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Post  walshevak on 6/1/2011, 12:28 pm

I met the new neighbors that moved in this weekend. A Coast Guard couple transferred from Cape Cod. He saw me in the yard and stopped to introduce himself. We talked a few minute and he mentions how excited his wife is to finally have a yard with space for a vegetable garden. I, of course, invited him to my backyard to see my set up and he invited me to his house to meet his wife and tell her about my garden.

So today, armed with a bowl of fresh salad fixings and my copy of ANSFG, I stopped in for a visit. She is very interested in the concept and he is interested in NO DIGGING. Anyway, we may have worked out a win-win deal for both of us. They can practice in my SFG set up all summer and I will have somebody watching the house and leaving me with late summer tomatos and peppers and maybe starting some of fall crops for me. That will also give them a chance to decide where they want to place their garden, slowly buy the fixings if they decide to go SFG, and enjoy fresh veggies this summer. And all this for the cost of some 5 compost blend for replanting.

It is still early enough she can get in some tomato and pepper plants and we have time before I leave to teach her the mothod and see what other summer veggies can be started. I hope she is still interested after she sees my set up. They are only 2 houses away, so while not ideal, it's not that far to go to take care of a garden.

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 6/1/2011, 1:28 pm

Boy, I hope this works out for you! What a great way to get another interested in the method. Nicely played, Kay.
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Post  Furbalsmom on 6/1/2011, 3:08 pm

Hope this works out for both of you. What a neat way for someone to try SFG, using a method that is already set up and ready to go.
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Post  HPartin on 6/1/2011, 3:45 pm

What a great idea. If anything maybe the weeds will be kept to minimum while your gone. And, maybe another gardener is born.

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Post  sherryeo on 6/1/2011, 10:21 pm

Kay, You should also tell them about the forum and tell them that they can always post questions and any problems that come up while you're gone!!! I know everyone here would be happy to try to help keep your garden healthy! And if they decide to do their own sfg, I know the forum would be great help then, too! Smile
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Post  Old Hippie on 6/2/2011, 1:41 am

Kay, that is awesome. Hope that works out well for you and your neighbours.


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Post  Barkie on 6/2/2011, 2:43 am

That's very serendipitous for everyone. They'll maybe like being forum members and joining in too. Excellent stuff.

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Post  walshevak on 6/2/2011, 6:13 am

@sherryeo wrote:Kay, You should also tell them about the forum and tell them that they can always post questions and any problems that come up while you're gone!!! I know everyone here would be happy to try to help keep your garden healthy! And if they decide to do their own sfg, I know the forum would be great help then, too! Smile

Forum address already left with them. Hope they get a chance to lurk before we talk this weekend. If not, I'll tell them again and show how to post pictures. Because, then I can keep up with my garden as well. Very Happy

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Post  CindiLou on 6/2/2011, 11:20 am

I have been lucky so far. One daughter lives about 5 blocks away. she isn't so much into the veggies (although she will regularly raid the rhubarb and strawberries!). But she loves to garden rofl....go figure. So she stops by when bored. She weeds and helps me with planting. Although I have to say this spring she DID NOT help set up another bed Guess earlier this year she learned it was work!

Oldest daughter lives in an apartment a block away. She loves veggies! And since she is Alex's mommy she gets all the garden info from him on what is planted where! At 5 yrs old he really is into the gardening! Yesterday he informed me it was time to pick the last of the radishes. And he doesn't even like radishes! So if I have to be away I know my garden is well maintained. Oh, and they know where the garden plan is with approx. dates for harvest/replant so succession planting is even maintained!
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Post  FarmerValerie on 6/2/2011, 2:04 pm

I breathed a sigh of relief for you when I read this!!! cheers So glad you found a garden-sitter(s)!

You may want to get a deposit on your book if you leave it with them, just ask BBG, his neighbor kept his for a lllooonnnnngggg time. Just kidding, but I have heard it is hard to get it back.
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Post  walshevak on 6/2/2011, 2:32 pm

I just hope she is really interested after we talk this weekend. I've offered to show her some of the local gardening places in the area and I just found out that the Leary Plant Farm is not that far away and actually in the town where new neighbor is going to be working. Leary wholesales to local nurseries and have a retail outlet. Since neighbors will have to get tomato starts and maybe pepper starts, (I have 2 cukes and 2 peppers still in the beds) I'm hoping for a road trip on Sat to check it out. Depending on what they like to eat and how much they want to take on, I may have get her to help me put up another trellis. I had only put up two when I got the word to leave. And it's not too late for eggplant starts, direct sown beans and squash. I'm leaving her with a healthy growth of chard and collards and a few onions.

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Post  quiltbea on 6/2/2011, 3:36 pm

What a great way for a couple to learn whether the SFG is for them, by growing in your garden and tending it while you're away.
A great idea. I hope its fruitful for all of you and they start their own next year.
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