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Post  squaredeal on 5/9/2011, 12:34 am

Hi,
After a disasterous wet spring and dry summer, I found Mel's book at the library, and decided to give SFG a try. I never used a drill before, much less a hacksaw; nonetheless, I made 3 wood boxes, 1 kit box, and 3 trelleses. My boxes are on a community plot; they are filled and most are planted. So we will see how it goes. One benefit already - I lost 8 lbs in the process of creating and filling these boxes, so I'm already a winner! Happy Spring!

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Post  shannon1 on 5/9/2011, 2:09 am

& Happy I'm sorry I just love smileys. I am proud of you, I must learn how to drill and such myself. Doing it all yourself is quite an credit to you. Have you gotten a lot of questions from the other gardeners?

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Re: Newbie from Indy

Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 5/9/2011, 10:04 am

Outstanding!! And, welcome aboard. So glad you found the forum. I've found the forum to be a great compliment to the book. And, a great place to share our experiences, problems, and successes.

Hope to see more of you.

Don't forget to pop in the regional forums and to post pictures of your upcoming success. A picture is truly worth 1000 words here!

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Re: Newbie from Indy

Post  ferhoodled on 5/9/2011, 10:10 am

Hey squaredeal, glad you are here! We live south of you in Columbus and are just sick of the rain. Would love to string at least 2 days of sunshine together. I blame Chuck Lofton! haha I know what you mean about losing weight. It has happened to me too. Such a wonderful side effect of gardening! Very Happy

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Re: Newbie from Indy

Post  Furbalsmom on 5/9/2011, 3:37 pm

@squaredeal wrote:Hi,
After a disasterous wet spring and dry summer, I found Mel's book at the library, and decided to give SFG a try. I never used a drill before, much less a hacksaw; nonetheless, I made 3 wood boxes, 1 kit box, and 3 trelleses. My boxes are on a community plot; they are filled and most are planted. So we will see how it goes. One benefit already - I lost 8 lbs in the process of creating and filling these boxes, so I'm already a winner! Happy Spring!

Squaredeal

Nice to have you join us. Glad you had a chance to read the ALL NEW SQUARE FOOT GARDENING book. I found it to be a great resource and refer to mine often.

Isn't it amazing what we find we can do for ourselves when the need arises? Congratulations. Now that your boxes are made, filled and trellised, your hard work is over. You will find the new method of growing to be very easy, no weeding, no digging, and lots more time available to just nurture and harvest. Of course, there are always those pesky pests, but we know that is part of gardening.

Please keep us posted on your progress, and share pictures if you will.

Again, Welcome!

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Re: Newbie from Indy

Post  Jandasdad on 5/21/2011, 10:22 am

I had to say hi and welcome, too. I'm new to this, and also near Indianapolis (Noblesville). SFG is so successful and fun that my neighbors are starting to become interested in it too.

Just to save you some time: I looked all over trying to find five different kinds of compost.

Habig Garden Shop near 31 and 151st was the only place I found that was prepared to support SFGs. They have the big bags of vermiculite, peat moss, and different kinds of compost: cow, mushroom, chicken (this is sort of on the edge of being fertilizer but I used it in one batch of Mel's Mix and the tomatos looooove it), kelp, shrimp, and worm castings.

I am going to share pics of my own garden with them. I want them to get even more excited about SFG, so that they'll buy a truckload of pre-mixed Mel's Mix for next year.


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