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Post  fustian on 5/26/2011, 11:48 pm

This is my first year doing any sort of gardening, and although I've had some problems with my soil nitrogen being very low, I'm happy with what I've got so far.

Our frost date was May 15th, so most of my plants are still pretty small, but I'm excited to share!

Garden overview:



Garlic (with some tomatoes at the back):


Leaf lettuce and arugula (which has been sadly decimated by flea beetles) with cucumbers and zucchini at the back (which will be trellised, just not yet). I'm successively planting quite a few crops, so you can see the lettuce is in several different stages of development.



Big leafy broccoli, some pepper transplants I bought today, onions, and some tomatoes.
I grew most of the tomatoes and all of the broccoli from seed.



Onions, carrots, broccoli and tomatoes.


More broccoli, pepper plants, herbs and tomatoes.


Herbs (basil, tarragon, and oregano) tomatoes, and onions.


Peas and beans (again, succession planting beans here)


I've also got one more box with carrots, basil, and tomatoes in it, but I forgot to take a picture.

Anyhow, I'm very happy that things seem to be progressing. I'm looking forward to some great produce later this summer cheers

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Post  squaredeal on 5/26/2011, 11:58 pm

Very impressive! Love those healthy tomatoes...you'll have them before I will!
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Post  Furbalsmom on 5/27/2011, 12:15 am

WOW, and this is your first year gardening of any type?

It just goes to show you, this is a simple method that can be amazingly successful for anyone that is willing to follow the basics: grids, location, spacing and the most important thing, Mel's Mix. I know you originally had trouble with your Mel's Mix due to a lack of variety in your compost and nitrogen depletion, but you have taken steps to correct that issue and it shows.

Here's to a bountiful harvest. cheers
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Post  NHGardener on 5/27/2011, 8:28 am

What?! You're in Canada and you're already that far along?

I am very impressed.
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Post  Tril on 5/27/2011, 8:49 am

Beautiful!!!
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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 5/27/2011, 8:52 am

Looks great!! Thanks for sharing. And, no worries about the nitrogen...that's the beauty of SFG. The Mel's Mix dropped on top of your existing soil took care of ANY deficiencies your dirt had.
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Post  Uprooted on 5/27/2011, 10:02 am

I am very impressed -- I'm proud of my one little box I'm doing for my first year! :-)

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Post  boffer on 5/27/2011, 10:24 am

Looks wonderful. You obviously worked hard to stay on top of your planting dates.

But I think you must have skipped the page where Mel suggests starting small! Wink
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Re: First year SFG progress pics!

Post  fustian on 5/27/2011, 11:52 am

Thanks for the kind words everyone!

Furbalsmom: I consider myself lucky to have caught my compost problems in time. I amended my soil with blood meal and have treated twice so far with fish emulsion. I'm so pleased I haven't had to pull out chemical fertilizers yet!

boffer: I did actually read that page, but then I thought: "Once our second baby is born in January, I'll be on maternity leave for a year (you get that in Canada), so now's my chance to really get the garden going!" Clearly I wasn't thinking properly, as being home with a three year old and a new born does not equal lots of spare time. It's a testament to the SFG method that I've been able to get so much done in the garden. I just wouldn't have had the time to do all of the weeding etc. for a traditional row garden.

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Post  shannon1 on 5/28/2011, 2:33 am

@fustian wrote:Thanks for the kind words everyone!

Furbalsmom: I consider myself lucky to have caught my compost problems in time. I amended my soil with blood meal and have treated twice so far with fish emulsion. I'm so pleased I haven't had to pull out chemical fertilizers yet!

boffer: I did actually read that page, but then I thought: "Once our second baby is born in January, I'll be on maternity leave for a year (you get that in Canada), so now's my chance to really get the garden going!" Clearly I wasn't thinking properly, as being home with a three year old and a new born does not equal lots of spare time. It's a testament to the SFG method that I've been able to get so much done in the garden. I just wouldn't have had the time to do all of the weeding etc. for a traditional row garden.
What a fantastic garden. Heres to never having to pull out the chemical fertilizers
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