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Post  NCSU44 on 8/6/2011, 10:50 pm

I have been gardening for all of my adult life (born in 1968) and have had great success with my raised beds since moving to Indiana (from VA and NC before that- every time I move I drop a zone (7, 6, 5, ...) I look forward to bigger successes with SFG! The key for me has always been incorporating some new compost each year (but I have been doing it the old fashioned way - breaking my back).



I plan on converting my existing raised beds (3 beds; all 4 ft by 8ft by 2 ft high) to SFG beds 12" deep (we like root crops and am wondering if I need a barrier between the good dirt (not Mel's mix) I have in the bottom foot of the box or if I can mix the Mel's mix in on top. I may empty the box and move that dirt to other natural areas in my yard and put some filler in the bottom of the box. I like the raised beds as it has kept the rabbits out of my lettuce, spinach, green beans, etc.



I also plan on building some new 2 foot wide beds to accommodate our tomatoes that will fit nicely into our existing landscape. Can you trellis in the middle and grow tomatoes on one side and another vineing crop (cucumbers, squash etc.) on the other side? To aid in crop rotation from year to year.



Can you grow corn, green beans and squash together in a set of boxes?

We LOVE to can our own salsa so growing tomatoes on trellises will be quite an adventure. What can I do with my tomato cages? Some of them are pretty heavy duty squares that seem like they will fit in my new 1ft x 1ft grids for next year.



I live in a neighborhood with some heavy duty restrictions on how your yard looks so for me to compost on my own I'll need to buy a composter. Any suggestions?



I look forward to learning from all of you and spending some time on this message board.

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Post  Kelejan on 8/7/2011, 2:18 am

Just a quick glad you\'re here NCSU44 to the Forum.

I think you are going to be very pleased with the results from SFG style of growing things.

I am only a newbie and I am very happy with my results knowing that I have learned so much here and that next year will be even better.

Off to bed now, and I am sure there will be more "welcomes" from members tomorrow. happy hi
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Post  Goosegirl on 8/7/2011, 8:30 am

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Welcome to the easiest gardening you will ever do! You are going to LOVE it! This is my first year with my SFG's instead of row gardening and I can't believe the difference in the amount of work! I am having success with crops that I had always had failure or limited success before.

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