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Post  sheslostit on 3/11/2011, 6:05 pm

Well today was the day to collect the stuff to convert my old row garden box to a SGF. Let's just put it this way..i'm off to a rocky start LOL. It started off with trying to first find the vermiculite. When I went to my reliable nursery, the only one they had was the 2 cubic feet, and it was only $5 less than the 4 cubic feet. So I went home and started calling around. I found out there there is shortage of vermiculite and the 4 cubic feet is hard to find. I finally found one place and had to drive to Atlanta to get it. No biggie, I enjoy a little drive (40 min to be exact). Got some of my stuff then went back to the nursery for the remaining supplies. I started working on my mix and was doing well, when i noticed that I was filling up my boxes very quickly and still had a TON of compost, pete moss, and vermiculite. I went upstairs and reread the mix part of the SFG and forgot one important part...divide everything by 3. DOUHHHH! So now i get to return the stuff tomorrow since the nursery is closed. Just when i thought i couldn't get any dumber...I went to the SFG forum and read a great post...remember to wet down your pete moss....uggghh I forgot that part. Okay how many brain farts can I have in one day. I forgot that step too. Man I'm having a moment LOL. I'm still so excited about trying SFG despite my misadventures. Just hope I didn't screw it up too bad. Hopefully other newbies will learn from my lapse of any brain cells today. LMAO. Some days I swear the hamster upstairs is no longer spinning on its wheel LOL

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Post  dizzygardener on 3/11/2011, 6:32 pm

Kinds fits considering your screen name. Smile

LOL! Sorry, I couldn't resist.

It happens to us all. At least you've got your MM in! You are now one step closer to yard fresh veggies!

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Re: Misadventures in SFG

Post  sheslostit on 3/11/2011, 6:50 pm

I have had this screen name for a long time (even before this forum)...and I chose it because i swear i can be an airhead LMAO and no offense was taken...if you can't laugh at your self who can you laugh at . I figured I'd share my amusing story so others could learn from my brain farts (: Laughing

Hope I give someone a chuckle LOL

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Re: Misadventures in SFG

Post  Megan on 3/11/2011, 7:39 pm

Did you know we have a Mel's Mix calculator?
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t5088-mel-s-mix-calculator

Hope this helps. And good luck with your boxes! Sounds like you are making progress. They are going to take out our trees tomorrow, I am so excited.


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Re: Misadventures in SFG

Post  sheslostit on 3/11/2011, 7:44 pm

didn't know about that...that would of helped. Thanks i'll use it if i ever build any more. Thanks a ton for that info.

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Re: Misadventures in SFG

Post  boffer on 3/11/2011, 7:45 pm

You might consider keeping some of your merchandise. By mid-summer, I predict that you'll be thinking about adding more boxes. You'll have a great head start!

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Re: Misadventures in SFG

Post  dixie on 3/11/2011, 8:10 pm

If you have a farmer's co-op or feed store/hardware you might have better luck & better prices, but I doubt they can help with your brain farts. So glad you are trying sfg & found the forum.

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Re: Misadventures in SFG

Post  sheslostit on 3/11/2011, 8:36 pm

[img]http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/[/img]thanks guys for the advice and encouragement. You could be right about wanting to add boxes...but right now i'm already starting pretty big. My hubby built me two planters last year, so right now i have 2 that are 10x1 and one that is 7x1. And i am planning on building a 4x4. Don't want to get too over zealous this year. I think that's starting pretty big as it is..but i'm so excited. Here's some pics of my garden...i introduced it in my intro but i like it and proud of my hubby's work.

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Re: Misadventures in SFG

Post  acara on 3/11/2011, 9:16 pm

Dang ...send hubby to my house

My boxes never looked that professional

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Post  sheslostit on 3/12/2011, 7:36 am

thanks acara...that's what happens when you marry an engineer...but it also took him 4 weeks to build. By the time it was done, it was almost may...had a late summer crop. But the do look very nice in the front of the house

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Re: Misadventures in SFG

Post  FarmerValerie on 3/12/2011, 8:51 am

Maybe you could get you some trash cans to store your "leftovers" in, I've read here the MM does compact after the first year, and too if you add more next year, you already have what you need ready, just a thought.

Reading your posts was like listening to my daughter, she's 12 and has brain farts all the time....

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Re: Misadventures in SFG

Post  Kabaju42 on 3/12/2011, 9:40 am

I think we've all been there, don that several times over Very Happy

I agree with boffer though, try and keep some of the MM for future growth. One thing you can do is turn some of the bags inside out and put the extra MM in there.

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Re: Misadventures in SFG

Post  windrider1967 on 3/12/2011, 9:53 am

Your hubby and mine sound like they could be brothers from another mother .... except mine does construction and general fix it. We have built all wood gear clocks and just finished a bed frame for our new tempurpedic. Unfortunatly he doesn't have the same zeal for the SFG as mine, so I am building by myself - but that's ok.

As to brain farts - we all have them.

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