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Post  georgiahomegarden on 1/19/2012, 6:10 pm

I am new to this particular SFG forum. I am starting my third year of SFG in 2012 and I wanted to say hi and start off my first post with a slideshow from my 2011 garden.

I can't post the link for seven days since I am new member, but I will post it after my seven days is up.
I hope everyone has a great 2012 gardening season!


NOTE: This thread has been moved to the Non-SFG Gardening forum.

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Post  georgiahomegarden on 1/19/2012, 8:05 pm

FYI:

I have updated my forum profile with my blog address. This will allow you to access my blog and the video before my 7 day period.

Wink Wink Wink

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Re: 2011 Garden Slideshow

Post  southern gardener on 1/20/2012, 1:17 am

super cool video!! thanks for sharing! Is your soil Mel's Mix?

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Re: 2011 Garden Slideshow

Post  CarolynPhillips on 1/20/2012, 12:19 pm

That was a very nice slideshow. Enjoyed every minute,

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Post  llama momma on 1/20/2012, 12:43 pm

Welcome to the Square Foot gardening forum. Nice video shots accompanied by the dreamy musical performance of the great IZ. Thanks for sharing. Btw your mix looks different from mine. Yours is lighter and I wonder why. And I think I saw round shaped eggplant, you recall what variety it was?

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Post  quiltbea on 1/20/2012, 1:26 pm

I enjoyed your slideshow. You did a great job with your first year of gardening.

You can add your blog addy to the signature line of your posts by going to your profile.

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Re: 2011 Garden Slideshow

Post  staf74 on 1/20/2012, 4:42 pm

Greetings GAhomegarden !!!

to the forum. Looks like a great set-up. We have lots of friendly folk here from all over the place that will chime in and help you out should you need it. Clearly, you are resourceful and are no stranger to hard work. Its basically all done now, now hopefully you can just sit back and watch it grow.

Check out our region (i'm assuming you are middle south but no worries if not) when you can. It will help with some local planting dates and things specific to where we live.

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/f9-middle-south

Pls become a regular here not only on our region but on the general forum itself.

Would love some updates too Very Happy

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Post  georgiahomegarden on 1/20/2012, 6:12 pm

@southern gardener wrote:super cool video!! thanks for sharing! Is your soil Mel's Mix?


Thanks for the kudos.

It is a poor man's Mel's Mix. My mix was one half dirt from last year's bed, one half quality dirt/compost from a local nursery, vermiculite, lime, and 13-13-13 fertilizer. I wasn't super scientific about it. I couldn't afford to use that amount of vermiculite that he suggests. I also amend my soil with bags of Black Gold Cow Fertilizer and mushroom compost each time I plant something new in the bed.

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Re: 2011 Garden Slideshow

Post  georgiahomegarden on 1/20/2012, 6:14 pm

@CarolynPhillips wrote:That was a very nice slideshow. Enjoyed every minute,

Thanks I appreciate it.

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Re: 2011 Garden Slideshow

Post  georgiahomegarden on 1/20/2012, 6:17 pm

@llama momma wrote:Welcome to the Square Foot gardening forum. Nice video shots accompanied by the dreamy musical performance of the great IZ. Thanks for sharing. Btw your mix looks different from mine. Yours is lighter and I wonder why. And I think I saw round shaped eggplant, you recall what variety it was?

See my reply above, my mix isn't exactly the same as Mel's Mix. It worked pretty well for me though. That variety of eggplant was called Black Beauty. I bought two seedlings from Lowe's last year. One plant died and the other one produced over 20 eggplants. It was unreal. I hit them with a sprinkling a triple phospate fertilizer right after they flowered. This was a recommendation at my local nursery for my pepper plants and I decided to try it on my eggplant too. I don't know if that was the cause for the super production of that one plant or if I was just lucky.

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Re: 2011 Garden Slideshow

Post  georgiahomegarden on 1/20/2012, 6:18 pm

@quiltbea wrote:I enjoyed your slideshow. You did a great job with your first year of gardening.

You can add your blog addy to the signature line of your posts by going to your profile.

Thanks for the affirmation. I tried adding my blog address to my signature, but it tells me the same thing. I must wait 7 days before posting external addresses. I will be sure to do that after my 7 days "grace" period.

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Re: 2011 Garden Slideshow

Post  georgiahomegarden on 1/20/2012, 6:20 pm

@staf74 wrote:Greetings GAhomegarden !!!

to the forum. Looks like a great set-up. We have lots of friendly folk here from all over the place that will chime in and help you out should you need it. Clearly, you are resourceful and are no stranger to hard work. Its basically all done now, now hopefully you can just sit back and watch it grow.

Check out our region (i'm assuming you are middle south but no worries if not) when you can. It will help with some local planting dates and things specific to where we live.

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/f9-middle-south

Pls become a regular here not only on our region but on the general forum itself.

Would love some updates too Very Happy

Thanks for that information, I appreciate it. I am beginning to like this forum much better than the GardenWeb forums. These are more up to date and easier to use. I will be sure to send updates from time to time once things pick up. Thanks again.

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Re: 2011 Garden Slideshow

Post  AranMC on 1/20/2012, 6:33 pm

Welcome to the forum, I'm fairly new here too.. It will be my first year of square foot gardening and I can't wait to get started... I loved the slideshow, everything looked so healthy and the music was wonderful...

Aran

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Re: 2011 Garden Slideshow

Post  georgiahomegarden on 1/20/2012, 10:48 pm

Any idea on why this thread was moved? It is a post showing my SFG garden? I thought I had it classified correctly?

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Re: 2011 Garden Slideshow

Post  RoOsTeR on 1/20/2012, 11:10 pm

It is a poor man's Mel's Mix. My mix was one half dirt from last year's bed, one half quality dirt/compost from a local nursery, vermiculite, lime, and 13-13-13 fertilizer. I wasn't super scientific about it. I couldn't afford to use that amount of vermiculite that he suggests. I also amend my soil with bags of Black Gold Cow Fertilizer and mushroom compost each time I plant something new in the bed.

To be a true Square Foot Garden, it must contain Mel's Mix which is 1/3 Peat Moss, 1/3 Coarse Vermiculite, and 1/3 blend of at least 5 different types of compost, a box, and a grid. Anything else belongs in Non Square Foot Gardening.

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Post  Chopper on 1/20/2012, 11:42 pm

Thanks for the kudos.

It is a poor man's Mel's Mix. My mix was one half dirt from last year's bed, one half quality dirt/compost from a local nursery, vermiculite, lime, and 13-13-13 fertilizer. I wasn't super scientific about it. I couldn't afford to use that amount of vermiculite that he suggests. I also amend my soil with bags of Black Gold Cow Fertilizer and mushroom compost each time I plant something new in the bed.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but the poor man's MM is straight compost. It might have been a better choice - any dirt or real soil tends to make the mix really not as workable as either straight compost or regular MM. I would have taken the money spent on fertilizer and lime and bought peat - a compressed 2 cf bag really equals double that when fluffed - and then added vermiculite and compost. Compost is the one ingredient that is easily scrounged. And it sounds like you have a starter anyway. Just saying.

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Post  georgiahomegarden on 1/21/2012, 6:18 pm

nKedrOoStEr wrote:
It is a poor man's Mel's Mix. My mix was one half dirt from last year's bed, one half quality dirt/compost from a local nursery, vermiculite, lime, and 13-13-13 fertilizer. I wasn't super scientific about it. I couldn't afford to use that amount of vermiculite that he suggests. I also amend my soil with bags of Black Gold Cow Fertilizer and mushroom compost each time I plant something new in the bed.

To be a true Square Foot Garden, it must contain Mel's Mix which is 1/3 Peat Moss, 1/3 Coarse Vermiculite, and 1/3 blend of at least 5 different types of compost, a box, and a grid. Anything else belongs in Non Square Foot Gardening.

Wow, you guys really take SFG serious. To move a thread because I don't use the exact proportions of Mel's Mix is a little extreme to say the least. I always thought SFG was any form of gardening that uses raised beds, that were then equally divided into quadrants. Thus maximizing space and making maintenance easier.

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Post  llama momma on 1/21/2012, 7:01 pm

Quote: "Wow, you guys really take SFG serious. To move a thread because I don't use the exact proportions of Mel's Mix is a little extreme to say the least."

LM Easy there, be assured you are welcomed. You have to understand the most important fact. This forum supports the method that is taught in the book. This forum exists because of the author's decades of fine tuning His method that works. This forum's volunteers support people every day who want to discuss the method. See where this is going? If you don't use the book's method then you're really not on the same page with most of the people here. But also understand this is not a problem. Your post was moved because it is the correct thing to do. Your growing methods are different, your issues and perhaps problems will be different, therefore it belongs in the correct thread. P.s. I grew black beauty eggplants too, mine were elongated compared to your round black beauties, I would have thought they'd be the same shape, wouldn't you? LM

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Post  boffer on 1/21/2012, 7:29 pm

@georgiahomegarden wrote:... I always thought SFG was any form of gardening that uses raised beds, that were then equally divided into quadrants....

Keep going...
On page 87 of the ANSFG book, Mel wrote:
Mel's Mix is the most important, productive, essential, necessary, critical, major subject and is the backbone of the entire book and the Square Foot Gardening method!

That's the picture. Get it? It's the reason all the other improvements are possible...
That is the beginning of Chapter 5, titled: "Mel's Mix, Essential for Square Foot Gardening Success"

For some reason, not everyone comprehends Mel's words as he intended. The one thing we've been asked to do here on Mel's forum, is to make sure everyone knows that it's not SFG without Mel's Mix.

We're always on the lookout for the magic words that everyone will understand. Please, tell us how we can improve on Mel's words, so that everyone who arrives here understands what Mel's message is.

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Post  janezee on 1/22/2012, 5:20 am

Welcome, Georgiahomegarden!

Don't poke the Keepers of the MM!
Fair warning! They bite! They take no prisoners! Very Happy
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Post  georgiahomegarden on 1/26/2012, 5:10 pm

@janezee wrote:Welcome, Georgiahomegarden!

Don't poke the Keepers of the MM!
Fair warning! They bite! They take no prisoners! Very Happy
j


Thanks for the update janezee. I still call what I am doing SFG, but I understand somewhat where the admins are coming from.

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Post  camprn on 1/26/2012, 5:19 pm

@georgiahomegarden wrote:
@janezee wrote:Welcome, Georgiahomegarden!

Don't poke the Keepers of the MM!
Fair warning! They bite! They take no prisoners! Very Happy
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Thanks for the update janezee. I still call what I am doing SFG, but I understand somewhat where the admins are coming from.
Thanks for the understanding Georgiahomegarden! What a Face and really... we dont' bite. Wink

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