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Re: February 1, 2011 in New England

Post  NHGardener on 2/27/2011, 7:44 pm

camprn, I can't imagine this snow is ever going to melt. This is crazy. However, I did order the seeds today. Smile

Getting back to the mix you use, how much do you figure it costs to fill one of your 4x4s with the mix? I ordered 13 different vegetable and herb seeds, PLUS another 5 different tomato varieties (because of the $15 minimum order on the tomatoes). I'm thinking I may need about 20 SFG's now. affraid And that does not count the 3 types of sunflowers (to make everyone happy) and the giant pumpkin that DH wants to try. Those aren't going in my precious garden space tho. Smile

I'm going to have about 2 days in between when the snow finally melts and when I have to get my boxes built, placed, and filled I think. Can't wait for melt!
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Re: February 1, 2011 in New England

Post  camprn on 2/27/2011, 8:57 pm

LOL... Don't panic, you have time. Last year when I was building the new garden from scratch I concentrated on one box at a time. Get your first box built and installed. Some folks are saying that each 4x4 takes <10 CF of Mel's Mix.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t5382-mm-really-settles#45557
When you have that done you can plant your cold spring crops like peas, spinach, beets, onions and shallots. Maybe Chard too. Then you have a few weeks, if need be, to get your other boxes in place.
Building a garden is intense and a bit time consuming because when the season arrives, well, time marches on. You can do it!
Did you find Agway or a grain store to buy the Mel's Mix ingredients?
OH and the lobster compost is Fabulous!!!!!


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Post  TryingForGreen on 2/27/2011, 9:06 pm

Lobster compost?? How did I miss that? Please explain.

I like the one-box-at-a-time idea. Keeps it from being so overwhelming. Good advice!

Friday I was trying to decide the percentage of lawn I could see vs. snow and now all is white again. -sigh-
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Re: February 1, 2011 in New England

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Post  NHGardener on 2/27/2011, 9:59 pm

camprn wrote:
Did you find Agway or a grain store to buy the Mel's Mix ingredients?

One of these days I'll actually be able to leave the driveway and get to Agway's. Which is not too far away. I wonder if Blue Seal has it too.

Lobster compost? Wow. That would be good because in order to be a good SFG, I guess I need to find 5 different types of compost. That sounds like a scavenger hunt. I can't even think of 5 different types of compost. Shocked Maybe they mean 5 different brands of compost. Ha!

Thanks for the encouragement. Your photos are a really great help, watching how you progressed with your boxes. I'm glad you thought to take pictures as you went along.
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Re: February 1, 2011 in New England

Post  camprn on 2/27/2011, 10:00 pm

Yeah I use the Blue Seal store if I can.
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Post  auntij on 2/27/2011, 11:21 pm

Camprn I love the shrimp n seaweed and the lobster n seaweed composts. I get mine from Wholefoods. What an eye opener on a hot day though hehehe I have found several really good products. I like my chickety doo doo (yes that's the real name). I really wish I knew someone with bunnies their doo doesn't need time to compost like everything else. :drunken:

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Re: February 1, 2011 in New England

Post  TryingForGreen on 2/28/2011, 8:13 am

That's partly why we're getting 2 bunnies in April - my boys' first pets. I like the idea of a pet whose poop is actually useful.
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