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Post  grantsvilleguy on Sun Sep 05, 2010 6:24 pm

Well, my wife and I have been gardening in raised garden beds for years now, but not following Mel's method. I was completely unaware of the method. I used raised beds because my soil here is more like gravel and dust. I made them a foot deep because I had no idea that i could do it only 6 inches deep! I'm looking forward to employing Mel's methods to my garden and having better results. Smile I filled the boxes w/ compost from my municipal dump and have topped off with homemade stuff and with more from there. Guess my first task is to figure out how to add the peat moss and vermiculite so i can have that delicious sounding friable mel's mix. mmm mmm mmm. my veggies are gonna love that! I plan on converting my all compost boxes to mel's mix over time. Just a box or two a year so i can keep it affordable.
I've already put grids on 2 boxes that I'm done with for the year and I feel more productive already. afro
I'm also really excited to grow my squash up a trellis like is described in the book, but really didn't understand much of what mel wrote about tomato vines and trellises. I can't really say i've ever seen a tomato vine plant.
Anyway, I'm glad to have found this resource and to have the opportunity to talk gardening with such a great bunch of people like you guys!

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Re: hello from my perch on the rim of the great basin

Post  Megan on Sun Sep 05, 2010 7:34 pm

Hi there, and welcome! glad you\'re here

I am new here this year as well, and it is such a great place. I hope you will share with use your experience in raised bed gardening! I have been trellising my squash and tomatoes this year. The squash is a little ornery but it WILL be trellised, if you convince it. (I just needed a much bigger trellis is all!) My tomatoes are just nudging 8 feet, which is small by comparison to some of the reports I've been reading here.

Where is great basin? The US has many watersheds. I completely understand if you don't want to be more specific, I'm just curious. Smile

Happy Labor Day, and happy gardening! flower

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Re: hello from my perch on the rim of the great basin

Post  kiwirose on Sun Sep 05, 2010 7:36 pm

Welcome - you are right, this is a terrific resource and if your less entheusiastic gardening friends don't want to hear another squash story, we will always listen - a lovely resourse that is so valuable.

Collectively there is so much knowledge and experience here that I am not sure that there is a problem that someone hasn't come across. I have really enjoyed that - and the humor Smile

Enjoy the rest of your labor day weekend

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Re: hello from my perch on the rim of the great basin

Post  Chopper on Mon Sep 06, 2010 2:13 pm

Found this - Great Basin outlined in pink:


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Re: hello from my perch on the rim of the great basin

Post  grantsvilleguy on Sun Sep 26, 2010 10:06 pm

I'm in Northwest Utah more specifically. I can see the Great Salt Lake from my backyard deck.

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Post  Garden Angel on Mon Sep 27, 2010 1:00 pm

Welcome from California! I like how you speak for your veggies, mmmm !

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