Square Foot Gardening?

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  • Tue, May 29, 2012 - 02:11pm

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    Tom Page

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    carrot germination

Nice garden Simon.  I get away with cramming a lot more veggies into my beds, to get enough production to meet our family’s need.

Why is it I’m having such a hard time with carrots germinating this spring?  Only 20% at best.  I used Nelson and Napoli, pelleted, fresh from Johnnys Seeds this year, planted at least a month ago before it got too warm in Maine.  Spinich, lettuce, beets, peas etc all came up in same beds.  T

 

  • Tue, May 29, 2012 - 02:38pm

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    Dogs_In_A_Pile

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    Who knew it was also an art?

Pictures of our SFG and backyard garden courtesy of Cat’s artistic eye.  Most of what you see can either be eaten or is a pollinator that directly supports that which is eaten.  Except the cat. 

Don’t eat the cat – Cat would be upset.  Which means I would be upset too. 

Link to Cat’s Flickr photostream when the SFG pics are:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/7294306176/in/photostream

(Cross posted into Agriculture/Permaculture thread)

 

 

  • Thu, May 31, 2012 - 04:21am

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    Wendy S. Delmater

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    hey Dogs, gorgeous garden

Your wife is quite a photograhpher.

I went and added flowers to the veggies this year, ’cause you folks inspired me.

  • Thu, May 31, 2012 - 05:18am

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    Full Moon

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    wheat

  So  if hyper-inflation comes about soon  and I can grind wheat and  bake a  good $3000 loaf of bread will I be able to pay my  house off  quick like ?        sell a $200 tomato ??

    Just trying  to figure out  how I am going to make my garden pay  🙂

 

 FM

  • Thu, May 31, 2012 - 12:03pm

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    Dogs_In_A_Pile

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    Radiator Charlie and his “Mortgage Lifter” tomato….

Full Moon wrote:

  So  if hyper-inflation comes about soon  and I can grind wheat and  bake a  good $3000 loaf of bread will I be able to pay my  house off  quick like ?        sell a $200 tomato ??

    Just trying  to figure out  how I am going to make my garden pay  🙂

 

 FM

It worked out nicely for Radiator Charlie….

http://www.tomatogeek.com/2010/08/04/mortgage-lifter-tomato-story/

We have 6 planted in our SFG boxes, 4 feet tall right now and you can hear them growing if you listen closely.  Still shaking my head over the possibility of a 4 pound tomato…..

  • Thu, May 31, 2012 - 01:01pm

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    robie robinson

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    Tomatos!!!!

Yawl have gotta try Pantano Romanesco and Thesaloniki and Coustralee. Been gardening all my life and they’re well…..

Safewrite, I too gotta a bug the weekend you were by.

Dogs,  is it curculio? (shoulda used past tense as our peaches are…)

 

Robie

  • Thu, May 31, 2012 - 01:16pm

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    Full Moon

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    Thanks Dogs

   The grandson  just told me that  this man was able to pay off his mortgage in the first  year .  He said right time and right product .   We may have hope yet if we can keep the Govt.  out of the back yard .

 FM 

  • Thu, May 31, 2012 - 01:46pm

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    Dogs_In_A_Pile

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    Thanks Robie….

robie robinson wrote:

Yawl have gotta try Pantano Romanesco and Thesaloniki and Coustralee. Been gardening all my life and they’re well…..

Dogs,  is it curculio? (shoulda used past tense as our peaches are…)

 

Robie

I’ve added those to the list for next year.  Do they hold up well in July/August?  We had some problems two years ago with splitting when we watered too much, too fast after a dry spell (defined as July and August).

I think it was curculio – I stripped every single fruit off the tree that looked like it even had the remotest chance of a spot or a dark cut in the skin.  Still have a good 30-35 fruit still on the tree so I should be able to concoct my white habanero-ghost pepper-peach salsa this year.  I did cut into some of the fruit and couldn’t find any larva.  Hoping for a couple of good hard freezes this coming winter to kill those buggers off some.

The plum dropped every single leaf – they turned yellow, withered and fell off in about a week.  There is nice healthy looking new green growth pushing out again and enough new leaves that the tree should be able to capture enough sun for photosynthesis, but I still don’t know what happened.  The only thing I could think of is I drove a food spike at the drip line that may have shocked the tree somehow??  Guardedly optimistic and fingers crossed. 

Pleasantly surprised to find our two dwarf Brown Turkey figs are loaded with figs.  And after transplanting my currants for about the 80th time, both the white and blackcurrant are loaded with fruit and new canes.  Speaking of canes, the Apache thornless blackberry we picked up at the Lowesville seminar a few years back has pushed out 11 primocanes (and counting)!!  I have four floricanes that are about 6 feet long with 8-12 branches on each cane that will probably give us about 8 quarts of blackberries this year.  Next year the birds will eat well.

  • Wed, Jun 06, 2012 - 03:53pm

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    Wendy S. Delmater

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    learning from the previous generation

I had the privilege of visiting my octagenerian father-in-law  last month. Charles is an avid gardener and has 1-ft deep raised beds in a large area of his back yard, and fruit trees.

Here are a few of the things I learned on that visit.

He’s s seed saver, and keeps his seeds in glass jars with a dessicant packet in it, with the names of the seeds and the date saved on envelopes. The jars go into shoe boxes or other boxes of similar shape, and are kept in the coolest area of his home – the garage.

Every year he uses new jute string in an arangement like maypoile ribbons to train his pole beans up 10-ft pipes.

He uses fabric floating row covers to cut down on insect infestations. Near as I could tell it was some sort of light, white fabric; definitely not netting or even guaze. I guess he was using it to confuse flying insects, not crawling ones because he was just laying it on top of things.

Charles makes reusable crop identification spikes with cut PVC pipe. He slits the pipe in halves or thirds, sharpens it on one end, and writes the planting marker plant name in magc marker. Next year he just wipes it clean with nail polish remover and reuses it.

He let Jerusalem artichokes take over an entire raised bed. Says they are invasive, but give them their own box and they crowd out anything else – including weeds, and that’s a good thing. They were WAY in the back since they get quite tall.

Like me, he started with six-inch deep beds, but then he got enough compost to raise them to 8 inches, and then 12 inches. With foot-deep beds he had to raise the walkways between them. To raise the walkways, he just used plain dirt and walking on it plus not watering it keeps it clear of weeds.

His idea of trickle watering is to turn the hose barely on and set it at the base of each plant, one after the other. 

And he always wears a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and a hat when gardening. And gloves.

  • Fri, Jun 08, 2012 - 01:29pm

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    Wendy S. Delmater

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    a very nice article on SFG

This is an incredible accessible site for the new and experienced gardener.

http://www.agardenforthehouse.com/2012/05/creating-a-raised-bed-garden/

Because plants can be grown very close to each other in a raised bed, even a tiny yard can support a lavish edible garden. The four 6-by-4 foot beds in my small herb garden, pictured here, produce copious quantities of parsley, thyme, and other aromatics. I pick these herbs at the peak of their perfection, then freeze them for winter use. A raised bed vegetable garden has less weeding, less bending, and absolutely no tilling—there are really no negatives to this type of gardening. Well, none that I can think of, anyway.

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