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Gardening with a plywood bottom on the box

Post  KarenF on 4/7/2011, 12:04 am

Hello!
Does anyone know of any problems when growing potatoes in a slightly raised 12 inch box with plywood attached to the bottom? I'm also going to put in beets-carrots-radish-lettuce-peppers-tomatoes & bush beans. This is my first attempt at SFG. The reason for the bottom is the only sunny place in the yard does not drain well after a rain. Please let me know if I should do anything special with any of these plants. Thanks!!

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Re: Gardening with a plywood bottom on the box

Post  boffer on 4/7/2011, 12:14 am

Dang it...first I gotta google to see who is the show me state, then I gotta double check that MO is Missura and not Montana...there's just too many M states I tell ya! Razz

Just kidding! No issues with plywood bottoms that I'm aware of. Just make sure to put in plenty of drainage holes. I believe Mel says one ¼ inch hole per square and an extra in each corner. A few more wouldn't hurt.

Welcome to the forum and happy gardening the SFG way!

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 4/7/2011, 12:43 am

Welcome aboard, Karen! Glad you are giving SFG a shot. Do it by the book, and I bet you don't go back.

Feel free to ask other questions you have here, too. We love to help. Pictures are worth more than 1000 words, too, because it helps us see what you're up to...or issues you are asking about.

Since you are in the best state of the 50, come by the regional forum and say hi. We talk weather, plantings, what's going on in the neighborhoods, and even a little baseball from time to time. We have an incredibly friendly bunch. So much so people outside the region pop in all the time to have a cup of coffee with us.

Get comfortable here and get active. This forum is likely your best resource....other than the book in the banner above.

Since you listed your state, where in this wonderful place are you? I'm obviously in St. Louis. I'm curious as to just how close we are.

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Post  Furbalsmom on 4/7/2011, 1:47 am

Karen

Glad to have you join us.

I think Boffer gave you good info about the drainage with plywood bottomed SFG boxes. SFG is really great giving you solutionss to handle problems like poor drainage, poor soil and the like.

Keep us posted on your progress and share pictures too.

Again, Welcome

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Post  KarenF on 4/11/2011, 12:44 am

Thank you for the warm welcome! Yes I did drill 1/4" holes in every square in addition to one in every corner of the box as stated in Mel's book. I decided to make one box a little deeper -12 inches of Mel's mix-because not only do I worry about drainage issues but also the problem of the box drying out faster than you lucky people who have it right on the ground. Another reason I am trying the plywood bottom is because I'm not convinced there is enough sun at this location so I thought this would be an easy way to move it to another location. I've read that veggies need anywhere from 6-10 hours of sun. I'm guessing I get around 5 hours there Sad

BackyardBirdGardner-- I live in the Ballwin area. Where are you?

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Post  quiltbea on 4/11/2011, 1:21 am

Karen,
If the area does not drain well, can you put your box up on bricks at the corners and maybe a few down the middle to distribute the weight, so there is space for the water to drain completely out of the box?

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Post  KarenF on 4/19/2011, 1:04 pm

Quiltbea,
Yes, I have it up on bricks and since the ground was not level, the box is slightly not level so the water can drain. Do you also have your box above the ground?

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Post  quiltbea on 4/19/2011, 1:49 pm

Karen,
No, none of my boxes are above ground. All my boxes are 12" deep and flush with the soil where the old lawn once grew. Drainage not a problem here.

I just thought it seems logical that the box bottom not be in standing water after rainfalls. It'll not only rot the wood, but keep the crops too soggy.

I hope its working for you up on bricks.

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