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Greetings from the coast of Maine

Post  Linda High on 7/28/2010, 4:51 pm

I'm delighted to join this wonderful group of SF gardeners! I've been gardening for 35 years and one of the things I enjoy most is trying something new. A new variety, a new tool, a new method. And that's what has brought me to SFG this year.

I've always been an organic gardener. I made the switch to raised beds, intensive and successive planting 20 years ago. A year ago we moved to this home in Saco, Maine that didn't have a vegetable garden. The soil is wicked bad clay. We built several raised beds last fall that we filled with compost and loam. And we're off to a good start with the garden this year. But now we're ready to add more beds for next year and we're going to go with SFG and Mel's mix.

I'm a weaver by profession so working with grids comes naturally for me. And the
precision and organization of SFG appeals to me.

My thanks for all the helpful advise you offer here!
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Re: Greetings from the coast of Maine

Post  Chopper on 7/28/2010, 5:55 pm

Welcome and I am sure your 35 years of gardening will help us all, too. I look forward to hearing about your garden.

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Post  camprn on 7/28/2010, 7:25 pm

glad you\'re here Welcome to the Forum neighbor!
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Welcome Linda

Post  GloriaG on 7/28/2010, 8:02 pm

Linda,

I am so happy to meet you! I also am a professional weaver and just returned from HGA Convergence. It's amazing what a good counterpoint Gardening is to weaving. I look forward to seeing some photos of your garden. Good luck and welcome!

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Weavwer welcome

Post  trustinhart on 7/28/2010, 8:05 pm

glad to have you with us!!
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Post  moosedroppings on 7/29/2010, 7:49 am

Welcome to the forum!
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Thank you!

Post  Linda High on 7/29/2010, 8:09 am

I appreciate the warm welcome from all of you!

I thought I'd start my new SFG project with locating a source for the vermiculite. My very first try was our local Agway store and bingo! A3 coarse in 6 cu ft bags. For those not in our region, Agway is a chain of locally owned grain/farm/lawn & garden stores. What they carry will vary with the local demands. I have added our local store to the Vermiculite Database.
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Re: Greetings from the coast of Maine

Post  Lavender Debs on 7/29/2010, 9:04 am

Your bio is a delight! I did not know that professional weaver was an American occupation and have been introduced to two on this little thread.

By the way, do you have a blog? You are fun to read.

I found myself nodding my head in recognition through your post, I can relate to your history and your today. We have also found ourselves on coastal "wicked bad" soil (on the Washington State coast). We tried a wide row of French intensive but it was disappointing. This is my rooky season for SFG and it satisfies my lust for green growing things and challenges my imagination in the kitchen. The only thing I'm missing is a corn patch but am encouraged to read of successful SFG corn from SFGardeners on this page. The only thing I don't get much of is dirt in my fingernails.

Deborah.... have you met Quiltbea yet?
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Re: Greetings from the coast of Maine

Post  Linda High on 7/29/2010, 9:46 am

Nice to meet you, Lavender Debs!

No, I don't have a blog. I've always figured that I either had time to do it or write about it. But not both!

As much as we love fresh corn it's probably going to be low on the list of crops here. We have a resident racoon who raids the cracked corn in the birdfeeders and from the glint in his eye he's just waiting for us to plant some fresh sweet corn. There's a farm stand up the street that sells wonderful corn, $1/doz. (OK, that's not selling it. It's giving it away.) For the two of us I can buy only what we need, as we need it, all summer long.

You said that gardening challenges your imagination in the kitchen. You must be growing zucchini! This spring I had way too many radishes. The best I came up with was radish sandwiches. Black bread, cream cheese, and thinly sliced radishes. After three weeks of these for lunch I was glad the bugs spoiled the rest of the crop.

Looking forward to hearing how your rookie year with SFG goes!
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Re: Greetings from the coast of Maine

Post  Chopper on 7/29/2010, 1:33 pm

@Linda High wrote: This spring I had way too many radishes. The best I came up with was radish sandwiches. Black bread, cream cheese, and thinly sliced radishes. After three weeks of these for lunch I was glad the bugs spoiled the rest of the crop.

Radishes, as it turns out, are quite versatile. I had the same problem, as I am planting them as a companion plant and ended up with way, too many. I ended up using radishes in EVERYTHING. I found a great recipe for salsa that includes radishes, I pan fried them with other veggies, I added them to most cooked dishes. They become very sweet when cooked. There is very little you can't do with a radish that you couldn't do with a carrot or a turnip. Who kbew? Not me.

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Re: Greetings from the coast of Maine

Post  Megan on 7/30/2010, 6:58 am

Welcome, Linda! I grew up in NH and Maine. We had a great farm in NH, but in Maine we were right up under some pine trees. Your website looks great!
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