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Post  orionsbelt on 3/19/2010, 12:21 am

Hi all,

I'm an aspiring square foot gardener with some mobility issues living in Virginia. I recently got control of a portion of the yard - the rest is an ornamental garden grown by my housemate (who is a Master Gardener). It's good to have a resource for information on pests! She isn't very familiar with square foot gardening, though.

Looking forward to learning and sharing with everyone.

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Post  WardinWake on 3/19/2010, 5:53 am

I'm an aspiring square foot gardener with some mobility issues living in Virginia. I recently got control of a portion of the yard - the rest is an ornamental garden grown by my housemate (who is a Master Gardener). It's good to have a resource for information on pests! She isn't very familiar with square foot gardening, though. Looking forward to learning and sharing with everyone.[/quote]

Howdy and welcome to the Square Foot Gardening.

The best way to learn about SFG is to get a copy of the, "ALL NEW Square Foot Gardening Book" by Mel Bartholomew. The book is available through this website as well as many book stores, Lowe's stores and a black and white version is available through some Dollar General stores.

You did not say what your mobility issues are so I can offer only some general advise there. Square Foot Gardens can be very successfully grown in Table Top (TT) height beds. The TT will need to have a bottom in it such as 3/4 inch untreated plywood with 1/4 inch drain holes every 12 inches and an extra hole in each corner. You can also make your bottom out of hardware cloth (wire) fastened to the underside of the box and weed barrier fastened to the bottom on the inside of the box.

The TT can be placed on any stable structure such as a table, set of sawhorses or a purpose built frame.

There a a number of individual and community gardens that use table top height SFG's for folks who garden from their wheel chairs. I use mine so I don't have to bend over to pick my veggies and flowers and it keeps the rabbits, slugs, and other ground critters from bothering the garden.

God Bless, Ward.


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Post  orionsbelt on 3/19/2010, 6:52 am

Yes! I just got the book and read it in one sitting.

In terms of table-top SFG - how does the drainage work if you're using a table? I have some Rubbermaid tables that I bought and unsuccessfully tried to grow container vegetables on. They do well in the weather, and look to be a good size. I am slightly concerned about how well the garden would drain, though. Although I suppose if containers can drain, the SFG shouldn't be a problem...

One other question about table top gardening - which I suppose could go in its own post. How does vertical gardening work on a table-top garden?

In terms of mobility issues - I have fibromyalgia, which causes pain and fatigue. So I have to pace myself in the garden, and get help with the heavy-duty tasks. Also, the not-bending-over would be a big plus.

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Post  WardinWake on 3/19/2010, 7:29 am

@orionsbelt wrote:
In terms of table-top SFG - how does the drainage work if you're using a table? I have some Rubbermaid tables that I bought and unsuccessfully tried to grow container vegetables on. They do well in the weather, and look to be a good size. I am slightly concerned about how well the garden would drain, though. Although I suppose if containers can drain, the SFG shouldn't be a problem...

If you experience drainage problems with your SFG that is on a table place a brick or other item under each corner of the bed to raise the bed off the table by a couple of inches.

One other question about table top gardening - which I suppose could go in its own post. How does vertical gardening work on a table-top garden?

A vertical can work with the TT concept except the bed will need to be close to the ground say about a foot above ground level and the trellis either attached to the box or secured to the ground.

In terms of mobility issues - I have fibromyalgia, which causes pain and fatigue. So I have to pace myself in the garden, and get help with the heavy-duty tasks. Also, the not-bending-over would be a big plus.

A big plus is the not bending over for long periods of time. I am up and down all day at work and the last thing I want to do when I get home is to be doing a lot of bending.

God Bless, Ward.

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Post  orionsbelt on 3/19/2010, 7:52 am

Thanks for all the great tips!

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Post  happyfrog on 3/19/2010, 8:11 am

i don't have fibromyalgia, but i do have RA and i also have CHF.

i LOVE square foot gardening! you're only going to be doing stuff for 5 minutes tops. which works well for me - esp with young kids.

the hardest part was setting up the mix and boxes - i had my husband do a lot of the work for me. Smile if you can get someone to help you with the initial set up (take about 4 hours from start to finish - including the process of deciding where the boxes should go - that took a while - indecisiveness, lol) you'll have a dream garden from then on.

i make compost in backyard and i'll turn a forkful every time i go by - i don't do it all at once =- too hard for me to do. . my husband will turn the whole thing though = takes him about 10 minutes.

you're gonna love sfg!

my boxes are all on the ground but because i'm not constantly having to bend and stuff it's not too hard. stiff on joints yeah but that's just life. . .

i love the rubbermaid tables you have - i've seen them in stores and drooled over them. Smile someday . . ..

oh, i've foudn that i can sfg in containers on my steps as well and those are easy to get to, because of my house layout i can stand on side of steps and easily reach 5 steps of containers w/o bending. Smile and it looks pretty, too - and encourages one to pick fresh produces on the way into the house

sorry my tyuping is worse than usual the baby keeps squriming on my lap.

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Post  orionsbelt on 3/19/2010, 12:10 pm

Those are some great suggestions! Thank you. I'm really excited about the whole sfg process, especially because I won't have to be weeding all the time and all of that nonsense.

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