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
» How much room for Tromboncino zucchini?
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 11:48 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 11:11 pm

» Monarch Supporter
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 11:04 pm

» Please Share Your Knowledge with a Newbie!
by brianj555 Yesterday at 10:26 pm

» Total lunar / solar eclipse
by sanderson Yesterday at 10:03 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in August 2017? 2017
by Mimi2 Yesterday at 9:27 pm

» New England August 2017
by sanderson Yesterday at 9:12 pm

» What to do with fallen unripe tomatoes?
by sanderson Yesterday at 9:07 pm

» Do you fertilize? If so, what do you use?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:01 pm

» Plumeria ?
by sanderson Yesterday at 8:52 pm

» Time flies when you are having fun
by sanderson Yesterday at 8:42 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Yesterday at 8:23 pm

» Eggplant - (Japanese) Millionaire
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:17 pm

» Experiment - Amended Soil and MM
by Turan Yesterday at 4:41 pm

» Aug 2017 lower south - better late than never
by brianj555 Yesterday at 4:19 pm

» Sweet Potato "Toast" -- MIND BLOWN!
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 2:56 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 2:52 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by sanderson Yesterday at 12:46 pm

» Beets; Don't be intimidated!
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 10:25 am

» Caterpillar - Good or Bad?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 8:15 am

» 2017 corn pictures
by Fiz Yesterday at 7:51 am

» Avocado toast with garden tomato
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:13 am

» Any Strange and Wonderful Visitors? Photos please!
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:01 am

» AUGUST 23, 2017, 6:00 PM EASTERN -- LIVE STREAM
by sfg4uKim 8/22/2017, 9:38 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by countrynaturals 8/22/2017, 7:22 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by CapeCoddess 8/22/2017, 4:42 pm

» Newbie Oldbie
by dixie 8/22/2017, 10:47 am

» Anyone growing fall peas in zone 7 TN
by dixie 8/22/2017, 9:50 am

» Cutting back on my SFG about 75%
by Kelejan 8/22/2017, 12:35 am

» N & C Midwest: August is here!!! 2017
by Scorpio Rising 8/21/2017, 9:17 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

New SFG'er in sunny, sandy Florida!

View previous topic View next topic Go down

New SFG'er in sunny, sandy Florida!

Post  sarah in the garden on 3/24/2011, 1:44 pm

This is my very first garden ever!!
My mom is an avid gardener and bird watcher, she grows all types of flowers and some tomatoes and peppers every year. I have always been jealous of her gorgeous yard but with 2 young children I never thought I'd have the time to consistently take care of a garden. I live in the sunny panhandle of Florida, where we can garden almost year round! I also live less than a mile from the beach, so I am cursed with a yard full of sand where nothing grows except lots of dollar weeds. I am embarrassed to admit I have owned my home for 4 years and have done nothing to the yard because of the amount of time, expense and hard work would have to be done to make the yard worth growing in. All that changed last month! I was visiting my mom and she was so excited to show me her new "box garden." It was the coolest thing I had ever seen! She loaned me her copy of Mel's "All New Square Foot Gardening," and explained the basics to me. I read the book over a weekend, and started my own box, right on top of my beach sand. I now have carrots, bush beans, onions, cucumber, and some herbs and flowers coming up! I spend so much time outside now, I have cleaned up my backyard, planted some blackberry bushes and have made plans for several more boxes next year! The most exciting thing was showing my SFG to my best friend. She had just purchased top soil and transplants, and was getting ready to till up a big section of her yard for a home garden. She is glad she saw mine first! It is so easy and rewarding for beginners! Thanks so much Mel!!
avatar
sarah in the garden

Female Posts : 40
Join date : 2011-03-24
Age : 40
Location : Panama City Beach, FL - Zone 8b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: New SFG'er in sunny, sandy Florida!

Post  elliephant on 3/24/2011, 2:33 pm

Isn't it wonderful?! Christmas before last I got the book (requested it because I heard about it once) and the kids got a trampoline. The goal was to actually use our backyard and boy howdy has it worked! I just had my little mommy-run preschool group leave and they always end up staying extra time outside. Today they picked and ate peas from the garden. I only grew snap and snow peas, but next winter I'm going to grow regular ones since they like them so much. Our backyard is sand, too, and mostly grows sticky burrs Evil or Very Mad
When I started my garden I had a 4 month old, a 2 year old, and an almost 4 year old. There's no way I could have done a traditional garden. But 2 boxes (2x8s against the fence) were a great start. I've kinda expanded since then Laughing but now my kids are "older." (Ok, one year older, but it makes a big difference this young!)

Welcome to the forum!

elliephant

Female Posts : 842
Join date : 2010-04-09
Age : 42
Location : southern tip of Texas zone 9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: New SFG'er in sunny, sandy Florida!

Post  boffer on 3/24/2011, 2:36 pm

Welcome to the forum. Your enthusiasm gave me goosebumps as you helped me remember how fun my first boxes were! Thanks for posting.
avatar
boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 64
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: New SFG'er in sunny, sandy Florida!

Post  sarah in the garden on 3/24/2011, 3:06 pm

Thanks everyone! I have also started my own compost bin, hopefully I can produce my own for next year!
avatar
sarah in the garden

Female Posts : 40
Join date : 2011-03-24
Age : 40
Location : Panama City Beach, FL - Zone 8b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: New SFG'er in sunny, sandy Florida!

Post  Glendale-gardener on 3/24/2011, 3:40 pm

Welcome Sarah! I am new as well, gardening in 'not so sunny right now' Ohio! I found the book on Amazon while looking for something in general about gardening and I haven't looked back!
avatar
Glendale-gardener

Female Posts : 293
Join date : 2011-03-10
Age : 42
Location : Cincinnati Zone 6A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: New SFG'er in sunny, sandy Florida!

Post  Furbalsmom on 3/24/2011, 7:06 pm

Sarah

Your enthusiasm is marvelous.

A first SFG is a great thing. First your Mother, then you and now you neighbor, that's called spreading the word.

Enjoy working with your kids and teaching them what fresh veggies are all about. This is a great way to keep them entertained whie learning new skills and spending quality time outdoors.

Have fun and keep us posted on your progress. By the way, we I love you pictures.
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: New SFG'er in sunny, sandy Florida!

Post  sarah in the garden on 3/25/2011, 9:13 am

Hmmm...after reading some responses to garden plan queries, I think I may go amend my sfg a bit. I unknowingly planted dill in the box, and now I'm worried about it going to seed. It has just started to come up, I think I may snip it and start it again in a pot. I have some sage growing in pots as well. I know absolutely nothing about companion planting. Is it better to grow herbs by themselves?

Also, my husband transferred my awful, pencil-sketched plan onto the computer and made a wonderful labelled spreadsheet. I will try to post it on here as well as some pics to show what I have done. I'm sure I've made lots of beginner's mistakes, but I was so excited to get everything started that I rushed into it without a lot of planning. 10' boards were on sale, so my box is a 5x5. The very middle square is a little difficult to get to, but I don't have anything planted there anyway. Next year's boxes will be 4x4 for sure!

Thanks everyone for all of the advice and tips! I appreciate it greatly because I have NO CLUE what I'm doing, I'm just happy to see stuff come up! thanks
avatar
sarah in the garden

Female Posts : 40
Join date : 2011-03-24
Age : 40
Location : Panama City Beach, FL - Zone 8b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: New SFG'er in sunny, sandy Florida!

Post  FarmerValerie on 3/25/2011, 9:23 am

to the fourm, and gardening, and SFG!!!

If you are looking for ideas to get your kids involved, and keep them busy, some mommy (and grandmomy-like me) bloggers are sharing our ideas and experiences this year. You can still jump in and read and join in the fun even if you don't have a blog.

http://sweetgrace.typepad.com/the_inadvertent_farmer/2011/03/kindergardens-2011-preview-gardening-with-children.html

They really did have some aweseome ideas last year for little ones. I still have a 14yo and a 12yo at home, but my 5yo grandson visits every other weekend, and loves getting out there in grandma's garden. We put blue potatoes in last week, and I have a packet of 5 colored carrots.

There is also a thread here about gardening with kids, I think it's SFG with kids, tons of great ideas there too.
avatar
FarmerValerie

Female Posts : 1611
Join date : 2011-01-29
Age : 50
Location : NE Texas, 75501, Zone 8a

View user profile http://www.rocksinmygarden.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: New SFG'er in sunny, sandy Florida!

Post  walshevak on 3/25/2011, 10:14 am

don't waste that middle square. put a companion flower or herb in there. Basil comes to mind.

____________________________

A WEED IS A FLOWER GROWING IN THE WRONG PLACE
Elizabeth City, NC
Find more about Weather in Elizabeth City, NC
Click for weather forecast
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: New SFG'er in sunny, sandy Florida!

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