Square Foot Gardening Forum

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.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Garbanzo (Chickpeas, Cicer arietinum) and Kidney Beans
by sanderson Today at 3:27 am

» N&C Midwest: December 2016
by GardenGal Today at 12:15 am

» Second Year SFG in Canada
by yolos Today at 12:13 am

» CHALLENGE - Smallest possible footprint
by sfg4uKim Yesterday at 10:14 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing December 2016
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:02 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 6:24 pm

» Holy snow Batman!
by llama momma Yesterday at 4:52 pm

» Tomato Tuesday 2016
by llama momma Yesterday at 4:35 pm

» 2016 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 4:02 pm

» New England, December 2016
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 3:27 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 1:04 pm

» Bon fires on the Levee
by Cajun Cappy Yesterday at 12:17 pm

» Mid-South: December 2016
by Scorpio Rising 12/5/2016, 10:26 pm

» Mid-Atl - Dec 2016 - Seed Catalog ?
by Scorpio Rising 12/5/2016, 10:24 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania
by Scorpio Rising 12/5/2016, 10:21 pm

» 1st Seed Catalog Arrived :)
by Scorpio Rising 12/5/2016, 10:15 pm

» Amaranth
by countrynaturals 12/5/2016, 12:06 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals 12/5/2016, 12:03 pm

» Garlic: Freeze, thaw, and heave
by donnainzone5 12/5/2016, 11:14 am

» Live and learn
by jimmy cee 12/5/2016, 9:08 am

» AtlantaMarie's Garden
by countrynaturals 12/4/2016, 2:04 pm

» Mychorrhizae Fungi
by audrey.jeanne.roberts 12/4/2016, 1:28 pm

» December 2016 Avatar: Show your Winter Season Colors!
by Scorpio Rising 12/3/2016, 11:17 pm

» SFG not giving the results I expected
by No_Such_Reality 12/3/2016, 7:21 pm

» New Member
by trolleydriver 12/3/2016, 4:14 pm

» First season SFG results / lessons learned
by countrynaturals 12/3/2016, 10:36 am

» Eat Broccoli Leaves? Brussels Sprouts? Cauliflower?
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 2:55 am

» Winter's Coming!
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 2:53 am

» Dry versus fresh spices to infuse vinegar
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 2:50 am

» Senseless Banter...
by MrBooker 12/2/2016, 5:17 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Pulling out old plants

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Pulling out old plants

Post  retired member 2 on 4/21/2011, 6:24 pm

So, I am wondering about something. In the fall, when you pull out your old plants, how do you keep the root system from tearing up your SFG and taking all teh MM with it?

retired member 2

Female Posts : 100
Join date : 2011-03-21
Location : zone 7 TN

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Pulling out old plants

Post  Furbalsmom on 4/21/2011, 6:50 pm

I just pulled the plant up, shook the MM back into the square (maybe smacking it about with the trowel a bit) and went on to the next one. If it is a BIG plant like a tomato or squash, you might try digging around the base with your trowel. Most plants come out easily and the MM is so loose, it will come out of the roots easily.

Furbalsmom

Female Posts : 3141
Join date : 2010-06-10
Age : 69
Location : Coastal Oregon, Zone 9a, Heat Zone 2 :(

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Pulling out old plants

Post  quiltbea on 4/21/2011, 9:52 pm

When I pull up anything from the cabbage family, broccoli, brussels sprout, cabbage, cauliflower, I chop off the top to go in the compost, but toss the whole root system in the trash. There's always a chance it may have clubroot which is something you don't want spreading in your garden for next year. Better safe than sorry.
Then I put a handful of limestone in the hole.

quiltbea

Female Posts : 4613
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 74
Location : Southwestern Maine Zone 5A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Pulling out old plants

Post  camprn on 4/21/2011, 9:57 pm

@quiltbea wrote:When I pull up anything from the cabbage family, broccoli, brussels sprout, cabbage, cauliflower, I chop off the top to go in the compost, but toss the whole root system in the trash. There's always a chance it may have clubroot which is something you don't want spreading in your garden for next year. Better safe than sorry.
Then I put a handful of limestone in the hole.
+1, except I put mine in the burn pile. To lift root systems at the end of the growing season I use my most useful and trusted garden tool, my fork.

http://www.gardeninginfozone.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/essential-garden-tools.jpg

camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13983
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Pulling out old plants

Post  Patty from Yorktown on 4/21/2011, 10:30 pm

You can just leave bean and pea roots in your box. They add nitrogen to the soil.

Patty from Yorktown


Last edited by Patty from Yorktown on 4/21/2011, 10:35 pm; edited 1 time in total

Patty from Yorktown

Posts : 350
Join date : 2010-03-05
Location : Yorktown, Virginia

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Pulling out old plants

Post  quiltbea on 4/21/2011, 10:32 pm

Patty, you're right on! I always leave mine there to add nitrogen to the soil.

quiltbea

Female Posts : 4613
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 74
Location : Southwestern Maine Zone 5A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Pulling out old plants

Post  Sponsored content Today at 3:38 am


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