Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» compost thermometer
by plantoid Today at 6:13 am

» Newbie composting questions
by MrBooker Today at 6:12 am

» Senseless Banter...
by sanderson Today at 1:47 am

» Hello from San Antonio, Tx.
by sanderson Today at 12:53 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Today at 12:40 am

» 17 Everyday Things You've Been Doing Wrong
by has55 Yesterday at 11:28 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by donnainzone5 Yesterday at 9:23 pm

» Plantoid' s going into hospital ....
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:27 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in September 2016
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:19 pm

» SFG Adventure of a first time gardener in ND
by Robbomb116 Yesterday at 7:57 pm

» Second Year SFG in Canada
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:51 pm

» N&C Midwest: September 2016
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:43 pm

» What's a good type of lettuce to try for some one who doesn't like lettuce?
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 11:59 am

» Mid-South: October 2016
by yolos Yesterday at 10:36 am

» In between
by Scorpio Rising 9/28/2016, 8:33 pm

» Tomato Mystery Mix
by sanderson 9/28/2016, 11:26 am

» Easy and Fabulous Crockpot Marinara
by trolleydriver 9/28/2016, 11:03 am

» newbeone
by Cajun Cappy 9/28/2016, 8:59 am

» The Research Journey:free-The Gardener’s Guide TO PERFECT GARDEN SOIL
by has55 9/28/2016, 6:40 am

» parsnips in square foot garden?
by sanderson 9/28/2016, 2:57 am

» The SFG Journey-Cover crops
by jimmy cee 9/27/2016, 9:45 pm

» Oh no! My hibiscus moscheutos plant has some roots exposed!
by RJARPCGP 9/27/2016, 9:37 pm

» Tryst with my first DIY SFG
by Mimi2 9/27/2016, 8:12 pm

» New England September 2016
by sanderson 9/27/2016, 7:50 pm

» Soil Blocks: Tutorial In Photos
by sanderson 9/27/2016, 2:57 pm

» Compost
by camprn 9/27/2016, 8:13 am

» Hand Pollination ?
by camprn 9/27/2016, 8:11 am

» The Research Journey:SELF-WATERING SALAD GARDEN COURSE
by has55 9/26/2016, 6:58 pm

» Admin back! Classic cars
by AtlantaMarie 9/26/2016, 5:38 pm

» Kale & Parsnip Question
by countrynaturals 9/26/2016, 3:09 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Fall Garden Sep. 1

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Fall Garden Sep. 1

Post  Josh on 9/1/2010, 5:11 pm

The fall gardens are looking pretty good, it's cooling off and raining a little more now.


Josh

Certified SFG Instructor

Male Posts : 741
Join date : 2010-03-05
Age : 21
Location : Illinois zone 6

View user profile http://greenesgardenthings.forumotion.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Fall Garden Sep. 1

Post  Chopper on 9/1/2010, 6:57 pm

Gorgeous as usual. As always, love your pictures!

Chopper

Female Posts : 2467
Join date : 2010-05-05
Age : 61
Location : Warner Springs, CA USDA Zone 8a, Sunset Zone 7 (I think)

View user profile http://thezimmermannfamilytoo.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Fall Garden Sep. 1

Post  janice on 9/3/2010, 9:57 am

Hi:
I am also doing the SFG in containers. Those look smaller than mine though...what size are they? Are those plastic liter bottoms? It looks cool!

Janice

janice

Posts : 2
Join date : 2010-08-24
Location : Sringfield, VA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Fall Garden Sep. 1

Post  martha on 9/3/2010, 12:09 pm

Josh, can you tell me more about that bottom photo? It looks absolutely gorgeous, and I would love to, ahem, borrow your idea! (Unless you've copyrighted it! Wink )

martha

Female Posts : 2188
Join date : 2010-03-03
Age : 59
Location : Acton, Massachusetts Zone 5b/6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Fall Garden Sep. 1

Post  boffer on 9/3/2010, 12:27 pm

@martha wrote:Josh, can you tell me more about that bottom photo?

Hey, Martha! what\'s up, dude

If you spent less time on vacation and more time reading the forum, you'd know all about Josh's wall of flowers!

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/outside-the-box-f40/wall-of-flowers-t2552.htm

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/outside-the-box-f40/recycled-self-watering-containers-for-plants-t2318.htm

____________________________

Last frost date (50%): April 15     First frost date (50%): Oct 15    
Zone: Irrelevant

boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 63
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: Fall Garden Sep. 1

Post  martha on 9/3/2010, 2:58 pm

who?me?

martha

Female Posts : 2188
Join date : 2010-03-03
Age : 59
Location : Acton, Massachusetts Zone 5b/6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Fall Garden Sep. 1

Post  Josh on 9/3/2010, 4:58 pm

sorry I didn't post sooner.

thanks boffer for posting the link to the instructions to the self-watering soda bottle container.

The lettuce seems to really like the containers and they are growing really good,the cabbage too. The cucumber vine died,maybe because it was a transplant and it might have done better if I had just planted the seeds in the container.

One really important thing to remember if you make the self watering soda bottle pots,is when you put the mel's mix in the top part,make sure you pack it tightly into the neck of the bottle. If you don't the mix will come out into the bottom piece,and make sure you push the top neck piece all the way down into the bottom piece so that it touches the bottom,sometimes I have to trim the bottom piece a little so that the top piece will fit all the way down into the bottom.

Josh

Certified SFG Instructor

Male Posts : 741
Join date : 2010-03-05
Age : 21
Location : Illinois zone 6

View user profile http://greenesgardenthings.forumotion.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Fall Garden Sep. 1

Post  boffer on 9/3/2010, 6:21 pm

Hey Josh,

What do you think about using a small piece of netting, crop cloth, cheese cloth, or nylon stockings over the hole and held in place with a rubber band? Would that make the soil packing and bottle fit less critical?

How's school going so far?

____________________________

Last frost date (50%): April 15     First frost date (50%): Oct 15    
Zone: Irrelevant

boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 63
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: Fall Garden Sep. 1

Post  Josh on 9/6/2010, 4:21 pm

okay Good idea! That would solve the problem boffer!

Josh

Certified SFG Instructor

Male Posts : 741
Join date : 2010-03-05
Age : 21
Location : Illinois zone 6

View user profile http://greenesgardenthings.forumotion.com/

Back to top Go down

Longevity?

Post  ander217 on 9/7/2010, 8:17 am

Josh, I've been wondering how long your bottles last. Did they make it all summer through two heat waves? Does the water in the bottom eventually get "icky" and have to be replaced? Did the water attract insects?

How well do you think these would work for indoor winter gardens? Are they stable enough to sit alone when filled with top-heavy plants?

I love this idea, but we don't drink sodas. I'll have all winter to scrounge from friends to try it next year, but I'd really like to try one or two this winter.

You are so inspirational. cheers

ander217

Female Posts : 1450
Join date : 2010-03-16
Age : 61
Location : Southeastern Missouri (6b)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Fall Garden Sep. 1

Post  Josh on 9/14/2010, 9:00 pm

ander the bottles last a long time,about 4 years ago my Jr. master gardener group made some of them and took cuttings and rooted them and then sold them for money for our group,my mom had some extras she planted flowers in. They have been outside since 4 years ago and they are still just as good as when we made them.

As for the water in them getting icky,I only had a couple do that, and it was because the top piece was not pushed all the way down and the soil mix leaked out into the water,I washed them out and redid them and they are ok now. Boffer had a good idea for helping to keep the soil from leaking out into the water too. To help keep the water from getting icky also I waited till the bottom piece was completely out of water before adding more water. If you are planting something that doesn't like a lot of water then just don't add water to the bottom as much or as often.

There wasn't any problem for me with insects.

My mom used them in the house for house plants too and they worked really good for that too.

Josh

Certified SFG Instructor

Male Posts : 741
Join date : 2010-03-05
Age : 21
Location : Illinois zone 6

View user profile http://greenesgardenthings.forumotion.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Fall Garden Sep. 1

Post  Sponsored content Today at 6:19 am


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum