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Post  moswell on 4/28/2011, 2:31 pm

I thought I'd say hi since I might occasionally need some guidance. Last year I moved to a house Central Jersey to work at Rutgers and did some planting in pots outside (herbs mostly, with one tomato plant and a failed attempt at zucchini in a pot). I'm not into digging around in the dirt too much, and I'm renting, so I didn't really want to do a traditional garden. Oh, and I kill all indoor plants!

While visiting a book donor (I'm a librarian) last summer, I was introduced to the concept of square foot gardening and was intrigued. So this year I bought the book to read up on it, and decided to try it out.

So far, anyway, it's going well! I built the box all by myself (I knew there was a reason I bought a drill several years ago) and made the soil mix too. I've planted pretty much anything that it looked like was safe to plant before May, and all my seedlings are sprouting. I'm eagerly awaiting early May and the plant sale at Rutgers - they have some great tomato plants that I can pick up, including the sungolds I grew in a pot last year.

Here are a couple pictures of where things stand so far:

Sugar snap peas in the front, onions to the side, shallots in the middle, and some thyme, scallions, and parsley in the back.(too small to see!)

Close up of the successful peas growing. Wink

I'm going to grow tomatoes in the two empty spots up front to the left of the peas, and then zucchini in the two top right-hand squares. The other middle squares will be a couple types of pepper, and the remaining will go to other herbs (basil, rosemary, sage, oregano). I think this weekend I'll build the trellis support and some kind of protective barrier. I haven't seen many rabbits around my house, but I'm inundated by chipmunks (who were quite fond of my tomatoes last year!).
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Post  Ha-v-v on 4/28/2011, 4:41 pm

That looks so nice!! Looks like a great start to me !
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Post  FarmerValerie on 4/28/2011, 4:56 pm

sounds & looks like you are off to a great start, and we love to help.
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Post  moswell on 4/28/2011, 4:59 pm

Very Happy I'm just thrilled that stuff is actually growing since until last year I'd never had success with growing things.
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Post  Dunkinjean on 4/28/2011, 10:31 pm

Hi! Welcome to the forum Laughing

I am also from Central New Jersey and live close to Rutgers University.

I am going to the Rutgers AG Day on Saturday morning in hopes of purchasing some Tomato and Pepper Plants for the 1st time.

This is only my 2nd year of SFG. Last yr started with 1 box. This yr have added 2 more.

It is addicting.

Enjoy!

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Post  quiltbea on 4/28/2011, 11:07 pm

Welcome to the forum.
Looks like you made a great start. I think you'll have a successful garden this year.
Good luck and come back with more pictures. We love pictures.
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Post  dizzygardener on 4/29/2011, 8:36 am



Good to have ya!

If you have any more questions please feel free to ask them. We are always eager to help out fellow SFGers if we can. And, please keep the pictures coming! Your SFG is looking great so far!

Please stop on when you have a chance. Regional forums are a great place to get region specific information, ask regional questions, and generally get to know folks from your area.

Take care and happy gardening.

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Re: Howdy from Central Jersey

Post  moswell on 4/29/2011, 2:47 pm

@Dunkinjean wrote:Hi! Welcome to the forum Laughing

I am also from Central New Jersey and live close to Rutgers University.

I am going to the Rutgers AG Day on Saturday morning in hopes of purchasing some Tomato and Pepper Plants for the 1st time.

This is only my 2nd year of SFG. Last yr started with 1 box. This yr have added 2 more.

It is addicting.

Enjoy!

Dunkinjean

I'm not going to head out into the mess that will be Rutgers Day tomorrow. Smile I think I'll wait for the plant sale that comes about a week later!
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Post  jerzyjen on 4/30/2011, 8:55 am

"Hi" from Exit 4.

This is my 3rd year in the SFG and its awesome. Last year I discovered the best tomatos in the world - RUTGERS Ramapo & RUTGERS Moreton. I highly recommend you pick them up. This year I've started them from seeds but I'm sure the plant sale will have them. I can even get the Ramapo from a local farm stand down this way. They are exclusively bred by Rutgers, here's a little blurb about "rediscovering the jersey tomato" if you are interested

http://njfarmfresh.rutgers.edu/JerseyTomato.html
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Post  Furbalsmom on 4/30/2011, 1:47 pm

Moswell

It is great to have you here. You will find a nice bunch of people who will try to help when they can.

Nice to see you have neighbors who can help with local issues.

Please keep us posted on your progress, it looks like you are really off to a good start there.

Again,
Welcome!
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Post  moswell on 5/5/2011, 10:28 am

@jerzyjen wrote:"Hi" from Exit 4.

This is my 3rd year in the SFG and its awesome. Last year I discovered the best tomatos in the world - RUTGERS Ramapo & RUTGERS Moreton. I highly recommend you pick them up. This year I've started them from seeds but I'm sure the plant sale will have them. I can even get the Ramapo from a local farm stand down this way. They are exclusively bred by Rutgers, here's a little blurb about "rediscovering the jersey tomato" if you are interested

http://njfarmfresh.rutgers.edu/JerseyTomato.html

Well I managed to get a sungold from a work colleague who worked on Saturday, but I didn't read this in time to have her get me one of the Rugters varieties. I'm sure there will be another plant sale soon, so I'll get one of those varieties you mentioned then.

Plus, I just discovered that the roma tomato I'd planted is determinate. Are either of the ones you mentioned indeterminate? I'm thinking about moving the roma out of the box and into a container, and growing another indeterminate tomato in the box. What do you all think?

Here's where things stand now:


Those are hot banana and red bell peppers in the middle below the peas and tomatoes. I planted the post-frost stuff this past weekend too, so hopefully in a week or so I'll have more things popping through the soil. Smile
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Post  moswell on 5/6/2011, 11:43 am

Wow - the Rutgers Garden plant sale was insane, and I got there ten minutes before it opened at 10 am this morning! But I did manage to pick up a Ramapo plant and a sage plant (I forgot to buy the seeds earlier and just decided a transplant would be fine). Glad I was also picking up a couple sungolds for a friend or I would have been annoyed at dealing with the traffic and commotion for two plants!
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