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Post  dixiedamsel on 8/6/2011, 12:44 pm

Hello.

I've been thinking about trying a square foot garden for some time now. I can't really handle a full garden and there aren't that many things I can get my husband to eat. Mostly tomatoes, , lettuce and green peas.

However, I am interested in making my flower garden easier to care for. Will the mixture work with Irises and Glads?


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Re: Newbie from Hickory, NC

Post  Furbalsmom on 8/6/2011, 7:34 pm

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Glad to have you join us. A single 4X4 SFG may be just the thing for your limited selection of veggies. Not hard to keep up at all. That is one of the major benefits of SFG, once your bed is built and filled with Mel's Mix, there just is not a lot to do to keep it growing well. It certainly makes gardening a pleasure and not a chore.

I'm hoping that Josh will respond to your question about Iris and Glad growing in a SFG. He has created a large flower SFG. If you will check this link you can see his progress and pictures too.JOSH'S FLOWER SFG.

I grow many containers of flowers using Mel's Mix. This includes Roses, Petunias, Geraniums, Bee Balm and Thunbergia (black eyed susan vine)

Have your read ALL NEW SQUARE FOOT GARDENING yet? If not, I hope you do so soon. You will find the All New method of SFG is so much simpler to do than row gardening or even the older SFG method.

Again, Welcome, and hope you get the answers you need.
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Re: Newbie from Hickory, NC

Post  Kelejan on 8/7/2011, 2:20 am

glad you\'re here dixiedamsel from Kelejan happy hi
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Re: Newbie from Hickory, NC

Post  dixiedamsel on 8/7/2011, 3:39 pm

Thank you for your kind welcome. Yes I do have the new book. Just haven't finished reading it yet.

I'm hoping to get a garden started in the next few months. That way it'll be ready for spring planting.

The trick is finding someone to build the frames for me.

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Re: Newbie from Hickory, NC

Post  Dunkinjean on 8/7/2011, 6:12 pm

Welcome to the Forum! Very Happy

You have several options with regard to the square foot gardening box.

1) Make one yourself or hubby (cheapest)

1) Purchase at a local box store hopefully on sale

2) Find someone to build it and offer them some produce &/or flowers as a thank you

Best of luck! You will quickly become addicted to Sq Ft Gardening like I did. I started with one box and now have three which is alot less than most.

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Post  dixiedamsel on 8/7/2011, 6:18 pm

I'm hoping I can talk one of my brothers into making me a couple. They were all carpenters.

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Post  Kelejan on 8/8/2011, 2:19 am

@dixiedamsel wrote:I'm hoping I can talk one of my brothers into making me a couple. They were all carpenters.

There you go, dixie, your brothers can knock one up in a jiffy.
I'm sure they would be able to get the wood for you at a good price.
All you need to do now is decided the dimensions of your boxes and how many.

The hardest part is locating your vermiculite. There is a sticky thread for that, plus another for Mel's Mix, then after you have soaked up all that knowledge, then ask questions.

Perhaps your brothers could make your boxes for Christmas?

You're gonna love this way of gardening. happy hi
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