Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Display results as :


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Spaghetti Squash ?
by newbeone Today at 4:50 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by newbeone Today at 4:18 am

» Hello from Southeast Michigan!
by sanderson Today at 4:09 am

» Wick Irrigation
by sanderson Today at 3:17 am

» Butterfly Junction
by sanderson Today at 3:13 am

» Watering System -- Finally!
by CitizenKate Today at 12:47 am

» Growing zucchini in containers
by sanderson Today at 12:06 am

» Growing Strawberries in Charlotte
by sanderson Today at 12:04 am

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania, 3rd year SFG
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 11:09 pm

» N & C Midwest: March 2017 Brink of Spring
by CitizenKate Yesterday at 10:46 pm

» Mirrors in the Garden
by ralitaco Yesterday at 10:06 pm

» An excellent read for those with Diabetes
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:40 pm

» Friend or foe?
by sanderson Yesterday at 8:08 pm

» Comfrey
by llama momma Yesterday at 3:23 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 12:27 pm

» March: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 12:03 pm

» Medical Herbs
by Ginger Blue Yesterday at 10:39 am

» 1st SFG Plan - Any thoughts?
by herblover Yesterday at 9:04 am

» Hello from Richmond
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:36 am

» New from OK City
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:18 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in March 2017
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:05 am

» Hello all
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:59 am

» Double layer weed cloth/landscape fabric?
by phoeg 3/27/2017, 10:24 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by donnainzone5 3/27/2017, 10:09 pm

» Dragon Fruit!
by sanderson 3/27/2017, 9:57 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by yolos 3/27/2017, 3:38 pm

» Nomadic’s Diary - An Italian SFG Orto/Vegetable Garden
by sanderson 3/27/2017, 1:41 pm

» Bryan Greenbeard of Minnesota's 2017 Plans
by BeetlesPerSqFt 3/27/2017, 10:08 am

» Anyone in SE Idaho or near by?
by BeetlesPerSqFt 3/27/2017, 9:56 am

» Making Smoothies
by RoOsTeR 3/27/2017, 9:03 am


Search SFG Forum

Now that I'm retired....

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Now that I'm retired....

Post  obrdrln on 1/25/2012, 6:29 pm

Hi from the Midatlantic! I just recently retired and suddenly realized--I CAN GARDEN!! I had a copy of the origional SFG book but ended up giving it to my DIL several years ago because I didn't have the time to devote to the creation, care, feeding and harvesting!!

This method of gardening has always made sense to me and while it's still a little early to actually plant, I have raised boxes to build and verticle standards to erect. Not to mention what to plant, where, with what other veggies and herbs, etc., etc., etc. I went today and priced my materials--except for MM. Stores don't have their composts, vermiculite, or bales of peat out yet. A co-worker gave me a visa gift card that should just about cover what I need (ty, Jessica!)

I have had small gardens in the past and am pleased to say they were relatively successful so I'm quite confident that the SFG will be equally as triumphant! NOTHING like biting into a sun warmed just picked cuke that I grew myself!!

Eventually I hope to make my way back to the Pacific Northwest where my two sons reside. I love camping and hope I can strike a happy medium between gardening and camping. I have three canine furbabes and one feline Princess.

I look forward to becoming a participating member of this forum and picking brains as well as veggies!

Judy in VA

Female Posts : 66
Join date : 2012-01-25
Age : 71
Location : South Chesterfield, VA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Now that I'm retired....

Post  martha on 1/25/2012, 6:36 pm

Welcome, Judy!

I am so glad that you get to start with Mel's improved SFG, instead of the original!

And keep in mind, we love photos of your square feet, but we are also suckers for photos of furbabes and royalty!

Female Posts : 2188
Join date : 2010-03-03
Age : 60
Location : Acton, Massachusetts Zone 5b/6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Now that I'm retired....

Post  EatYourVeggies on 1/25/2012, 6:47 pm

Hello Judy and welcome to the Forum. I was retired at 44 and while living in Tucson, AZ. Within a few months, I had purchaseded my first copy of the ANSFG book and have never looked at gardening the same. Due to some curve balls life decided to throw at me, In 2009 I ended up back home, in the PNW (Vancouver, WA) and am nearing the garden ripened age of 51. There is an unbelievable amount of events constantly going on out here and wonderful resources should you ever make it back to the area. A little early, but I've already begun some seeds this year and plan to still build my boxes, for what I hope is my best SFG yet. See you around the forum. Smile

Male Posts : 155
Join date : 2012-01-10
Age : 56
Location : Vancouver WA Zone 8a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Now that I'm retired....

Post  Furbalsmom on 1/25/2012, 6:53 pm

Judy and congratulations on your retirement.

Really nice to have you join us. What a different lifestyle and climate from the PNW to VA.

Good for you, planning and pricing to get your raised beds and trellises ready is a great move.

Have you finished reading ALL NEW SQUARE FOOT GARDENING? I found it so different (and so much easier) than the original SFG method. Yes there is work involved building your bed, sourcing your Mel's Mix ingredients and mixing the Mel's Mix, but compared to double digging a garden bed, this is a snap.

You will find that you can grow better warm weather veggies in VA than you could in the cool PNW.

Take your time and use the search box for older threads on any questions you may have. Whether you find an answer to your question or not, feel free to ask those questions here.

Camping and gardening are both great ways to occupy yourself. I know there are great camping opportunities where you live now.

Keep us updated on your progress, and after you have completed the first seven days as a member, please share pictures, cause we love them.

Female Posts : 3141
Join date : 2010-06-10
Age : 70
Location : Coastal Oregon, Zone 9a, Heat Zone 2 :(

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Now that I'm retired....

Post  sfg4uKim on 1/25/2012, 7:04 pm

Hi Judy:

to the Forum.

I know you're in the Mid-Atlantic and YOU know you're in the Mid-Atlantic, but we use the National Gardening Association regions, and they assure us you're not.

If you are in the Western Appalachian Region, then you are considered to be in the Upper South Region.

If you are east of Richmond, then you are considered to be in the Middle South Region.



I have seen women looking at jewelry ads with a misty eye and one hand resting on the heart, and I only know what they're feeling because that's how I read the seed catalogs in January - Barbara Kingsolver - Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

FB: Square Foot Gardening 4 U


Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 1912
Join date : 2010-09-30
Age : 58
Location : Glen Burnie, MD

View user profile http://sfg4u.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Now that I'm retired....

Post  obrdrln on 1/25/2012, 7:13 pm

And if I'm south of Richmond, what does that make me--ha, ha!! Thanks for that info.

And yes, Fur, MM is gonna make this SO much easier. I think it was the digging and turning of dirt (and I use the term loosely) that put me off before. I didn't have anything even close to


My Mantra will be "think small..think small" I have a tendency to become grandiouse(sp) and think I can do-it-all!!

Female Posts : 66
Join date : 2012-01-25
Age : 71
Location : South Chesterfield, VA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Now that I'm retired....

Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 1/25/2012, 8:50 pm

Judy, Glad to see your post, my daughter-in-law is from Virginia near Old Williamsburg. She and my son came to live in Washington State. We are delighted, and my grandkids are avid harvesters when visiting my garden. Whether Virginia or Washington, gardening is a wonderful retirement activity....it tastes SO GOOD! I'm a bit envious of your ability to grow old favorites (from a former life in Texas) of mine: okra, melons, and peaches. Will be looking for your posts. Nonna, St. Helens, OR


Female Posts : 1437
Join date : 2011-02-07
Location : In hills west of St. Helens, OR

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Now that I'm retired....

Post  plantoid on 1/26/2012, 6:28 pm

Hello Judy ,
Welcome to the fold .
I too practiced the old Square foot way ( of sorts ) but on getting Mel's new book I have changed a few things.
I've been lucky to have been able to set up relatively quickly with 20 beds 36 x 36 inches and 36 inches high built in red engineering bricks on proper concrete foundations.

Retired .. ha Ha .. you'll wonder how ever you found time for that thing called work and a Just Over Broke .

Male Posts : 3672
Join date : 2011-11-09
Age : 66

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Now that I'm retired....

Post  dixie on 1/26/2012, 8:10 pm

Welcome to the forum! I retired last February & have had a blast with SFG. Glad you joined us.

Female Posts : 754
Join date : 2010-03-02
Age : 68
Location : Southeast Tennessee

View user profile http://www.zibbet.com/dixiedazzletoo

Back to top Go down

Re: Now that I'm retired....

Post  RoOsTeR on 1/26/2012, 9:24 pm

Welcome Judy and congrats on your retirement cheers
We have some great folks here with lot's of great Sfg experience, so don't be shy!


I am my gardens worst enemy.

Forum Administrator

Male Posts : 4129
Join date : 2011-10-04
Location : Colorado Front Range

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Now that I'm retired....

Post  Sponsored content

Sponsored content

Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum