aloft with stakes or wire coat hangers.
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