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» Pull Bean Plants to Pick Beans?
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Pull Bean Plants to Pick Beans?

7/24/2020, 5:45 pm by OhioGardener

I have never heard of picking green beans this way, and wondering if anyone else does it. From the True Leaf Market page for on-line ordering of Blue Lake Bush Beans:

"Because green beans are annual, you can simply pull the root from the ground when it’s time to pick them."   (https://www.trueleafmarket.com/products/bean-bush-blue-lake-bush-274?variant=38922254792)

I have never heard …

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Almost 68, and this is a new one on me !!!!

5/24/2020, 5:07 pm by docachna

Watered my SFG through my grid - and up pops a spooky golden colored material, the consistency of salt !

I do think it's related to salt - this hose contains softened water; another hose, which I also used to water on other beds, did not result in this material.

I've been watering from that faucet for years, and NEVER saw anything like this.

Any SWAG guesses what the heck this is ?


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SFG Journey: Beneficial nematodes experiment

12/14/2018, 8:38 pm by has55

I’m going to try an experiment with my 14 vermicomposting buckets this winter. It may be the wrong time to do it, so if it fails, I will retry in the spring, but I should have some success with my 4 vermicompost buckets in the greenhouse. I have been studying how to grow my own beneficial nematodes to compost the enemies in the soil. I found these websites to be helpful though I have not tried …

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Fire Ring / Round Raised Bed Planter

7/29/2020, 11:02 am by OhioGardener

For several years I have used 3' diameter by 1' high fire rings for raised beds, and am using them for raising rhubarb plants.  Was surprised to see that in the latest Tractor Supply Co. flyer that they are now not advertised as just Fire Rings, but as "Fire Ring / Round Raised Bed Planter".  Since these fire rings are open to the bottom, they are excellent for raised bed gardens. Each 3' fire …

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Garlic SFG

6/27/2018, 8:21 am by TenderFoot

If you have experience growing garlic with SFG, please give me some planting tips/help. As an example, how many cloves do I plant per sq ft? Any help will be appreciated.

Thank you

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How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

12/2/2011, 9:33 pm by martha

If all goes according to plan, I will have 354 squares Spring 2012. As of now, I have 282.

A certain board member is giving me the tiniest of hard times because I said that with the 354, I'll have all I need.

So, before you tell me how many you have, keep in mind that this post is much closer to a confession than a brag!

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Mel's Mix. How strong is your backbone?

5/24/2011, 12:19 pm by dizzygardener

I know most of you have seen the many topics by folks who have struggling SFGs. Most of you know that more often than not it is a nutrient deficiency. Why is this? The method seems simple enough. 1/3 peat, 1/3 vermiculite, 1/3 compost. The problem often rests with the compost mix.

So, in an effort to provide the SFG family with a one-stop resource for how to put together as perfect a Mel’s …

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SFG Journey: cantaloupes

7/19/2019, 2:42 pm by has55

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Vegetable Oddities

7/19/2020, 10:26 am by OhioGardener

It is always interesting to see the oddities that show up in the vegetable garden.  This year one of the summer squash plants seems destined to produce mutants. What oddities have you seen in your garden?

Picked this one this morning:
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Two days ago this one was picked from the same plant:
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