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How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

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Re: How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

Post  martha on 12/4/2011, 3:55 pm

@plantoid wrote:
It's my birthday very soon and I think I'm going to be given four 120 litre bag of insulation grade vermiculite chips and two 10 cubic feet bales of compressed peat.


My husband is the envy of all of our friends because he gave me a compost bin a few years back and I was thrilled!

All the other guys.... ....

(This should only done by trained professionals!)
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Re: How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

Post  moswell on 12/5/2011, 9:04 am

Began with 16 square feet last spring. Just added a second 4x4 this fall. I found a couple old light fixtures that are about 6" x 3 feet that I'll use next spring, so that's what, about another 3 square feet. I guess that equals 35 square feet, and I think that'll be plenty for me.
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Re: How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

Post  ashort on 12/6/2011, 1:04 am

2 2x12 = 48
1 4x4 = 16
1 1x4 = 4
1 1.5x12 = 18 (odd size to fit by the drive way - worked well for Eggplants last year

so that would 86

Adding in the next couple of weeks - 4x8 = 32
asparagus bed - 2 x 12 = 24
strawberry bed - 4 x 6 = 24
misc bed - 3 x 8 = 24

and then in Jan/Feb - the big daddy - 4x16 = 64

that just about runs me out of room... so hoping for 168 new squares this year to total out to 254
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Re: How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

Post  martha on 12/6/2011, 12:36 pm

nothing wrong with odd sizes - 1.5 X anything would be good for lots of things!
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Re: How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

Post  Roseinarosecity on 12/6/2011, 1:07 pm

Started with a 4x4=16, added another 4x4=16, and converted a 4x8=32, totaling 64. Contemplating another bed, possibly a 3x10, if I could trim a tree back to have more sun upon my new bed. It's funny how you quickly learn a few squares a just not enough!


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Re: How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

Post  janezee on 12/6/2011, 4:20 pm

Rose,
I'm really sure that it's just because gardening gets to be so much fun instead of work with the raised beds, lack of weeds, and phenomenal success with growth. We start off thinking that it would be nice just to have a tomato, squash, and lettuce, and the next thing you know, kohlrabi, gai lan, parsnips, and rutabagas start to look like an adventure! Need more squares! rock on
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Re: How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

Post  llama momma on 12/6/2011, 4:25 pm

Janezee
I flipped when you said rutabagas, I love them. Is there any special tips you'd like to pass along?
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Re: How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

Post  janezee on 12/6/2011, 4:47 pm

hehehehehe I've never heard of anyone but Mom flipping for rutabagas! Very Happy

This is my first year growing them, and I really don't have any secrets. I planted them 4 to a square, and plan to keep tulle over them next year, since cabbage moths found the leaves this year. I don't eat the leaves, but they were having such a party there that I fear their return. I have only two squares, and the second I put in too late to get much growth before frost. They're under a cloche, waiting for longer days. The other square was attacked by slugs early on, and I have two looking good. I haven't harvested yet, because I wanted to see if frost made them sweeter than store bought.
Come to think of it, my beets were SO sweet, even before frost, I should go out there and harvest one just before a hard frost, and the other one right after, and cook them separately at the same time. Ah, a new plan! I'll let you know, since it should be soon.
Thanks for asking, and making me think of the current crop, rather than tomatoes and catalogs and web pages of a hundred independent growers. (dream)
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Re: How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

Post  Squat_Johnson on 12/6/2011, 5:15 pm

So we're confessing the size of our obsession...

first year I did (2) 4x24
2nd year I added another 4x24
3rd year I added yet another
(although it is actually 3 4x8 beds, still 96 ft)
4th I added 3 4x4 beds

192 + 96 + 96 + 48 = 336

I am not adding any this year.

Another confession. I did check prices at the lumber yard for 2x6 rough cut cedar. At only $5 each, I might need some of that...
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Re: How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

Post  Jay Bird on 12/6/2011, 5:18 pm

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Re: How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

Post  camprn on 12/6/2011, 5:32 pm

@Jay Bird wrote:790
Well, that's a few Shocked LOL

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Re: How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

Post  fiddleman on 12/6/2011, 6:16 pm

144 providing for my family and friends!

1 4x4 bed this year was planted with strawberries... yum. I am ever hopeful for a bountiful harvest next year... bird netting is ready to go on next spring!

I want one more bed since I lost the one bed to strawberries. I may try a table top garden and see how I like it.

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Re: How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

Post  llama momma on 12/6/2011, 6:17 pm

Rutabagas Rock Janezee! Something about that sweet earthy flavor mashed with butter. It was a childhood sidedish comfort food only served at Thanksgiving. If Mom thought they had the slightest bitterness to it she mashed a potato or two with it and it cut the bite. Can't wait to grow them next year thanks to you mentioning it.
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Re: How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

Post  sherryeo on 12/6/2011, 6:56 pm


Squat_Johnson said:

I am not adding any this year.

Another confession. I did check prices at the lumber yard for 2x6 rough cut cedar. At only $5 each, I might need some of that...

Well, SJ, this year IS almost over! What about adding more NEXT year? lol!
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Community Garden space + deck planters

Post  lkimbcan2242 on 3/24/2012, 8:25 pm

I have: 8 ~ 4'Lx1'Wx18"D cedar planters
1 Earthbox 3'Lx1'Wx12"D
various circular pots 8" ~ 15" diameters
AND 8'Lx7'W community garden plot with a trellis on one end

Total = 120sq ft?

Not bad for an apartment dweller!
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Re: How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

Post  Grandpop on 3/24/2012, 8:40 pm

3=4x18
1=4x4

No more . . . until fall!!!
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Re: How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

Post  GWN on 3/24/2012, 8:41 pm

Not bad for an apartment dweller!
Excellent for an apartment dweller. WOW.
I currently have 88 square feet in Mels mix, and am gradually changing over another 200 square feet of raised beds over to mels mix, might not get it all this year though...
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Re: How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

Post  B maier on 3/24/2012, 8:43 pm

12

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Re: How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 3/24/2012, 8:55 pm

Right now I have none but I'll be building two boxes at 4ft x 10ft.

That's going to be a lot of squares!
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Re: How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

Post  sfg4uKim on 3/24/2012, 9:09 pm

Right now I have a 2 x 23 but hope to add three 2 x 6s = 82

Gonna be working on a school project that will have 232 squares!

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Re: How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

Post  searchnk9 on 3/24/2012, 9:21 pm

This is my first year, after years of attempting with soil so full of rocks it broke my tiller. Sad

3 4x8's
1 4x4

so 112.

Plus a Sams Club 3.5x7 filled with what I could come up with on a days notice. I came home for a dog agility trial weekend to find three bags of already sprouted asparagus roots on my front porch. Was worried about them surviving since everything I could find said transplant dormant plants.

Already planning fall additions.

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Re: How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

Post  curio on 3/24/2012, 9:27 pm

2: 4x5
1: 4x10
2 2x8
1 3x4
1 2x2

Plus... three 2x2 high rise potato bins.
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Re: How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

Post  Kate888 on 3/24/2012, 10:47 pm

I'm starting with 2 3x6 boxes so 36 squares. But I hope to add at least 2 more next year. When I planned the size of the area we're setting up to put our beds in allowing for adding a "few" more boxes I calculated I could get 200 squares in it if I wanted. (shhh don't tell hubby, he'll think I'm crazy to even be thinking about it.)
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Re: How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

Post  AZMom4JC on 3/25/2012, 1:36 pm

I have 176 sq. ft. Planning on another 44 when I can afford more Mel's mix. I am feeding a family of 9. 44 sq. ft. are 12 inches deep so I can grow corn. How many family members are you all feeding with your boxes and are they all 6 inches deep?
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Re: How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

Post  JustMe on 3/25/2012, 2:02 pm

30 square feet. Our box is a recycled sandbox that was 4 squares by 8 squares. I haven't had luck planting in two of the squares, so I will be trying Josh's worm tubes in those two.

This box helps feed our family of 4. We're still buying things from the farmer's markets and grocery stores, but we're buying less.

I have been toying with the idea of starting a dedicated strawberry box and a dedicated asparagus box. Right now, they are in the box of 30 squares. Now that I've read more about SFG, I'm really rethinking the idea of having the asparagus in the same box as everything else.

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