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SF(Gardening) Update (no pics yet)

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Post  Unmutual on 10/22/2011, 10:54 am

Well, it's been a crazy end to summer. August and September were taken up with Master Gardener training and pulling out the tomato plants. Boy did my compost pile get filled quickly. Then I finally decided how I'm doing the permanent SFG beds and went to cinder blocks(I even got the math correct for that). After tearing down some of the "temporary" SFG boxes, I used the old Mel's mix in the new concrete block 16'x4' bed. I also made a 2 bin composter since the spent plants completely filled my store-bought compost bin.

30 MG volunteer hours later, and much gardening later, I've killed a fair amount of grass in the back yard and I can't wait for the peppers and ground cherries to finish producing so I can make the 2nd 16'x4' bed from concrete blocks. I will have to say this though, I think it would have been a LOT easier to use wood because leveling blocks while keeping them relatively straight can be a challenge, especially when you're too lazy to set up the string line on the other side(it ended up looking like a "D").

This weekend I'm going to finish filling the new bed with MM and do all the digging for a (non-SFG) reseeding herb bed. The only reason it will not be SFG is because mixing in compost will disturb the seeds and current plantings. Come spring, I'll be putting in the rest of the herbs and then waiting a full year to see what regrows and what doesn't.

After walking out in 105 degree heat to water the old boxes, I finally broke down and got some drip irrigation, but with manual timers. I still want to force myself to go outside and at least look at the garden every day so I can spot trouble. The drip irrigation is coming in thursday(hopefully) and I'm getting some help from another MG so we can both get some experience installing drip irrigation(neither of us have done it before, but I've watched enough youtube tuts to feel confident). Before thursday, I hope to get some 2x2's and make the trellising. I thought about using conduit again, but with the concrete boxes I think it would look too bleak and industrial. The grid will also be going back down after the drip irrigation is installed.

I finally got smart and ordered some red wigglers during a cool snap. After a 3rd attempt I have found out that ordering worms during the hot months of summer is not a good idea, no matter how fast they get to you by mail. I was happy to not have my nose assaulted by the odor of dead worms for a 3rd time! They're living up the high life in my worm factory as we speak. They must be enjoying it because only one tried to escape so far.

My winter project will be making about (4) 4'x4' cold frames to go on top of at least 1 full bed(or mix and match as the case may be). I've priced the twin wall polycarbonate panels and they're not too expensive, so that's what I think I'll go with.

The other winter project will probably involve me recording myself setting up the other large bed so I can get my SFG Teacher certification out of the way. Or I could use a MG project coming up that will probably end up being SFG(it's a restaurant run by catholic charities that want a small, but productive garden. Sounds like SFG to me! If that's not feeding the world's hungry through SFG, then I don't know what is.)

I'll have to take photos of both projects, and I'll share them with you all once something is done(hopefully before spring...well before spring).


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Post  AvaDGardner on 3/20/2012, 1:50 pm

I love the idea for your MG project. I woke up this morning thinking about approaching the nursing home with a SFG. It could help reduce their costs and get the residents involved.

Way to go!


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