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Post  sanderson on 3/12/2018, 3:47 am

How much can a city person grow when they have a small lot?   I started out with 4 small beds totaling 28 square feet.  Roots from trees, bushes and roses quickly came up in the Mel's Mix despite the weed fabric.  All of the beds were modified with plywood bottoms and raised off the ground a year after I started gardening.  Pretty soon there were beds where ever they could be placed in sunshine.  I also squeezed in a composting area.  There are now 133 sq. ft. of beds tucked here and there.  Two storage totes for sweet potatoes, a 1' x 50' strip of heavily amended dirt, and several 5-gallon buckets and large pots brings the "square footage" up to 200!

This is the time of the year when all of the beds are visible.  Most of the winter crops have been removed and the bridal tulle washed and put away until October.  First photo is shot from the back covered patio, in a south-east direction. Garlic is the only crop growing in this photo.

Second photo is shot from the back patio in a straight south direction.

Third photo is shot from the back patio in a SSW direction.  In the upper right is a 2' x 4' bed that I have not been able to use for 2 years because of the neighbor's trees.  The trees have been removed and I'm excited to have these 8 sq. ft. back in use.

Fourth photo is shot in the SW corner where the 3' x 3 ' 3' compost bin, Lifetime 80-gallon tumbler composter and orange tree are located.  The plants on the lawn are spent broccoli and cauliflower plants that I removed from the bed.  I'm trying to kill the invasive light colored grass in this area.  Guess one could say they are being repurposed!

Fifth photo shows the beds and trellises along the west fence.  There are 9 trellises 2' x 7-8' for melons and winter squash.

Last photo is the amended strip of dirt back on the east side.  There are also two 1' x 3' doubled trellised beds for beans and peas.  Five of the white tomato buckets are are visible.  Those scraggly hanging planters didn't work in the hot winds.  The plastic liners broke down, the coir mats shrunk and the birds have helped themselves to the coir for building nests.  

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Post  trolleydriver on 3/12/2018, 8:57 am

sanderson ... thank you for the tour of your garden. You have packed in so much and it is an inspiration to others.  In addition you have helped so many other SFGers including me.  I hereby declare you the SFG Queen.



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Post  sanderson on 3/12/2018, 1:53 pm

Thanks, TD.

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Post  countrynaturals on 3/12/2018, 2:06 pm

Migosh, S. All that and you still have room for lawn?   praise  Thanks for the reminder about bird nests. It's time to replenish the basket of yarn scraps we hang on the fence every spring.
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Post  sanderson on 3/12/2018, 2:52 pm

I will leave some baskets with secured coir mat. Must remember our feathered friends. Very Happy The lawn has a micro cooling effect during the summer.

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Post  sanderson on 3/12/2018, 2:58 pm

Over the last 5 years of SFG, I have lost sunshine as the south neighbor's trees grew taller and taller. Now I have sun! sunny
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One down
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Post  trolleydriver on 3/12/2018, 3:17 pm

Perfect. Your Canada Crook Necks should do well with all of that sunshine pouring in.

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Post  sanderson on 3/12/2018, 3:31 pm

Hummm. I was thinking the melons could go there since the cucumbers have been doing good in the bed to the left with the PVC trellis. Move the winter squash to the melon bed. Plant xx in the winter squash bed. . . thinking

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Post  yolos on 3/12/2018, 9:22 pm

I know you are glad to see those trees taken down.  Much more sunlight to come but will it be too hot without the shade.  You have managed to fit a lot of growing space in a small area.  I agree with TD, SFG Queen and number one helper to all of us.
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Post  sanderson on 3/12/2018, 9:37 pm

Yes, it will be hot, especially the heat after the Summer Solstice. July, August and even September are deadly. I will be adding some more sun shade, maybe only 50%. Maybe in a hop scotch pattern so the grass will live. Stay tune. . . Wink

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Post  farmersgranddaughter on 3/12/2018, 9:59 pm

Wow!  How many years have you been working on your garden?  It's very well organized.  Thanks so much for sharing photos!
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Post  sanderson on 3/13/2018, 12:09 am

Thank, FGD. Five years to the month.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/13/2018, 6:36 am

What a huge difference those trees made... Happy for you!
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Post  Turan on 3/13/2018, 8:30 pm

200 sqft? WOW. It is amazing how much you manage to grow in your space.

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Post  trolleydriver on 3/13/2018, 8:42 pm

@Turan wrote:200 sqft? WOW.  It is amazing how much you manage to grow in your space.  
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Post  liam1027 on 3/16/2018, 9:13 am

Wow what a great set up. Thanks for sharing!

I ripped up a number of bushes, including rose, to make space for my new beds. I intended to put hardware mesh on the bottom as well as fabric, but now I'm rethinking that. Will that be enough or should I put 1/4" plywood?
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Post  camprn on 3/16/2018, 10:21 am

Looking great!
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Post  has55 on 3/16/2018, 1:10 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:
@Turan wrote:200 sqft? WOW.  It is amazing how much you manage to grow in your space.  
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Post  PNG_Grandma on 3/16/2018, 2:38 pm

Thanks for sharing your garden space! Five years - where has the time gone?! Looking so good down the road from us!
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Post  sanderson on 3/16/2018, 2:59 pm

@liam1027 wrote:Wow what a great set up. Thanks for sharing!

I ripped up a number of bushes, including rose, to make space for my new beds. I intended to put hardware mesh on the bottom as well as fabric, but now I'm rethinking that. Will that be enough or should I put 1/4" plywood?
Are you thinking that roots from nearby roses and bushes will come up underneath the beds? In that case, the only way to prevent it is a plywood bottom and elevation off the ground to create an airspace. Sad

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Post  sanderson on 3/16/2018, 3:01 pm

PNG Grandma and Camprn, Good to see you two! happy hi

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Post  PNG_Grandma on 3/16/2018, 3:15 pm

Hey there - Hi back to you both!! It's been too long, but so nice to see all of the "old" friends again here in the posts!

I just posted an update to our Apollo Garden
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I miss being out in the garden but the older I get (just turned 70) the more my allergies keep me indoors. The warm weather last month made too many things bloom way too soon, now the winds are causing the pollen to fly everywhere! Even Al has some issues with the same thing this year. I know, we could wear masks, but we don't.

There are windows on all sides of our house so being indoors isn't all that bad. 
Time to start some seeds - I think I caught that wonderful gardening "bug" again seeing all your beautiful pics of your garden! 
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Post  sanderson on 3/16/2018, 3:19 pm

It's good to hear from old friends.  I still use your monthly planting guides.  (I take it with a grain of salt for planting any "cool weather" plants.) Wink

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Love the function over form

Post  crankyoldman on 3/16/2018, 3:37 pm

My wife would hate your garden, she would say everything is not neat, tidy and matching. Myself, I love what I see, functional gardens. Many people who garden do not understand that a cabbage or cauliflower cares not about how its home appears and tastes great even if the garden bed will not win a Home Beautiful prize.

You have a great garden!
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Post  sanderson on 3/16/2018, 4:09 pm

Cranky, it is quite a mish-mash as it was built up one box at a time. I call it the "winter uglies" at this time of the year. Come early fall, there is so much plant life that I have a hard time moving around.

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