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Starting things out.

Post  jbarrus on 3/2/2010, 3:28 pm

Am I the first to post in this forum? Woo hoo! It's time to start thinking gardens. I can't get tomatoes off of my mind! Anyone else excited?


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Hey John!!

Post  jinx on 3/2/2010, 9:16 pm

I'm excited too!! I'm just starting my first garden and have decided to try SFG. I have been getting my plot ready for boxes and finding anything I can for free in order to help make my budget stretch a little further. Last night I had dreams about building my boxes, LOL. Maybe tonight I will dream about planting them, or maybe eating fresh veges from them. I'm the only one who eats tomatoes in my house so I'll get them all to myself!

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Post  jbarrus on 3/3/2010, 11:40 am

Thanks for the reply. I love my gardens. I am doubling my garden space this spring. My kids are young, and I have recruited them to work in the garden with me. They love it. The also love to eat the food that they have helped to grow! Even tomatoes! My wife told me the other day that she didn't like tomatoes before because all she had eaten were the store bought ones. I have made a tomato convert! All because of SFG.

So, a few things I have learned. Make sure you get good compost. Some garden stores / greenhouses sell some stuff called soil pep as compost. I used it in my first 2 boxes and it worked horribly. Then I checked at a place called J & L (not J & J) Garden Center in Bountiful. They have a handout that describes several different compost/mulch products and they list Soil Pep as a mulch. The Central Davis Sewer District sells compost from their treatment lagoons for $10 per truck load. That is about 30 cubic feet of compost (or more, depending on how big your truck is) for $10. It is safe. They are strictly regulated and monitored, because it is treated sewage waste. I used it in 2 4x8 boxes last year and grew 5' tall tomato plants, more lettuce than I could eat and radishes, turnips, zucchini and cucumbers. Oh, and pole beans that climbed my 6' trellis and kept on going until they hung at least a foot over the back of the trellis.

I'm going to make cold frames with the clear plastic this year to get an early start.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. If I know the answer, I'll be happy to share. If not, I'll be happy to put in my two cents!

Good luck!


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It's time

Post  brf on 3/3/2010, 1:28 pm

I guess you could say that I'm excited. I started my heirloom tomato seeds January 19th. The bigger they get the more excited I get. I'm cheating this year though. I built a "hoop house" last fall and then built boxes inside. I hope to be transplanting in 2 - 3 weeks.

I got a late start but tried my first SFG last summer and had marginal success. But, I'm an all or nothing type guy so, this year I've added more boxes and have been getting them ready and filled with "mix". I'll have less time this year so I'm counting on the time savings.

I appreciate the advice and lessons of others. I've got a ways to go and lots to learn. Learning is such fun!



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