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My first Garden ever (Montreal Canada)

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My first Garden ever (Montreal Canada)

Post  chico on 6/3/2011, 11:56 pm

2 weeks after the plating. + Bigger plants were purchased. to the right there is this cage i have built that fit over the garden to keep away the squirrels. I have started with 2 boxes. If everything goes well next year i will get 6 more. 2 for each member of the hosue.
























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Re: My first Garden ever (Montreal Canada)

Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 6/4/2011, 12:26 am

Very cool. Thanks for jumping in! Welcome. You will find us a friendly bunch of helpers. Hopefully, we can provide compliment to the book in the banner above. You've read it, I assume?

Great pictures of a great start. Keep us posted.

And, what did you use as your grid? That's a material I can't identify, and I've never seen before around here.
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Re: My first Garden ever (Montreal Canada)

Post  chico on 6/4/2011, 12:44 am

it's orange nylon straps. that i found at the dollar stores. staple to the box and thick enough to bee seen. and i have interlaced them too so they stay down. it's the cheapest alternative. it set me back 6$



next year i would buy a roll like above instead of 4 x 12 feet rolls


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Re: My first Garden ever (Montreal Canada)

Post  Old Hippie on 6/4/2011, 12:46 am

Chico. It is always wonderful to have another Canadian gardener on the forum. My name is Gwynn and I am from central British Columbia. We have at least two other members on here from PQ.

You garden pics are wonderful. Congratulations on a great start! Please keep us up to date with your progress. Don't be afraid to make comments or ask questions or tell us a bit more about your garden and how you came to do SFG.

Your grid looks like webbing of some kind. I like how creative people get when making their gardens. Do you do your own composting?

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Post  chico on 6/4/2011, 1:04 am

yes i do my own composting, i know it's tricky up here because it's colder than most places but that's something i will have to experiment with.

i came to sfg when i saw the documentary called good food bad food /by Colline serrau. and realise how growing your own food is a political action at this point. it's a way to fight back monsanto, migrant worker exploitation and so on.

i realise by doing something so small i could actually make a change that ripples. and i am on a crusade to convince more people to do it. due to the direct impact it makes on all from the smaller carbon foot print to the money in our pocket.

i am not a gardener for leisure i am a gardener for a revolution and empowerment. I think now more than ever food security is the most crucial issue we face from shortage, contamination, processing, and everything else in between. the earth is where we came from and it's were we belong. The wars have killed the farmers and enslaved the population to purchase our foods through a system of mechanization that no one understand how to grow a vegetable anymore. 60 years have gone by and we has human have forgotten what has kept us alive.

I believe the battle will not be won by fighting the system but by turning away from it and do our own things. We cant win at their game so we must make our own

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Post  Old Hippie on 6/4/2011, 1:35 am

Oh Preach it baby! A movement! A revolution! You and I are so on the same page. (gotta go get out my Arlo Guthrie music again) I am not called an Old Hippie for nothing and I am more than happy to share my soapbox with you. I am desperately trying to get more people to grow their own food, even if it is only a few plants of lettuce and some herbs and a couple of tomatoes in a pot. I want to see more lawns turned into SF gardens and see more people take responsibility for their own food. The benefits to the mind, body, pocketbook, neighbourhood and environment as a whole are huge. One SFG at a time, we can change our little corner of the world and pretty soon those little corners connect and we will see that we have made a difference.

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Post  Tbites on 6/4/2011, 7:15 am

glad you\'re here Very glad to see you here bounce
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Re: My first Garden ever (Montreal Canada)

Post  Kelejan on 6/4/2011, 10:04 am

chic and I agree with every word you have written.

Can you just imagine if everyone in the world (without exeption) had one 4x4 to grow something, what a difference it would make?

This second year of SFG I am really working on my boxes to make them a success and trying to convert others to the same way of thinking and I can only do that if I can prove that they are productive.

My gardening used to be solely flowers but now my focus is on food. Flowers do have ther place if they can provide a benefit so I am not entirely without the beauty they provide.

Even though it is colder where you are, things will always turn to compost eventually. Good you are doing it, it is self-defeating if you have to buy all the time.

Across the road from me my neighbour has a beautiful looking lawn, and has a perfect spot for SFG beds with more hours of sun than I get and he was there spraying it with chemicals to keep the weeds down. It broke my heart. All his grass clippings go into the trash, I would not take them if he offered them to me. Next door to him is a neighbour who spends a fortune on keep her yard imaculate as well.
They are much wealthier than I am with regard to money, but I am richer than they are in so many ways.
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Re: My first Garden ever (Montreal Canada)

Post  Old Hippie on 6/4/2011, 10:12 am

And then there are those who say, they don't garden because it is too much work. Argggg! Just TRY a 2'x6' strip along the fence in the SFG method I tell them and you will see how little work it is and how much better it tastes and what a difference it makes.

My boss and his wife put in a garden this year but they would not try the SFG way. Sad At least they are gardening though.

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Re: My first Garden ever (Montreal Canada)

Post  chico on 6/4/2011, 9:54 pm

new pics i did not post yesterday






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Post  walshevak on 6/4/2011, 11:16 pm

rats, how do I get down there. Who told this guy about wire? Very Happy

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Re: My first Garden ever (Montreal Canada)

Post  The Cynergist on 6/6/2011, 12:46 am

Chico it's great to see a fellow Montréaler here. I love your pics and I love your philosophy. I've been telling people about food tampering for some time now, but most people think I'm crazy. It's good to hear from someone who understands what is going on in the world. And you're right too that fighting is not the answer. Nothing positive ever came from negative attitudes.
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Re: My first Garden ever (Montreal Canada)

Post  quiltbea on 6/6/2011, 7:23 am

Nice to see a newbie making a difference.
Keep up the good work.
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First ever garden

Post  Ray'ssfg on 6/6/2011, 8:11 am

Smile Smile Hey Chico,
Great to see the pics of your new garden. I have had a sfg for 4 years now and it is fantastic to grow nice fresh, healthy, no chemical veg's and do the world a favour in the process.
We are nearly self sufficient in veg's with 128 squares. Have great broccoli, cabbage, spinach, lettuce, onions and leeks and it is middle of winter down here in Australia.
SFG is the absolute best way to garden.
Look forward to seeing how your garden progresses.
cheers Cheers Ray cheers
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Re: My first Garden ever (Montreal Canada)

Post  chico on 6/12/2011, 9:17 pm

Music Video Of the making of the garden

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Re: My first Garden ever (Montreal Canada)

Post  Hyzleyes on 6/12/2011, 10:53 pm

Beautiful garden pics! Thanks for posting. Newbie here too and trying to get to the point where we're growing the bulk of our veggies.

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Love the strapping

Post  kputikka on 6/12/2011, 11:07 pm

That is exactly what i was looking for since i couldnt get my wood ones to work. The guy at the store looked at me like i had a second head or something. Oh well, i already have my solution. I almost asked if i could get a bunch of the strapping that they had around some pallets of plywood. it was green though..

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Re: My first Garden ever (Montreal Canada)

Post  harmerd on 6/13/2011, 8:15 pm

Great pictures of your garden and wildlife. Congratulations!!
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Re: My first Garden ever (Montreal Canada)

Post  Lurach on 6/13/2011, 11:42 pm

Welcome to the forum, from another newbie! Your garden looks wonderful, and your points were very well stated. Also, very creative on the nylon strapping for your grids. I would never have thought of that. Oh and your macro shots are quite lovely! =)

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