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SFG - take two

Post  JustMe on 7/3/2011, 12:10 am

This is my 2nd year of a SFG. Last year, I moved an unused sandbox left by the previous owners of the house that measured 4x8' next to another raised bed they made. The other raised bed holds two rhubarb plants and one of the compost bins that I found on the curb with a "free" sign a few years ago in the neighborhood. Our kids were not using the sandbox, so the box was "free" (give or take the cost of the house, lol). Unfortunately, the deer and rabbits harvested more than we did, so I added a netting this year.

The netting is secured with twist ties in the corners and velcro ties at the middle posts. This way, we can open it on two sides.

Left side of bed
Should've taken a horizontal shot.
Top row = tomato, marigolds, asparagus
Second row = 2 squares of tomato, eggplant, margiold
Third row = tomato, strawberry, bell pepper, empty b/c it didn't take
Fourth row = sage, strawberry, strawberry, carrots, chives

Right side of bed.

Top row = 3 squares of asparagus
2nd row = mesclun mix, brussel sprout, mesclun mix, bush beans
3rd row = 2 squares cilantro, mesclun mix, lettuce
4th row = chives (I don't think they took), Swiss chard, basil, lettuce/thyme

The corners have a diagonal brace piece, so I planted the sage and thyme in the bottom corners. The top corners are empty but I planted some annual seeds.

Last year, I planted asparagus with just the 2 year old roots, but what came up was minimal. Many people around here said it was a rough year for asparagus. By chance, I stopped into a nursery just out of town here that happened to have 2 year old asparagus plants, so I planted those this spring. 1/square.

The rainbow Swiss chard came 2 plants/pot. I just bought 1 pot and am glad. We're still doing a CSA box, so we're getting a big overwhelmed with Swiss chard right now. I told my hubby that if I can really plan this out, perhaps we can stop the CSA next year.

Just a few marigolds have come up. My daughter's friend gave us an envelope of marigold seeds/flower heads from their garden. We really enjoyed pulling out the seeds from them. I re-sowed seeds today.

The beans have a trellis b/c I thought they were pole beans but they're gold and green bush beans.

Our kids have enjoyed seeing the plants grow, flower, and set fruit. The kids seem more engaged with the garden - watering, watching, and harvesting. We've watched bees pollinate the flowers. I'm really enjoying watching the eggplant and brussel sprouts grow, since I've never seen them as plants before.

I'm on the fence about starting a 4x4' all strawberry box next year and/or another 4x4' box w/space for sunflowers, pumpkins - I think those would just be cool to grow. This box wasn't maximized for the spring crops since most everything went in at Memorial Day, when we're frost-free here.

The box is weedier than others posted here. As a newbie, I didn't know what some of the plants started by seed would look like, so I had to let everything grow in a bit and figure out which one didn't belong.

Many of the seeded items are not in an ideal grid w/in the squares either b/c the kids and I planted these together. Some seeds were dropped in other boxes or didn't take, but such is life. We're all enjoying our SFG.


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