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Engineers and SFG

8/19/2018, 9:19 pm by OhioGardener

I happened to pick up a copy of "All New Square Foot Gardening, 2nd Edition" at the used book store, and spent the weekend reading it. While reading it, it occurred to me that Mel Bartholomew's engineering background is woven throughout the works of SFG, much like my engineering background is woven into my design/implementation of our raised bed gardens.

I built and set up the raised beds years …

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SFG Journey= Yard waste

9/3/2018, 5:05 pm by has55

Question, Do you cover your vegetable food waste from the house to the compost pile each time you add to it or leave it open to air occasionally or frequently?

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The SFG journey-vermicomposting the seed bed

9/5/2018, 7:48 pm by has55

I decided to try something different with my fall garden since I'm starting early under the greenhouse shade cloth. If it doesn't bring good results, I still have time to reseed. I'm filling the seed holes with vermicompost from my vermicomposting buckets that I have embedded within the garden beds. I would like to see how well the seedling come out and the effects on plant growth, if any.


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Pulling plants vs Cutting off at soil level

9/4/2018, 8:45 am by OhioGardener

This has probably been discussed before, but I couldn't find a thread with the search.   I see a lot of posts about pulling plants out of the beds for end-of-season clean-up, but very few posts about cutting off the old plants during the cleanup. Wondering how most gardeners handle this.

I never pull plants out of the gardens unless they are diseased, with the exception of Marigold plants …

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Tomato Tuesday 2018

4/21/2018, 1:05 pm by Turan

I just noticed we have not started this years thread.  I have been sitting in Yolo's garden dreaming of tomatoes and I did start some seeds on 4/13.  Today I noticed they have true leaves and roots poking out of the soil blocks so I up potted.  They could wait, but this coming week is busy and I would rather err on the side of lots of room to grow.  And today being Tuesday....  or not, but …

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Volunteer Plants

8/26/2018, 2:59 pm by OhioGardener

I love when volunteer plants surprise me with an unexpected vegetables or flowers. These beautiful blue Royal Carpet Alyssum came up on the edge of the raised bed from volunteer seeds that apparently birds had spread last fall.  The are not only quite beautiful, but they attract beneficial insects such as the Aphid Wasp.  I love the way they hang over the side of the bed, too.


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Galvanized Fire Ring for Rhubarb Raised Beds?

8/20/2018, 9:22 am by OhioGardener

We have lost a lot of our Rhubarb this year due to the crowns rotting from continuous rain all summer long. So, I'm thinking of making a few small raised beds to put the rhubarb in. I have found some 36"x1' galvanized fire rings on sale for $25, and it seems they would be perfect. The 3' diameter would give the rhubarb room to spread out, and the 1' height would keep the crown out of the wet …

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My experiences with commercial cedar raised beds

2/24/2017, 1:19 pm by Judy McConnell

My original boxes were home-made, using pine boards, etc. They have lasted almost 10 years with some rotting out.

To replace the rotten ones, I decided to try commercial beds a couple of years ago - not certain that I will do this again - even if they were on sale at the end of the season, because:
1) the end pieces (that hold the side boards) split over time and the side boards must be staked …

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Squash Bees loving the Crookneck Squash

8/7/2018, 10:44 am by OhioGardener

I don't think there is any doubt the summer squash will be pollinated.  The Squash Bees are very busy on the blooms.

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