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Post  LilBittyBean on 8/8/2019, 8:20 am

Good morning and hello! Been a fan of Mel's since applying his methods in my garden in San Diego. When I moved back home to New Orleans, I wished I could pick up that garden and take it with me!  Well, it's been 5 years since the move and I have finally decided to plant my SFG! 

So glad to have found this forum!   happy hi
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 8/8/2019, 8:37 am

Howdy LilBittyBean. Welcome from Atlanta, GA!

So what kind of things will you be planting?
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Post  LilBittyBean on 8/8/2019, 8:47 am

@AtlantaMarie wrote:Howdy LilBittyBean.  Welcome from Atlanta, GA!

So what kind of things will you be planting?
Thanks for the warm welcome, AtlantaMarie! I've gotten started with carrots, head and leaf lettuces, rocket, tomatoes, bell peppers, chives, red Welsh bunching onion, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, cucumber, and plenty of herbs.


Looking to put in a few hot peppers (tabasco and jalapeno), a zucchini, eggplant, chard, and some bush beans.
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Post  countrynaturals on 8/8/2019, 11:39 am

welcome Lil! What in the world is your avatar?  geek

We'd love to see some pics of your SFG setup. Sounds like a great mix of summer and winter crops. Most folks can't get away with that, but when Mother Nature cooperates, in our hot zones (I'm 9b) we can get away with it.  yahoo
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Post  LilBittyBean on 8/8/2019, 12:18 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:welcome Lil! What in the world is your avatar?  geek

We'd love to see some pics of your SFG setup. Sounds like a great mix of summer and winter crops. Most folks can't get away with that, but when Mother Nature cooperates, in our hot zones (I'm 9b) we can get away with it.  yahoo
Hey there, country! Thanks for the warm welcome!

My avatar is a cookie I made and decorated! (I'm a chef/baker/food blogger.) Looking forward to replacing that avatar with a shot of my garden bounty in a month or so!

My SFG is pretty simple: 3 4x4 beds and plenty of pots. Figured I would start out small and see how things work out for me. Will share some pics when I can. It's kinda ugly right now, what with the cardboard between the beds. I am trying to decide what to put down -- flagstones, stepping stones, maybe pea gravel. I should make a decision soon.

I'm in 9b, too! It's HOT, ain't it? About to get a couple showers here soon to make the garden happy.


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Post  countrynaturals on 8/8/2019, 1:02 pm

@LilBittyBean wrote:
@countrynaturals wrote:welcome Lil! What in the world is your avatar?  geek

We'd love to see some pics of your SFG setup. Sounds like a great mix of summer and winter crops. Most folks can't get away with that, but when Mother Nature cooperates, in our hot zones (I'm 9b) we can get away with it.  yahoo
Hey there, country! Thanks for the warm welcome!

My avatar is a cookie I made and decorated! (I'm a chef/baker/food blogger.) Looking forward to replacing that avatar with a shot of my garden bounty in a month or so!

LOLROFL! I guessed just about everything but that. silly me

My SFG is pretty simple: 3 4x4 beds and plenty of pots. Figured I would start out small and see how things work out for me. Will share some pics when I can. It's kinda ugly right now, what with the cardboard between the beds. I am trying to decide what to put down -- flagstones, stepping stones, maybe pea gravel. I should make a decision soon.

We love before & after shots, so please take some "ugly" pics, even if you don't post them until you have some pretty ones to go with them.

I'm in 9b, too! It's HOT, ain't it? About to get a couple showers here soon to make the garden happy.

Yup, same here, but we're actually having a very mild summer, compared to last year. affraid  
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Post  LilBittyBean on 8/8/2019, 2:11 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:
LOLROFL! I guessed just about everything but that. wrote:
We love before & after shots, so please take some "ugly" pics, even if you don't post them until you have some pretty ones to go with them.

Yup, same here, but we're actually having a very mild summer, compared to last year. affraid  
I do have some ugly shots already for pesonal record-keeping, so I will do what you suggest and post before & after when things get rockin'.

I see you are in Redding. Last year was the awful drought and the Carr Fire, right?  I miss California in many ways, but I don't miss those wildfires one bit.
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Post  countrynaturals on 8/8/2019, 3:58 pm

@LilBittyBean wrote:I see you are in Redding. Last year was the awful drought and the Carr Fire, right?  I miss California in many ways, but I don't miss those wildfires one bit.
The worst of the Carr Fire was less than a mile from us. We had the fire tornado filling the entire sky and roaring so loud we couldn't hear each other from 3' away. We ran for our lives and were blocked from coming home for 10 days, but our home was spared. affraid
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Post  LilBittyBean on 8/8/2019, 4:14 pm

I'm so glad your lives and home were spared. I remember dumping items into the pool when the Witch Fire was headed towards us in '07. We had enough time to evacuate, and our house was spared. The neighborhood right behind us was not so fortunate. Completely gut-wrenching to see the aftermath.
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Post  countrynaturals on 8/8/2019, 5:50 pm

@LilBittyBean wrote:The neighborhood right behind us was not so fortunate. Completely gut-wrenching to see the aftermath.
It was several months before I could drive by the burned areas, and it still made me cry. Sad
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Post  LilBittyBean on 8/8/2019, 6:19 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:It was several months before I could drive by the burned areas, and it still made me cry. Sad
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/8/2019, 10:13 pm

Welcome, LBB!!  Ohio here!  We are winding down,and you guys are getting a second wind!  Sooo glad you found us!  Can’t wait to hear what your plans are!  

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Post  LilBittyBean on 8/9/2019, 12:31 am

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Welcome, LBB!!  Ohio here!  We are winding down,and you guys are getting a second wind!  Sooo glad you found us!  Can’t wait to hear what your plans are!  

glad you\'re here
Hey, hey! I feel like this time of the year is the "extra special growing time" as taught to me by my dear, sweet dad.  He was and is my garden inspiration. I grew up gathering pests and pulling weeds with him and both my grandperes. I was very lucky to live next door to my maternal grandparents and a mile from my paternal ones. The family, including great uncles and great aunts, all coordinated their growing efforts. Many of them are gone now, but memories of their terrific gardening live on. Too bad I was not smart enough to save all of their seeds. I do have a few select seeds from Dad, though.
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Post  sanderson on 8/9/2019, 3:31 am

Hi LBB,  Welcome to the Forum from central California!  glad you\'re here  I just visited NOLA in May, which, as it turned out, was a perfect time.  As we were flying out of the airport, the rain and thunder started.

There's no modesty here.  You can post the "ugly" beginning photos right now and add more as you progress. Wink This is your time to start a garden as many of us are hoping for fall harvest and then put the beds to sleep.

Hubby and I toured northern CA Jan 2-4 to see the devastation of the fires, including in CN's neighborhood. http://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t22522-sanderson-s-road-trip-in-northern-sacramento-vally-california

PS  First time I had a Po' boy. The bread was soft and flaky, so I could actually enjoy eating the whole thing! Hello from New Orleans Nola_p10

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Post  LilBittyBean on 8/9/2019, 9:00 am

@sanderson wrote:Hi LBB,  Welcome to the Forum from central California!  glad you\'re here  I just visited NOLA in May, which, as it turned out, was a perfect time.  As we were flying out of the airport, the rain and thunder started.

There's no modesty here.  You can post the "ugly" beginning photos right now and add more as you progress. Wink This is your time to start a garden as many of us are hoping for fall harvest and then put the beds to sleep.

Hubby and I toured northern CA Jan 2-4 to see the devastation of the fires, including in CN's neighborhood. http://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t22522-sanderson-s-road-trip-in-northern-sacramento-vally-california

PS  First time I had a Po' boy.  The bread was soft and flaky, so I could actually enjoy eating the whole thing!  

Thank you, sanderson! Checked on my "plant babies" this morning and they are looking happy. 

I read through the thread of your visit to northern CA. Amazing how destructive and unpredictable wildfires can be. The only beautiful thing in the aftermath is the new life that springs forth from the scorched valleys. I've witnessed some awe-inspiring wildflower growth in the Laguna Mtns and Palomar Mtn areas after the Witch Creek and Cedar fires.  

Nice shot of your po' boy! Looks like you got some Leidenheimer French bread there!
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Post  sanderson on 8/9/2019, 3:22 pm

Guess where we had dinner one night! Good service and food. Hello from New Orleans Nola_b12

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Post  LilBittyBean on 8/9/2019, 5:19 pm

Hmm. Does not look familiar to me. Where is it?
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Post  sanderson on 8/11/2019, 2:40 am

Bourbon House on Bourbon Street!

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Post  Kelejan on 8/11/2019, 3:14 am

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Post  LilBittyBean on 8/11/2019, 11:04 am

@sanderson wrote:Bourbon House on Bourbon Street!

Oh, gotcha! I've never been. We eat at lots of restaurants in the French Quarter, but the only one we ever hit on Bourbon proper is Galatoire's.
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@Kelejan wrote:glad you\'re here  LLB happy hi
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Glad you found us.
Thank you, Kelejan! I've been doing a lot of reading around the forum and have already found lots of great info.  cheers
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Post  sanderson on 8/11/2019, 3:48 pm

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@sanderson wrote:. . . We eat at lots of restaurants in the French Quarter, but the only one we ever hit on Bourbon proper is Galatoire's.
I put on 2 pounds just reading the menu! Delicious.

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Post  LilBittyBean on 8/11/2019, 5:38 pm

@sanderson wrote:
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@sanderson wrote:. . . We eat at lots of restaurants in the French Quarter, but the only one we ever hit on Bourbon proper is Galatoire's.
I put on 2 pounds just reading the menu!  Delicious.
I feel like that describes pretty much every restaurant here! rofl
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Post  sanderson on 8/12/2019, 1:08 pm

So true!

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