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
» Third Year SFG in Canada
by hammock gal Today at 6:37 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by trolleydriver Today at 4:56 pm

» who has chickens
by llama momma Today at 1:40 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in August 2017? 2017
by Kelejan Today at 1:34 pm

» Tips for compost tumbler
by trolleydriver Today at 12:10 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 10:26 am

» Franken-mato!!!
by hammock gal Today at 7:48 am

» Mid-Atl - Aug 2017 - Planning/Planting Fall/Winter Garden
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 11:05 pm

» Amaranth
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:53 pm

» Newbie Oldbie
by yolos Yesterday at 8:17 pm

» It's actually more like surviving.... these days...
by RoOsTeR Yesterday at 3:14 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 2:40 pm

» Heat wave and shade screen
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:17 pm

» Sweet Potatoes
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:04 pm

» Grow Produce from Produce!
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:18 am

» Huge Box of Seeds from 2003!
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:12 am

» Water....
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 8:45 am

» Bee 'Sleeping' in Cucumber Flower
by hammock gal Yesterday at 7:10 am

» Store Bought Compost
by plantoid Yesterday at 6:58 am

» N & C Midwest: August is here!!! 2017
by Scorpio Rising 8/16/2017, 9:58 pm

» Monarch Supporter
by Scorpio Rising 8/16/2017, 6:54 pm

» Top Dressing with Compost
by donnainzone5 8/16/2017, 3:59 pm

» What do you know about making sauerkraut?
by CapeCoddess 8/16/2017, 3:55 pm

» cherokee purple...seed to dish
by CapeCoddess 8/16/2017, 12:57 pm

» I feel VERY fortunate!
by AtlantaMarie 8/16/2017, 8:28 am

» Things You Never Knew Existed Until SFG...
by llama momma 8/16/2017, 6:47 am

» Anyone want walking onions??
by RoOsTeR 8/15/2017, 9:27 pm

» What weed? is this? (with pic)
by yolos 8/15/2017, 8:53 pm

» Ground Cherries
by Scorpio Rising 8/15/2017, 7:18 pm

» What I've learned this year
by countrynaturals 8/15/2017, 4:38 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Another new SFGer in NC

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Another new SFGer in NC

Post  joyfulmommy on 2/19/2011, 9:03 pm

Hi fellow gardeners! I can relate to Heidi's post. Our yard is also pure clay. We had successful SFGs for a few years in NY. Then when we first moved here 3 years ago, we tried to use Mel's wisdom to help the clay - blending his perfect soil ingredients with the existing clay. It was not successful. Too messy to work in, stained our hands, roots couldn't get through it. So we're starting fresh. Today we removed the sod from a strip along the side of our yard about 30' by 2'. I'm excited that by devoting a little narrow strip we'll never miss, we'll get lots of good garden space. We're going to try making the box about 10" deep to make it easier to grow carrots and potatoes. Has anyone ever tried that?

When is a good time to plant peas from seed here? Looking forward to learning from everyone.

joyfulmommy

joyfulmommy

Posts : 1
Join date : 2011-02-19
Location : Southeast U.S.

View user profile

Back to top Go down

RE: Another new SFGer in NC

Post  Goosegirl on 2/19/2011, 9:16 pm

Welcome! I am not in NC but I enjoy reading the posts from everyone everywhere. You are going to love it here!

Goosegirl
avatar
Goosegirl

Female Posts : 3412
Join date : 2011-02-16
Age : 52
Location : Zone 4A - NE SD

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Another new SFGer in NC

Post  HPartin on 2/23/2011, 4:14 pm

According to the worker at Logan Trading you can plant peas now.

Heidi

HPartin

Female Posts : 120
Join date : 2011-02-14
Location : 7b (Angier, NC)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Another new SFGer in NC

Post  walshevak on 2/23/2011, 4:39 pm

Welcome. I'm over nearer the NC coast and 1 zone warmer. I planted some peas in a 1 1/2 x 2 plastice tub two weeks ago. They are up about an inch now.

Kay
avatar
walshevak

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4354
Join date : 2010-10-17
Age : 74
Location : wilmington, nc zone 8

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Another new SFGer in NC

Post  Furbalsmom on 2/23/2011, 5:57 pm

@Joyfulmommy wrote: when we first moved here 3 years ago, we tried to use Mel's wisdom to help the clay - blending his perfect soil ingredients with the existing clay. It was not successful. Too messy to work in, stained our hands, roots couldn't get through it. So we're starting fresh. Today we removed the sod from a strip along the side of our yard about 30' by 2'. I'm excited that by devoting a little narrow strip we'll never miss, we'll get lots of good garden space. We're going to try making the box about 10" deep to make it easier to grow carrots and potatoes. Has anyone ever tried that?

Joyfulmomy. So glad to have you here.
It sounds like you may have been using the original Square Foot Gardening book. Did you know there was an ALL NEW SQUARE FOOT GARDENING book that came out around 2006? In it, Mel made SFG even easier, one of his major changes was instead of amending your exisiting soil, you create a new soil made of peat moss, vermiculite and blended compost and place that on top of your existing soil (and you don't mix it in). That way, you don't care whether your existing soil is clay, sand or any other "bad" type of soil.

Mel's new book also addresses the depth issue. 6 inches of Mel's Mix is enough for most of your crops. If you need a deeper depth for things like carrots and potatoes, you can build a "High Rise", an open bottomed box that is 6 or 8 inches high and place it on top of just the area where you need the greater depth.

Below is a link to our own SFG Foundation. They offer a bottomless square that you place over 1 Sq Ft of your garden and fill that with Mel's Mix.
Top Hat

We have also had members create their own bottomless high rise or top hat. cheers I personally will be adding a high rise that is one foot by four feet (all across one side of my 4 X 4 SFG) so that I can grow several varieties of carrots over the summer. One type I am trying, Deep Purple, can grow 12 to 14 inches long!

Whatever you decide to do, enjoy yourself and grow some veggies.
avatar
Furbalsmom

Female Posts : 3141
Join date : 2010-06-10
Age : 70
Location : Coastal Oregon, Zone 9a, Heat Zone 2 :(

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Another new SFGer in NC

Post  dizzygardener on 2/24/2011, 10:41 am

Where in NC are you? There are 3 or 4 different hardiness zones that run through the state. Each one is going to have different start dates.

I'm out in WNC. I'm in zone 6b. I start my seeds and plant my plants about 2-3 weeks later than the folks out in Raleigh.
avatar
dizzygardener

Female Posts : 668
Join date : 2011-01-26
Location : WNC 6b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Another new SFGer in NC

Post  HPartin on 2/24/2011, 3:20 pm

I am just south of Raleigh. I finally (today!) planted my cauliflower, cabbage, parsley, broccoli and kale seedlings. I seeded lettuce, beets, swiss chard, peas and onions. This is my first garden and I'm pretty excited about it. If it should fail the whole southeast might hear me wail. Wink.

I think Raleigh is in zone 7 but I am in 8.

Heidi

HPartin

Female Posts : 120
Join date : 2011-02-14
Location : 7b (Angier, NC)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Another new SFGer in NC

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