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Post  acara on 8/31/2010, 4:07 pm

Just dropping into say "hi" from sunny Florida (Zone 9).

I'm a gardening-virgin with 10 years experience Rolling Eyes

Decided to finally "get a book" and try to learn somthing about gardening, instead of doing the budget/spend "X" at home improvement stores, hope it last for "Y" & if everything goes as planned ..... I'll have the same stuff growing in my yard as every other lazy and/or uninspired suburbanite neighbor of mine What a Face

I happened to pick the SFG book off the rack & figured I'd give it a try.

I'm not a veggie-holic, wouldn't call myself eco-friendly & wouldn't know organic if it hit me in the head ..... but the idea of low maintenance growing, not having to dig something out of the ground with a pick-axe when it dies, fewer trips to Home Depot/Lowe's to replace plants, no fertilizing and minimal weeding is very appealing to me.

I'm also a bit of a tinkerer ... so building gadgety-gardening-gizmo's for my SFG-box sounds like some good-clean fun to keep me off the barstool at the local watering hole.
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Post  boffer on 8/31/2010, 4:53 pm

glad you\'re here to the forum.

Follow Mel's Mix recipe exactly when you start, and you won't have to worry about things like soil tests, pH, NPK, etc. Instead, you'll be able to spend your time "building gadgety-gardening-gizmo's" like trellises and table tops.

Being as far south as you are, you may have to learn methods to deal with pests and high temps, but quality soil shouldn't be a problem.

Ask all the questions you want, and don't forget that we love pictures.
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Post  WardinWake on 8/31/2010, 5:56 pm

@acara wrote:Just dropping into say "hi" from sunny Florida (Zone 9).

I'm a gardening-virgin with 10 years experience Rolling Eyes

I'm also a bit of a tinkerer ... so building gadgety-gardening-gizmo's for my SFG-box sounds like some good-clean fun to keep me off the barstool at the local watering hole.

Welcome to the SFG forum and family. We are a mix of experienced and new to gardening group. Friendly to a fault and just love to talk about Square Foot Gardening and other things as well. Be sure to check out the posts that announce CHATS and feel free to join in.

Again Welcome to our ever growing corner of the the gardening world.

God Bless, Ward and Mary.
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Post  Megan on 8/31/2010, 6:27 pm

Welcome to the forum, and to SFG! Very Happy
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Post  sceleste54 on 8/31/2010, 10:08 pm

You are going to have so much fun!! We used to live in Vero Beach. You can realistically garden Fall, Winter, and Spring. There are a few things I grew in the summer as well but in a "normal" summer where you get rain every afternoon, about the only things that did well were Okra and Field Peas. The bugs can be bad but you can get around those, and having your own home grown veggies almost year round is a tasty boon !! Welcome !!

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Post  Blackrose on 8/31/2010, 10:17 pm

Welcome to the Forum! glad you\'re here
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Re: New Floridian Intro

Post  acara on 9/1/2010, 6:08 am

Thanks all.

Hopefully I can get my first box done this (long) weekend.

Figuring I can "cut-my-teeth" on a single 4 x 4 this winter & possibly learn enough to try something bigger in the Spring.
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Post  johnfromfl on 9/1/2010, 8:34 am

Welcome to the group. I wonder if they are going to stop at one SFG frame.
I bet not!!!
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Post  acara on 9/1/2010, 12:29 pm

Welcome to the group. I wonder if they are going to stop at one SFG frame.
I bet not!!!

Bah ... I accept yr chalenge ...LOL

One SFG frame (for now), no problem ....

Enough space remaining to actually install mix or plants after I get done installing 500 gizmos ....... probably a huge problem Twisted Evil
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WELCOME NEIGHBOR!

Post  graficow on 9/1/2010, 5:23 pm

So happy to have someone on the forum who lives close by.
Im right near 41 and SR52

Lots of luck. You have found a wonderful place. Good people.
lots of info and help and yes, a lot of laughs.

Please know up front that SFG is addictive!

Have fun this weekend and send us pics.
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I'm from Odessa, FL

Post  sjfrunner on 9/9/2010, 5:07 pm

Just saw this group and thought I'd chime in. I'm from Odessa, NW Hillsborough County in suburban Tampa. I had one 4x4 garden that I started last March. I was successful with a few veggies, wasn't able to get tomatoes to grow. I think the pole beans shadowed them too much. Basically I learned what not to do in an SFG. the fall garden is in the works now, hopefully with better success. This site is lots of fun. I'm considering becoming trained to teach SFG.

Susie
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I'm from Odessa, FL

Post  sjfrunner on 9/9/2010, 5:14 pm

Just saw this group and thought I'd chime in. I'm from Odessa, NW Hillsborough County in suburban Tampa. I had one 4x4 garden that I started last March. I was successful with a few veggies, wasn't able to get tomatoes to grow. I think the pole beans shadowed them too much. Basically I learned what not to do in an SFG. the fall garden is in the works now, hopefully with better success. This site is lots of fun. I'm considering becoming trained to teach SFG.

Susie
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HI NEIGHBOR!

Post  graficow on 9/9/2010, 7:13 pm

Im so glad you found us. You will enjoy being here and learn a lot. We are a very caring group and now there are several of us from the same area.
Welcome to our group.
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Post  ander217 on 9/11/2010, 12:04 am

Welcome, Acara. Glad you picked up the SFG book.

I ditto what Boffer said - get your Mel's Mix right in the beginning to save yourself headaches later. I didn't use enough different kinds of compost and my plants didn't grow well at first. I had to add fish emulsion, bone meal, and epsom salts to my mix before my plants were happy enough to grow well. Make sure you hydrate your peat moss very well. In hot climates it makes a difference. (I also didn't water enough when my seedlings first emerged and some of them died.)

For me it's been a learning process, but I love the method.

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