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Tomato Tuesday - 2018 & 2019

Sat 21 Apr 2018 - 10:05 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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The end of a old garden era

Mon 20 May 2019 - 18:42 by Cajun Cappy

I usta watch Mel on pbs and dream of having my own square foot garden.  Working on a boat I couldn't garden I was away from home too much.  18 years ago my sweet Peggy came to live with me and that spring we built our first 4x4 box.  It started as an herb bed and later we planted strawberries and then it's final carnation was as our asparagus bed.  It's my avatar picture with the dew shining …

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World Square Foot Gardening Day July 21, 2019

Tue 21 May 2019 - 11:36 by sanderson

Share your SFG and you may be one of the lucky winners of $250. Rules are listed in the poster below.

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Disapearing soil?

Tue 7 May 2019 - 8:28 by Sunsanvil

We're in I think our 8th year of SFG and every spring we've added between 20-40 litres of mix to each 4x4 bed. The level always seems to drop an inch or so, despite my fluffing it up every spring (because we get a lot of snow and ice accumulation). I figure that by the time a decade is up we'll have replaced the whole thing. LOL.

Where is the soil going? Do plant really pull that much mass out …

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Does snow and ice compact the soil?

Tue 7 May 2019 - 8:20 by Sunsanvil

I know we talk about how SFGs dont need tilling because we never walk on the soil and it never compresses. But does that hold true for those of us whose gardens get 4 feet of snow and ice piled on them in the winter?

I've always fluffed mine up with a hoe at the start of each season. Anyone else have a take on it?

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Corn Growing

Wed 22 Apr 2015 - 6:00 by johnp

I will be planting a 4x4 box with corn for the first time. The book shows 4 per square with additional plantings every two weeks. Four per square seems a lot. What have you other corn growers done ?

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Root systems growing asparagus

Thu 4 Apr 2019 - 9:20 by bettyDailey

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Step 1. removed as much as possible the rhizome grass and root systems
Step 2. covered the ground with 4 layers of "Preen Max Strength Weed Control Fabric"
Step 3. built a 3’ x 3’ raised bed square foot …

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Frankenflowers (moved it to the correct spot)

Sat 20 Apr 2019 - 11:39 by ispinwool

Hypothetical question:  if y'all have a nice out of the way corner that could be used as a SFG, but there were Frankenflowers growing there every year, how would you get rid of them?

I have a spot that I've been trying to use for y.e.a.r.s. but the Frankenflowers  keep taking over.  (I honestly have no idea what they are---about 8-9' tall, heavy green stems with a head of leaves that bloom …

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Pied Robin

Wed 1 May 2019 - 8:09 by ispinwool

I just thought I'd show off my new neighbor... I'm not sure if the correct word is 'pied' or '''piebald' (like a horse) but it's a first for me.  
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