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Post  Mirjam on 3/2/2010, 10:57 am

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Hi, mroos -- no, it's no problem that you speak Dutch on the forums -- I think that's the whole purpose of the forums!



I'm just outside of Paris, so have had a cold and snowy winter, just as you have had (not as bad as last year, happily!). I'm just getting ready to start some peppers and tomatoes indoors, so I have a head start if it ever gets warm enough!
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Paris region is a lot further south than where I am (Assen, Netherlands), so you will be able to start gardening outside much sooner than I am. I think I will be starting tomatoes somewhere halfway march. Spring still seems far away here, I just tested the soil in my sfg - still frozen solid Sad I only have broccoli started (tiny little plants now), and today I've started purple cauliflower and spinach. Spinach could have been sown outside, if only my soil would have been loose....

Ive made a "sort of" tent with gardenfleece now, maybe that will help it warm up a little faster.



Anyway, let's hope the warmer weather will get here soon.
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Post  Mirjam on 3/2/2010, 10:57 am

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Bonjour, Lafee



Welcome to the SFG forum!! I opened the Dutch topic especially for the Dutch-speaking people, but we can talk to eachother in English/ French right here if you like.



It is awesome to have SFG-conversations all over the world!!

Yesterday my husband made me a SFG-box, so I am progressing towards a real SFG. Smile
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Post  Mirjam on 3/2/2010, 10:58 am

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Hi, Ulrike -- thanks for the welcome. One of my best friends here is Dutch, but I'm afraid her language skills have not rubbed off on me at all!



Our ground is still frozen hard, and still a little snow in the shade, but I'm doodling on every spare piece of paper I can find -- planning my SFG as well as planning for my window boxes and flower beds.



I'm off work the next two weeks (I'm a teacher) so am planning to buy the materials for my SFG boxes and getting those built. I haven't decided yet whether to build one double-length box or two square boxes...probably depends on how long the lumber is I can fit into the car! Very Happy



Are your boxes in Holland 1m x 1m, or are they actually 4 feet square? I'm still working on how I'll accomplish that challenge...time to go to the DIY store.
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I saw the link to the bento-boxes on your weblog. it´s funny, because I love them too...I think a lot of people don´t know about Bento.
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Good catch on the baskets, mroos! Bright and cheery...and cheap! I'll have to have a look round here for something similar - I wasn't going to have potatoes, but that might make me change my mind. Fresh potatoes just can't be beat. There's plenty of farms around here, but potatoes and corn are best right out of the garden.
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Post  Mirjam on 3/2/2010, 11:09 am

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I thought of you this weekend - - I was in Winterberg (DE) visiting friends, and I think half the population of Holland was there to ski. Lots of snow there, but the rain on Monday will have it gone in a few more days. We had 11 today -- hurray! Still frost, but as soon as it stops raining, my boots and gloves are coming out. Bought my potatoes the other day (Charlottes for me for my first try with potatoes), and I see the garden centers are now selling your nice baskets here -- so I think I will have 3 or 4 for some sunny spots. I also found the borders I want -- they're made with rounds of wood, and have stakes already attached -- AND are 1,2m! They're also 120mm tall, so a little deeper than standard, which is good. So I don't have to do any cutting, measuring, painting, or anything -- I will pound them into the ground and have my instant SFG. (and they're only 3,56 each...even better!) So this weekend and early next week will see my assistant and I starting our work. That, plus pruning the roses, and cleaning out the old beds....yike. But the bulbs are now sticking their heads above the ground to watch all the fun...so I'll have narcisse and tulips soon.



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Post  Mirjam on 3/2/2010, 11:10 am

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I just finished my Square-foot-garden-box...and today I found out that next week a Square-meter-garden is on sale in some garden-shops. I did not even know these ready-made Square-meter-gardens existed! (As a matter of fact they are rather new,..in the shop since two months now.)


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Post  Mirjam on 3/2/2010, 11:17 am

Hi all,

I've re-posted all the posts I still had but some seem to be missing...most of the conversation is here again anyway.

@Lafee: did the heavy rains and storms of last weekend bother you in your region? I saw footage on the news of -I think- high waters in Paris, and immediately thought of you and your garden... just imagine you've just constructed it and filled it up, and than the water comes and washes it all away....

Not to mention the more serious damage ofcourse...


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Post  LaFee on 3/3/2010, 6:09 am

Hi, Mirjam - welcome!

Happily, there were only broken branches and signs blown over here -- but I feel so badly for the folks on the post. We stayed indoors Sunday, just so we wouldn't be hit by something falling off of a roof or something (and all the tiles appear to be where they are supposed to be!)

How did the Netherlands fare? I heard it was supposed to be worse to the north of us, and am hoping they were wrong!

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Post  Mirjam on 3/3/2010, 7:18 am

We had some pretty strong wind, and a lot of rain, but the only real problems were in the utter south, in Limburg. But as far as I've heard, it was nothing compared to the damage in France. I believe it was worse in Belgium...
Anyway, now that we all survived the storm, I'm happy to see a little sun this week. If it stays dry, I'll be cleaning up around the garden this afternoon... still a lot of leaves etc. to be cleaned up...I shoud turn the compost pile too, but I'll be perfectly happy if I can postpone that for some more time Smile
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Post  LaFee on 3/3/2010, 7:26 am

Most of the damage was in the south and west -- and sad, sad stories from there. Glad to hear you all came through without damage.

I worked some on Monday afternoon, and am just getting ready to head out today. About 10 here today, but a sunny beautiful day.

Lots of pruning and digging to do...but better than sitting indoors!

By the way -- for those of you in Holland, if you want to only post on one forum -- with the help of Google Translator, I can read your posts in Dutch...I can reply in English, or I can translate my responses into Dutch with the translator...as long as you all don't mind if a posts appears that I have put fish in my shoes.....

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Post  Mirjam on 3/3/2010, 10:52 am

It's not a problem typing in english, Holland is such a small country that we're all used to speaking other languages... the spelling and/or grammar will not always be correct, but I think it's still better than with the translation programs...
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Post  LaFee on 3/13/2010, 12:18 pm

I've circled today on the calendar -- today I started jalapeno peppers, bell peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, pumpkin, basil, and two kinds of flowers today (the flowers aren't for my SFG; they're for the beds and boxes)...So now it MUST warm up, because I'll have to plant them!

I'm hoping Wednesday to get my boxes built and filled, so I can plant early lettuce, carrots, and radishes.

Do I need to cover the early crops with fleece (I assume yes) -- We're still getting hard frosts at night.

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Post  Mirjam on 3/13/2010, 1:42 pm

Hi Lafee,
I've also been working hard in the garden today, started different varieties of carrots, radishes, parsnips, shizo (a herb) and saltwort outside. The weather is still quite cold, so I too have covered everything with fleece, it won't hurt them, so I think you can't go wrong with that. I really hope the warmer wheather will be coming.... but according to the forecasts here, we won't be seeing any sun until thursday...clouds clouds clouds... I'm so bored with the grey wheather!
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Vermiculite In Bordeaux area in France

Post  al b on 4/4/2010, 5:03 am

Hello to all European Square Foot Gardeners! I am an American who's just moved to a small village in southwest France. I am in the Bordeaux, Lesparre, Pauillac area. I have my boxes built, a source for Peat Moss and lots of good homemade compost, but I can't find a supplier in the local area for vermiculite. I have found on-line a place called Raja at www.raja.fr which sells 100L bags for about 25 euros per bag. I cannot tell what grade it is or if it's pure vermiculite and not mixed with concrete etc. It's labeled "Vermiculite Vermex M". Does anyone know of a source that will ship or close to me that supplies the correct grade of vermiculite? I am ready to plant as soon as I get it! Thank you, al b

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Post  LaFee on 4/4/2010, 5:25 am

Hi, Al -- I'm up here in the Seine-et-Marne.

I've found 100L bags of vermiculite at Leroy Merlin for 10,95 -- look in the insulation department, and you're likely to find it.

I'm pretty sure that if Leroy Merlin carry it, Bricomarche, Bricoman, M. Bricolage, Point P, Castorama, etc., etc., will carry, it, too.

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Vermiculite In Bordeaux area in France

Post  al b on 4/5/2010, 5:18 am

La Fee, this is the post that did it! You did answer me- I found what I need at Castorama in Bordeaux. I get it tomorrow. Thank you very much. The only other source I found that I can access was Raja - on-line and delivered, but it costs 24 euros a bag and Castorama has the same stuff for 12,05. So, thanks loads and I will keep you posted on how I do!

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