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Greetings from a New Memeber in Cincinnati

Post  StevieM on 1/10/2012, 7:50 am

I'm StevieM and just joined your wonderful group today!

I've been reading for a while and decided to join in the conversation. I've been using the SQG system for a while now and really like the raised beds. I have a very small yard, but managed to fit 4 4'X4' boxes-three with trellises.

I do have some questions, but will search the forum for answers before I bother you all with them.

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Post  Red-Leg on 1/10/2012, 9:00 am

Welcome, Stevie!

I'm fairly new here as well. We have a good contingent in the Cincinnati area and I'm hoping we can get together sometime.

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 1/10/2012, 9:10 am

Thanks for joining in, Steve! Don't be quiet now, ya hear?

You've seen the questions already I bet. Have you read the book? What does your garden look like? What do you plan to grow?

Let us know. Hope to see you around!

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Post  RoOsTeR on 1/10/2012, 9:11 am

Welcome Stevie! We have a great bunch here. Don't be afraid to ask questions Very Happy

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Re: Greetings from a New Memeber in Cincinnati

Post  StevieM on 1/10/2012, 9:35 am

I would love to get together with fellow SFGers in the Cinti area!

I don't have my pictures here at the moment, but I will look for some to post.

I've read both Mel's books and found both useful. The newer one helped me build the boxes. I do like the older one, mine has a copyright of 1981, has a wonderful section Guide to Growing Crops that I use every year.

My major issues here have been finding coarse vermicullite. I ended up using mostly pearlite and it isn't nearly as good at holding water. I think that Dayton Hydroponics has vermicullite and have been meaning to check.

Also I have issues growing any type of squash. I think they get powdery mildew and something else and just die. I just can't seem to grow squash (winter or summer). Also no mellons or cukes either. Plus the squirrels just destroy my tomatoes. So much so that I almost didn't bother growing anything last year. It is such a bummer spending all that time and effort to just have the squirrels take one bit out of a tomato, drop it and do the same thing to dozen and dozens.

I do build the small chickenwire boxes to protect my seedlings. I just don't have a good way to protect the trellised tomatoes. I may just grow cherry ones as the squirrels seem to leave them alone and there are just so many. I plant Besser and it gets huge.

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Post  Glendale-gardener on 1/10/2012, 10:58 am

Welcome to the forum Stevie!

We are getting tons of Cincinnati folks on this forum! I am in Glendale(Tri-County) and we have a lot more SFGer's all over the city. Last year we even met up a few times and we're hoping to do it a little more often this year.

Definitely ask tons of questions, no matter how ridiculous you think it is.

First things first- you need the new book!!!! The info in the new book is very different, essential and time saving!

Finding verm will get easier the closer we get to spring. Dayton Hydro in Tri County is prob your best bet for right now. Last year Ed's Feed and Seed got it in pretty early but it was the fine verm and not the course. Last year I started with getting the fine at Ed's then later I got course at Reading Feed and Garden.

GL finding a way to protect trellises. My main problem is the chipmunks and the squash bugs. My dogs keep all the birds away!

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Re: Greetings from a New Memeber in Cincinnati

Post  Furbalsmom on 1/10/2012, 3:27 pm

Welcome, StevieM

So nice to have you join us. Great that you have the ALL NEW SQUARE FOOT GARDENING book to use for preparing your SFG beds. I agree there is a lot of good growing information in the older book too.

I certainly hope you find a solution for your trellised tomatoes, having squirrels nosh on them is such a pain in the tush.

I found my vermiculite at a hypdroponics store. Hope you get a chance to check out those local to you. You might want to give them a call before you drive out. Just to make sure they have what you need in stock.

Regarding your squash and cukes, are you able to water at ground level, either by using the cup and bucket method, or using drip hoses? Powdery Mildew can be aggravated by overhead watering.

Please keep us updated on your progress.

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Post  madnicmom on 1/10/2012, 4:59 pm

Howdy Neighbor. I'm north on 75 , Trenton, Ohio. Glad you joined us. Yes, some of us are planning on attending some classes at the Civic Garden Center next month.

I'm hoping my dog keeps the squirrels/rabbits away this year. He is a retired greyhound so hopefully that won't be a problem for him. LOL

I was able to grow cukes last year but my squash never did anything.

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Re: Greetings from a New Memeber in Cincinnati

Post  Red-Leg on 1/10/2012, 8:36 pm

I was just at Dayton Hydroponics this past Saturday and they do have the coarse vermiculite for $25 for a 4sf bag. I think I may run up this weekend and pickup four bags so I know I have plenty on hand.

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Re: Greetings from a New Memeber in Cincinnati

Post  StevieM on 1/11/2012, 1:22 pm

Glendale: I think I'm going to build 5' cubes out of PVC and chicken wire and just put the cage over the entire bed and just remove the trellises. I've learned to loath squirrels. I'll let everyone know how it works.

Farb: Thanks for the reminder about watering on the ground. I try to do that, but I often have help watering from my second grade daughter and you know how that goes Laughing

Mad: If you figure out the squash let me know. I'm going to try a different variety this year that is supposed to say somewhat compacted 18" or so.

Red: I'm going to get to Dayton's soon and get two bags. I have 4 4x4' beds . . . so that should just about do it for me.

What a great resource you all have here!

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