Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

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.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» 2017 corn pictures
by Fiz Today at 7:41 pm

» Total lunar / solar eclipse
by Fiz Today at 7:37 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in August 2017? 2017
by Fiz Today at 7:29 pm

» Composting Particle Board?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 4:18 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by hammock gal Today at 4:13 pm

» Any Strange and Wonderful Visitors? Photos please!
by hammock gal Today at 4:09 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by trolleydriver Today at 3:19 pm

» Hello gardener's
by sanderson Today at 1:58 pm

» New England August 2017
by CapeCoddess Today at 12:13 pm

» The Best Steps for Storing Tomatillos
by donnainzone5 Today at 11:36 am

» Eggplant - (Japanese) Millionaire
by countrynaturals Today at 11:10 am

» What I've learned this year
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 9:17 pm

» Plumeria ?
by sanderson Yesterday at 6:07 pm

» How Many Square Feet Do You Have?
by llama momma Yesterday at 1:58 pm

» Cutting back on my SFG about 75%
by sanderson Yesterday at 12:38 pm

» Baba Ghanoush
by sanderson Yesterday at 12:04 pm

» Beets; Don't be intimidated!
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 11:05 am

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by sanderson Yesterday at 10:30 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by sanderson Yesterday at 10:09 am

» Caterpillars -Armyworm?
by BeetlesPerSqFt 8/19/2017, 8:58 pm

» Oregon City Newbie
by trolleydriver 8/19/2017, 1:04 pm

» Newbie Oldbie
by sanderson 8/19/2017, 12:53 pm

» who has chickens
by llama momma 8/18/2017, 1:40 pm

» Tips for compost tumbler
by trolleydriver 8/18/2017, 12:10 pm

» Franken-mato!!!
by hammock gal 8/18/2017, 7:48 am

» Mid-Atl - Aug 2017 - Planning/Planting Fall/Winter Garden
by BeetlesPerSqFt 8/17/2017, 11:05 pm

» Amaranth
by Scorpio Rising 8/17/2017, 9:53 pm

» It's actually more like surviving.... these days...
by RoOsTeR 8/17/2017, 3:14 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals 8/17/2017, 2:40 pm

» Heat wave and shade screen
by sanderson 8/17/2017, 1:17 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

old forum topics

View previous topic View next topic Go down

old forum topics

Post  dixie on 3/2/2010, 1:05 pm

When I first opened the forum section a few minutes ago, it was the old forum. I did a search on asparagus, read one topic & suddenly was here at the new forum. How can I view topics from the old forum again?
avatar
dixie

Female Posts : 766
Join date : 2010-03-02
Age : 68
Location : Southeast Tennessee

View user profile http://www.dixiedazzle.net

Back to top Go down

Re: old forum topics

Post  boffer on 3/2/2010, 1:26 pm

Time travel!

The old and new forums are not compatible, so the posts haven't been transferred. They are still there, and the admin tech is trying to figure out how to make them available.

It may have been a fluke, or maybe you discovered something we can use. We'll see if it happens to other members
avatar
boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 64
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

New to forum

Post  jinx on 3/2/2010, 2:01 pm

I'm new... to SFG, SFG forums and gardening in general. I have a question I need answered before I start building my boxes regarding the special circumstances of my property. I sent the question via email but haven't yet received an answer and was hoping to search the forums for the answer... but no forums to search. Hopefully you will find a way to move them all over.

So hoping maybe someone has an answer to my question:

I purchased land in Northern Davis County UT, last fall. They used old railroad ties for fencing posts around the main pasture. The place I hope to put my garden has some of these old posts on two sides. I can't afford to replace them this year... so my questions are; do I need to worry about leaching from the chemicals on the railroad ties? With Mel's Mix above the existing ground, how far away from the railroad tie post would be safe for my boxes? (hoping 4' is enough) Is 6" of Mel's mix soil still going to be enough plant depth?

Thanks to any one who may have some wisdom to share!

Jenn ~ of Davis County, UT
avatar
jinx

Female Posts : 99
Join date : 2010-03-02
Age : 44
Location : Northern Davis County, UT

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Old Ties:

Post  WardinWake on 3/2/2010, 3:06 pm

Jenn:

Because you will be putting Mel's mix on top of potentially contaminated soil be sure to put a good weed barrier fabric on top of the soil under the SFG box. This is something that you would do anyway to block weeds. 4 feet from the old ties should be fine and the longer the ties have been in place the less likely you will have a problem. Many gardens of years past have been bordered with old railroad ties and I have not heard of any problems associated with them.

In one of the community Square Foot Gardens that Mel visited in the New Orleans area this past year old ties were used as boxes and they did not seem to pose any problem at all.

I was a hard convert to thinking that 6 inches of soil (Mel's Mix) is all that is needed to successfully grow veggies and flowers in a SFG, but, now I am hooked on the idea. It truly works.

God Bless, Ward.
avatar
WardinWake

Certified SFG Instructor

Male Posts : 935
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 67
Location : Wake, VA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: old forum topics

Post  boffer on 3/2/2010, 3:07 pm

Hi Jenn,

Welcome to the forum. It's a little chaotic right now during the transition process.

I've never heard of leeching problems into SFG boxes. Mel recommends putting down weedblock first to keep the sfg mix separate from the existing soil. For even extra peace of mind, you could put down plastic, cardboard, or plywood to keep them separate.

It's true, 6 inches is plenty deep enough for almost everything.

Enjoy your sfg, they're a great way to garden
avatar
boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 64
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: old forum topics

Post  boffer on 3/2/2010, 3:09 pm

LOL

Ward, we gotta get synchronized
avatar
boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 64
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Yes to that.

Post  WardinWake on 3/2/2010, 3:28 pm

@boffer wrote:LOL

Ward, we gotta get synchronized

I answered a question a few minutes ago and as I hit "enter" your answer popped up. It was better than mine so i deleted my answer! bounce
avatar
WardinWake

Certified SFG Instructor

Male Posts : 935
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 67
Location : Wake, VA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Thanks guys!!

Post  jinx on 3/2/2010, 3:44 pm

Thanks! I feel better now. I just found enough free old bricks to do my boxes that I plan to go pick up as soon as I have some extra hands to help load. Now I will have extra in my budget to get better quality weed cloth and think about putting cardboard down first. We just moved and still have all our moving boxes so we have plenty of cardboard on hand as well. I picked up some free pallets last night to build my compost box... I'm getting more and more excited now!
avatar
jinx

Female Posts : 99
Join date : 2010-03-02
Age : 44
Location : Northern Davis County, UT

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: old forum topics

Post  jinx on 3/2/2010, 4:05 pm

@boffer wrote: For even extra peace of mind, you could put down plastic, cardboard, or plywood to keep them separate.

I'm curious, would you suggest to put cardboard on weedcloth first? How do you think it should be layered for best protection?

Thanks again! I'm going to have lotsssss of questions!

~Jenn
avatar
jinx

Female Posts : 99
Join date : 2010-03-02
Age : 44
Location : Northern Davis County, UT

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: old forum topics

Post  boffer on 3/2/2010, 10:06 pm

cardboard, then weedblock
avatar
boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 64
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: old forum topics

Post  happyfrog on 3/5/2010, 8:52 am

but i must offer a suggestion - don't go too nuts with the cardboard. otherwise you might have drainage problems . . .i learned that the hard way.

happyfrog

Female Posts : 625
Join date : 2010-03-04
Location : USA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: old forum topics

Post  jinx on 3/5/2010, 5:19 pm

@happyfrog wrote:but i must offer a suggestion - don't go too nuts with the cardboard. otherwise you might have drainage problems . . .i learned that the hard way.

Thanks for the warning! I will head to your advice. It is nice to be able to learn from others mistakes... that is why I love the Internet and access to a forum such as this!
avatar
jinx

Female Posts : 99
Join date : 2010-03-02
Age : 44
Location : Northern Davis County, UT

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: old forum topics

Post  Sponsored content


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