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New and excited!

Post  capatl on 7/2/2011, 5:49 pm

Hi!

We bought our first home last December. We love our neighborhood, which has managed to keep much green space even though located in southeast downtown Atlanta. This spring/summer has been interesting as I painfully wait, watching things sprout up in the yard that may or may not be weeds! Our backyard already has a raised bed so I was excited to get some veggies in the ground. They are doing well...my biggest challenge is keeping the dogs OUT. I reigned in my resourceful 'teacher' creativity and cut some bamboo growing between my and my neighbors fence, and created some fencing/trellises.

I look forward to be a part of this forum and reading the SFG book, which I just ordered online. I also teach pre-k and I finally persuaded my boss to add a raised bed in our playground. In the beginning of the summer I had my summer camp class (ages 5-11) come up with what to put in the garden. I wish I had the book then, because I was at a loss on how to arrange plants, trellises, etc. This fall I look forward to utilizing the book's suggestions as I continue to learn from my mistakes, lol.

I will be sharing pic's of both my garden and the school's and look forward to suggestions and tips from anyone willing to share!


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Re: New and excited!

Post  Pam Nix on 7/2/2011, 6:43 pm

Welcome! One of the great things about SFG is at least in your garden you know immediately if it is a plant or weed. Smile The book is an amazing teacher and you will learn a lot when you read through it. Then factor in the forum and the knowledge base is limitless.

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Info from another Georgian

Post  jcarr on 7/2/2011, 6:55 pm

I have just finished reading the new SFG book and am excited to get started with a fall garden. Just wondering if any of you Georgians could give me information on the best place to buy the coarse grade Vermiculite. I am in the Augusta area. thanks.

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Re: New and excited!

Post  Kelejan on 7/2/2011, 7:11 pm

jcarr to SFG. That is two new gardeners on this thread, we are getting new members at breakneck speed. I have only been here a couple of months myself and remember the warm welcome I had and how much help I have received and how much I have learned.

There is a thread under Vermiculite and I think there may be info on where to obtain what you need.

Best of luck.

If you go to the top of this page and click on FORUM, there is a list of topics and you will find it there.

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Re: New and excited!

Post  Furbalsmom on 7/3/2011, 3:22 pm

Glad to have two new SFG'rs from Georgia. I have family near Rome and will be visiting with them next week.
capatl, really glad you joined us and we are lloking forward to hearing how your garden progresses. Once you received your ALL NEW SQUARE FOOT GARDENING book, you will find great information on how to fill that bed with the perfect growing medium, Mel's Mix.

Be sure you keep us updated and please share pictures of both your own garden and the one at school.

jcarr, hope we can help you find your vermiculite.


Here is the VERMICULITE DATA BASE

To view sources already reported click on U.S. D.B.

To add new sources when you find them, click on U.S. FORM

Let us know how things are going, then share pictures as you progress. Looking forward to hearing how everything does.

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Found Vermiculite...now another ?

Post  jcarr on 7/20/2011, 11:06 am

I am making my first attempt at growing some things from seeds for my fall planting. I followed the schedule for seeding indoors in the SFG book. My broccoli and cabbage seeds came up so quickly in the vermiculite. I then moved them to small containers with Mel's Mix. They are so tall and spindly looking, though. I can't imagine that they will thicken up and look like the plant slips you buy. Will this really work? Basically,all they are are 2 small leaves and a very long skinny stem. Do I just leave them alone, with a bit of water, for the next 5 weeks, at which time the book tells me it is OK to transplant them outside?

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Re: New and excited!

Post  camprn on 7/20/2011, 11:43 am

@jcarr wrote:I am making my first attempt at growing some things from seeds for my fall planting. I followed the schedule for seeding indoors in the SFG book. My broccoli and cabbage seeds came up so quickly in the vermiculite. I then moved them to small containers with Mel's Mix. They are so tall and spindly looking, though. I can't imagine that they will thicken up and look like the plant slips you buy. Will this really work? Basically,all they are are 2 small leaves and a very long skinny stem. Do I just leave them alone, with a bit of water, for the next 5 weeks, at which time the book tells me it is OK to transplant them outside?
If it was me, I might try putting them in 3 inch pots and putting them outside in a strong shade for the next few weeks. I would also cover them with some tulle to prevent any munchers or moths laying eggs on them, water daily and they will probably do well.

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Re: New and excited!

Post  FarmerValerie on 7/20/2011, 2:23 pm

to the forum and to SFG, please keep us posted, and share pictures when you can!

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