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Post  shannon1 on 5/27/2011, 5:37 am

I found out yesterday this has been the driest spring in 81 years here. I have faith and I am hopefuly I'll be taking a rain barrel class through the extension office in july.
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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 5/27/2011, 8:57 am

You can come up here and have all you want. We got another 3 inches Wednesday. One guy's feast is another's famine. It'll turn sometime in the middle of hurricane season. In the meantime, aren't you thankful for moist peat moss and vermiculite? It could be worse.....you could have rows. Wink
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Post  Unmutual on 5/27/2011, 12:00 pm

Even though I got some rain last night, we're still woefully behind on what we should have(only 2.12" for the month, with 5" being average). At least I have 2 full garbage cans worth of rainwater. That should last me through a couple waterings at least.

And yes, it could be worse, I could be planting in the ground and using a lot more water.

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Post  westie42 on 5/27/2011, 3:54 pm

I am beginning to wonder about that. I have to water my SFG almost daily in a so far wet spring. My 10 rain barrels are staying full and overflowing yet need to irrigate the SFG boxes regularly to keep the top inch even close to not parched. My regular garden is fine and not needing any help with water. It has always seldom needed any hose watering in 50 years of gardening. So my question for one is does SFG really save any water or effort on water, so far definitely not in my case it has been just the opposite.

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Post  camprn on 5/27/2011, 9:27 pm

I use mulch to help retain moisture in the Mel's Mix.
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Post  NHGardener on 5/27/2011, 9:47 pm

I had to water mine for the first time today. I'm starting to appreciate the day after day after day of rain we had recently. Ha.

The mosquitoes are like vultures out there tho. I saw my springtime bat tonight, but I didn't notice if his usual companion was with him. I have a newfound appreciation for bats.
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Post  camprn on 5/27/2011, 10:21 pm

NHGardener wrote:I had to water mine for the first time today. I'm starting to appreciate the day after day after day of rain we had recently. Ha.

The mosquitoes are like vultures out there tho. I saw my springtime bat tonight, but I didn't notice if his usual companion was with him. I have a newfound appreciation for bats.
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Post  martha on 5/27/2011, 10:32 pm

Westie, is this your first year SFG? (I tried to research the question, but I ran out of ambition before I found the answer?) The watering you are describing sounds extreme. I wouldn't be all that happy if I were you!
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Post  shannon1 on 5/28/2011, 2:30 am

BackyardBirdGardner wrote:You can come up here and have all you want. We got another 3 inches Wednesday. One guy's feast is another's famine. It'll turn sometime in the middle of hurricane season. In the meantime, aren't you thankful for moist peat moss and vermiculite? It could be worse.....you could have rows. Wink
Yes I am thankful the ground in my yard is dry as a bone even the weeds are not growing.
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Post  Furbalsmom on 5/28/2011, 1:58 pm

westie42 wrote:I am beginning to wonder about that. I have to water my SFG almost daily in a so far wet spring. My 10 rain barrels are staying full and overflowing yet need to irrigate the SFG boxes regularly to keep the top inch even close to not parched. My regular garden is fine and not needing any help with water. It has always seldom needed any hose watering in 50 years of gardening. So my question for one is does SFG really save any water or effort on water, so far definitely not in my case it has been just the opposite.

Westie, have you checked the moisture level in the full depth of the MM (in several spaces)? Is it possible the Mel's Mix was not fully moistened when you first established your bed? That peat moss is a bear to moisten completly unless you watered each layer of MM as you filled the box. My 4X4 Table Top took 25 gallons of water to moisten completely when I first filled the box. Peat moss tends to repel water unless it slowly rehydrated.

We have had about 5 inches of rain this month and I have only watered once in the almost two months since my beds were built. (I did sprinkle the squares with seeds for the first week, but just a sprinkle to moisten the top of the seeds to help them germinate)

Otherwise, I looked at older posts and it looks like you used a great mix of ingredients to create your Mel's Mix, so I don't understand why you are having to water so much during a wet spring.
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