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Post  Tril on 4/30/2011, 11:14 am

Wow... excited to have found this forum today! I'm a brand new SFG gardener. Not new to gardening, just this method. This is my first spring in our home (moved in too late last year to do any gardening with everything else we had to do). I spent the winter reading (ok, drooling) over my ANSFG book. I have my seeds. I have one SFG kit ready to assemble. I have located vermiculite and peat. I'm still on my quest for a variety of compost. I know where my SFG will be located. Life is good.

Only question I haven't found an answer for... what's best time to plant?? I live in the Augusta area. Any suggestions?

Oh... and yes, I will probably do at least one more garden. It's just the two of us now. Trying to keep things SIMPLE.

TIA,

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Re: New SFG gardener in Maine

Post  camprn on 4/30/2011, 12:08 pm

Greetings fellow New Englander! to the SFG Forum! Congrats on your new home and garden. It is time to plant! early stuff like peas and spinach and beets and chard and radishes. Here is a good link for planting info
Old Farmer's Almanac planting times <~~~Click

Here is another from your neighbor! Johnny's Seed starting dates

There is a ton of info on the forum and the search feature is helpful. If you have questions do not hesitate to ask.
Cheers! Very Happy
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Re: New SFG gardener in Maine

Post  Tril on 4/30/2011, 3:07 pm

Thanks... I just put my zip code into the search and it said this:

50% probability of frost free after May 8

The only April dates for seed in the ground are things I don't plan to grow. So at least I'm not behind. YET.

TY for the link. I've saved it!

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Re: New SFG gardener in Maine

Post  cachecrashers4 on 4/30/2011, 3:14 pm

Welcome! I am just to the east of you in Warren and I planted my first box with cold crop transplants last night. cheers Here's hoping for great weather.
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Post  sfg4uKim on 4/30/2011, 3:49 pm

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Re: New SFG gardener in Maine

Post  Tril on 4/30/2011, 5:22 pm

Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone!
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Re: New SFG gardener in Maine

Post  Furbalsmom on 5/1/2011, 10:53 am

Tril

Glad to have you join us. This is a great bunch of people who try to be helpful. I hope you will enjoy being with us.

It is good to feel you are not behind Very Happy

Once you get your Mel's Mix in, you are ready to go. Keep us posted on your progress and please share pictures, we love them.

Again, Welcome!
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Re: New SFG gardener in Maine

Post  quiltbea on 5/1/2011, 11:28 am

Welcome Tril,
I'm in Raymond in Zone 5a and our last frost free date is around May 15th. That doesn't mean we won't get a frosty nite, so whatever you plant, be sure to have some old towels and sheets handy to cover your seedlings when 32* or lower is expected.

I've got broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower seedlings planted in my beds. I also have sown seeds for carrots, lettuce, radishes, spinach, turnip, parsnip, and even Swiss chard and sugar snap peas. If I expect a cold nite, I just cover those I think will need it.

When to plant depends on what you plan to put in your garden bed. Cold-resistant crops like those I mentioned above, are OK to go in now because you want them to mature before hot weather arrives. Warm-weather crops like eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, beans, and melons shouldn't go in until after your last frost date.

Good luck and if you have questions, just ask.
I hope you can post pictures as you get on. We all love to see pictures.

Here's a few broccoli and cabbage the morning of April 22nd that did just fine under cover after we had a below-freezing nite.

I hope to see pics of your Maine garden soon. Good luck.
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