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Hoosier happy to be back in the country!

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Post  tgarner on 5/12/2011, 3:58 pm

Hi Ya'll!

I am a veteran of the first edition of SFG. I checked it out of the local library something like 20 years ago and put it into action that same spring! At the time, my babies were 2 and 1, with another on the way any minute. There is absolutely no way I could have tended a traditional row garden with all that going on! That baby boy came along in April, then another the following March, and 4 years later, the grand finale - a baby girl. Through all 5 kids baby and toddler years, elementary school and scouts and little league and music lessons, we had our 4 4' x 8' SFG beds producing all the time. At the height of our production, we were about 80% self-sufficient; of course, I had added chickens and a couple of spring pigs every year. We were just preparing to add a milk cow when the unthinkable happened: the economy collapsed, we both had forced job changes, and we had to (gulp) move to town! After 5 years feeling like goldfish living on top of our neighbors, late last summer we got a beautiful new homestead. We bravely tried to carry on our SFG in town, but it was on such a small scale that it didn't contribute much to the overall grocery total. I am in the process of planning and laying out our new beds, and I'm as giddy as a school-girl! My #1 son and beautiful daughter-in-law, and my amazing, incredible 2-year-old grandson, are helping out, and will share in the harvest this season, along with #1 daughter and her fiance and the 3 still at home. I'm so happy I found this forum; I think we are all kindred spirits!

Looking forward to getting to know everyone here, and Mother Nature - We have enough water here for now, please send some of our share to Texas! Very Happy



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Post  Menditha on 5/12/2011, 4:40 pm

Welcome to the forum Traci! Congratulations on your new homestead back in the country! I am excited for you and your family and garden. It will be such fun! I am a newbie to the forum also. I too have the old SFG book published in 1981. I have checked out the All New Square Foot Gardening book from my local library and plan to purchase my own copy soon. I keep learning important principles from the books and from this forum that somehow I missed before. It's an exciting journey.

Thanks tons for sending the rain! Yesterday evening we got the first shower we have had since January. Today it has rained some more.

Post pictures as you can!


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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 5/12/2011, 5:10 pm

Wow, Traci. Welcome aboard!! It's great to add someone with such exuberance and experience. I hope you are active around the forum for a long time. I'm sure you will be an immediate help here.

Have you read the new book? Most of us have only read the updated version. I would love to hear your thoughts on the differences between the two.

Feel free to jump into the regional forum, too. There are quite a few of you from the Hoosier State around here. You will likely find people relatively close to you in there.

Hope to see you around soon!


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