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lessons learned from my first SFG

Post  kshimpi on 11/28/2010, 8:28 pm

Here is a link to the pics from my first square foot garden.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kshimpi/sets/72157624695599142/

Lessons learned:
Broccoli and collards were too much work - spray to keep worms off, too long to grow, etc. Probably won't include those again next year.

Arugula and romaine lettuce were my favorite salad greens. Red lettuce grew well but did not have much taste.

Dome nettings are essential with newly planted seeds and sprouts.

Sugar snap peas do best in the back of the bed so you can put a trellis behind them.

Baby carrots did well, a little sweet tasting, but took longer than I thought they would to grow.

The adirondack blue potatoes did ok, but better in a traditional garden. Maybe they need to be planted deeper than the box level (my beds had a bottom to them b/c the area can get muggy after lots of rain).

My kids ate most of my harvests straight out of the ground. Today they were fighting over the baby carrots...now that is all good in my book!

Definitely need more beds for the spring. Just need to take down a big oak that is in the way of my morning sun.

This was an awesome family project that I hope turns into a tradition!

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Re: lessons learned from my first SFG

Post  Furbalsmom on 11/28/2010, 9:29 pm

Congratulations on a successful first season.

Glad you found a gardening method that suits you and your family. What a great way to teach your children about how to grow food and get them to experiment with eating new food items.

It is time to start planning nexts year's spring, cool weather garden.

Have fun.

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