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Post  Shrimpsey on 5/27/2015, 10:38 pm

Hello everyone.  I am brand new to SFG this year and I am proud to say I have built my cedar boxes from scratch all by myself!  It was my first time every building something like this.  I have laid my weed cloth double thickness under all the beds, filled with Mel's mix, mulched around the exterior of my boxes and I am pretty much ready to grow.  I just need to finish building my trellis for my middle box, and I am also going to have one on the third box.

The first box is planted, the back 4 squares are tomatos, the next 4 squares are peppers, then I did 2 squares rainbow carrots, 2 squares finger carrots and 4 squares radishes Smile


I am trying to plan out my next 2 boxes, and how much of which plants to put in each.  Suggestions appreciated.  I have cucumbers, zucchini, table queen acorn bush squash, bush beans, spaghetti squash and I would like to grow some garlic, and also maybe lettuce, onions and potatos if I can but I am just not sure about space.  My cukes, zucchini and spaghetti squash I am planning on growing vertically.  Thank you in advance for suggestions!  Looking forward to getting to know this forum!

I will post pictures when I can, since I am new it said I have to wait 7 days
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Post  quiltbea on 5/27/2015, 10:51 pm

Welcome to the group.  You'll find that your garden will produce the best-tasting crops you can imagine.
It sounds like your first box is planned well.
Good luck.
glad you\'re here
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Post  sanderson on 5/28/2015, 12:58 am

Shrimpsy, Welcome to the Forum from California! glad you\'re here

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/28/2015, 8:06 am

Hi Shrimpsey.  Welcome from Atlanta, GA!

Congrats on building your own beds.  That's terrific!

Feel free to ask lots of questions.  And be sure to check out the archives for all SORTS of great, practical info.
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Post  trolleydriver on 5/28/2015, 8:31 am

Welcome Shrimpsey. Looking forward to following your progress with SFG.

I noticed that you want to grow zucchini. I would not grow it in my SFG boxes because it takes up too much space. Others more knowledgeable with SFG than I am may want to comment.

You could try doing a search on zucchini on this forum to get other points of view.

As well, the following website has some ideas on growing zucchini in limited space:

http://www.mysquarefootgarden.net/pruning-zucchini/
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Post  sanderson on 5/28/2015, 2:27 pm

Personal experience: I grow in individual pots or corner squares where they can fall over. The leaves can really spread out.

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Post  Shrimpsey on 5/28/2015, 10:32 pm

Thank you for the warm welcome and suggestions!!

So I planted some more of my plants and seeds today, taking suggestions into consideration.

I may regret how I did this but we will see how it goes.  For my middle box with the trellis I planted on the back row, spaghetti squash and my cucumbers.  Squash 1 per square, cucumbers 2 per square.  In the 4 squares in front of the cukes I planed my bush beans.  The 4 squares acrooss the front of the box remain vacant as well as the 2 squares in front of each of the spaghetti squash.  I may put some lettuce, onions and garlic in the squares across the front row, possible some more carrots in front of the squash.

In the third garden bed I decided to try with 2 zucchini (4 squares per plant) at the rear, and 2 acorn bush squash(4 squares per plant) in the front section.  I am going to stake as per that link trollydriver shared.

I can not wait to see everything growing!  I have my herb garden on my deck so I did not include any in my SGF.  I grow basil, sage, thyme, cilantro, parsley, rosemary and chives.  I also have a large planter with my strawberries Smile
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