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Post  valmadrien on Sun 31 Jul 2011, 2:15 pm

Hi Everyone,



I am brand new to Square Foot Gardening. Unfortunately I did not buy the book (ordered it now for next season, lol). After much research (now obviously not enough) my son built me 3 wonderful 4 x 8 x 20" foot raised garden boxes. These boxes were constructed over top a large sheet of heavy duty hard plastic (the kind that is used to line dump sites with) Nearly bullet proof plastic. I thought this would protect me against weeds invading garden boxes. Anyway, here in the Interior of British Columbia we had a very late spring followed by more rain than is usual for most of June and part of July. I began to notice that with all the rain, I did not ever have to water. Sadly more was going on then I realized. After 10 days of straight hot sunshine my garden boxes were still very very wet. Nearly everything became a sad excuse for a garden. I feel very discouraged. So as I await the delivery of my book, can anyone tell me if it was the plastic on the bottom and the lack of proper drainage that caused my disastrous entry into this world of square foot gardening?


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Post  valmadrien on Sun 31 Jul 2011, 2:24 pm

in my post I meant to say "did not ever have to water" rather than "did not ever have to weed"

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Post  FamilyGardening on Sun 31 Jul 2011, 2:34 pm

Hi Very Happy and welcome to SFG forum!



did you put drain holes at the bottom?......if so then you may want to put some more in....some gardeners here have table top box's with a solid bottom on them.....you have to make sure though that the water is able to get out....sounds like your water was/is backing up and not draining.....if you are unable to put holes in the bullet proof bottom then i suggest trying to drill some holes on the sides of the wood framing.....Very Happy hope that helps!



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Post  valmadrien on Sun 31 Jul 2011, 2:41 pm

Hi Rose,



Great to hear a response. I have never posted on a forum before so I was excited to see such a quick response. Thank you. And no I did not put holes anywheres in the plastic. Somehow missed this step in my research. Thanks for the suggestion re holes in the side. Will try this, although it may be too late for most plants. Would you suggest next hear I start over again and drill holes through bottom prior to soil mix going in?



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Post  FamilyGardening on Sun 31 Jul 2011, 2:58 pm

i would put holes in the bottom if you can.....but....if the holes you put in the sides seem to do the trick then im not sure you would need to put any in the bottom....the main goal is to allow water to get out so that the plants are not drowning....you maybe surprised that this years may recover if you get more sun and heat....and the soil is able to get dry Very Happy



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Post  valmadrien on Sun 31 Jul 2011, 3:13 pm

Will try that and see how it goes. Thanks again for your suggestion



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Post  Kelejan on Sun 31 Jul 2011, 3:55 pm

valmadrien from another British Columbian from the Southern Interior.



This forum is a great place with many helpful people. My first year here and I log in almost every day to see what everyone has got up to and to learn things I never knew before.
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Post  TryingForGreen on Sun 31 Jul 2011, 4:12 pm

Valmadrien, if you drill the holes in the sides and don't see water coming out, you'll need some in the bottom too. A friend of mine recently planted a hibiscus tree in a pot with no drainage. One rainy day and it was flooded. After a few days the plant began to die. When she switched it to a proper pot, water poured out of it for several minutes. Now the plant is much happier and even has blooms. So, check for water to know if it's working! Good luck! flower
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Post  WolfHeart on Mon 01 Aug 2011, 2:46 pm



This was my first year doing the SFG thing. I love it and the book will definitely a lot of your questions about SFG. One thing I would suggest is to remove the plastic and use a heavy duty weed cloth. this is what I did as recommended by the book and I never had issues with sogginess of my gardens. You will also see in the book that Mel's Mix is the backbone of SFG and it is the one thing that shouldn't be skimped on .... Embarassed....Like I did....Next year it will be by the book.

Feel free to ask any questions and I can tell you, you will be surprised at how fast answers come.

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