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New SFG'r here-planting this weekend-seeds or transplants?

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Post  ecoaster on 5/19/2011, 9:41 pm

Brand new to SFGing (and gardening period!) Planting in Cambridge, MA where it has been particularly cool and rainy for a week....I'm kind of overwhelmed with whether to start with seeds or buy transplants. Here's what I'm thinking:

Direct Sow:

Beets
Peas
Swiss Chard
Basil
Carrots
Lettuce
Sorrel
Cucumbers

Transplant:

Peppers
Mint
Tomatoes

Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: New SFG'r here-planting this weekend-seeds or transplants?

Post  camprn on 5/19/2011, 9:45 pm

to the SFG Forum! And welcome to the world of gardening! I am just a few hours north of you and it has been a bit of miserable weather we've had this week...
Your lists look good. You will probably have better success if you buy some basil plants. I would also suggest keeping your mint in a pot, it spreads like crazy otherwise!
Have you had a chance to read the All New Square foot Gardening book yet?

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Post  ecoaster on 5/19/2011, 10:01 pm

Yes, I got the book and was hooked! A little overwhelmed by the grow charts in the back, and vermiculite took a while to find, but I think I am in good shape. My one 4x4 bed might not get the most sun (triple-deckers surround my rear yard) but I'm excited to go.

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Re: New SFG'r here-planting this weekend-seeds or transplants?

Post  camprn on 5/19/2011, 10:22 pm

I understand!!! I was thinking just today that I have not been to your Fair City in some time. It is nearly time for a road trip. Very Happy

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Re: New SFG'r here-planting this weekend-seeds or transplants?

Post  shannon1 on 5/20/2011, 2:04 am

Ecoaster, Sounds like a good plan to me. Mint can take over so if you don't want to always be on the look out for runners, plant it in a pot to reigh it in. Wink

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Re: New SFG'r here-planting this weekend-seeds or transplants?

Post  Furbalsmom on 5/20/2011, 5:23 pm

Ecoaster

Glad to have you join us and glad you have already read ALL NEW SQUARE FOOT GARDENING.

Shannon and Camprn both gave you good advice regarding which plants should be transplants and which direct seeded.

Good luck with your first SFG and please keep us posted with your progress. We I love you pictures and hope you will share yours with us.

Again, Welcome!

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