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Post  volgrl on 2/23/2012, 5:00 pm

This is year 2 of a garden for me - and a total revamp from lessons learned and research after last year!!!

Any feedback would be great! Thanks!

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Post  Windsor.Parker on 2/23/2012, 6:40 pm

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Tell us about your plans and I'm sure you'll get plenty of help! This is a friendly, sharing, and extremely knowledgeable group. Have fun.
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Post  volgrl on 2/23/2012, 7:14 pm

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Post  camprn on 2/23/2012, 7:19 pm

Help! New SFG - feedback on my plan please??? 396615 to the SFG Forum!maybe you can describe what you have, how many square feet? What kind of composts did you make your Mel's mix from? I am looking forward to seeing your garden! What a Face

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Post  volgrl on 2/23/2012, 7:27 pm

OK, interesting! That would explain why I can see the pic and you apparently cannot!

I was on here yesterday getting great ideas and have totally revamped my layout from last year to provide me better access and light. There were some awesome suggestions on other posts.

I have a 4x4 raised bed and a 4x8 raised bed.

I guess I will try to post a graph next week for better planting feedback!
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Post  n2o2diver on 2/23/2012, 9:13 pm

I would try and spread out your pepper plants.
I planted mine that close together last year and they started to cross pollinate. If they are all the same kind disregard.
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Post  Chopper on 2/23/2012, 10:02 pm

Is the top of the picture really south? When I saw it I thought maybe you were in Australia. LOL. If it is, I would flip the plantings. As you remember the tomatoes are like a wall of shade and would be best put on the north side. Otherwise, looks good to me.
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Post  volgrl on 2/23/2012, 10:18 pm

Yes, South is up;) I will fix that!

I was originally concerned about light blocked from the 8 ft solid fence, but I have pulled the boxes out more & agree I should flip the tomatoes. Would it be better to put the tomato plants together?

Good point on peppers, thanks! I was planning all bell, but might do some others, so I can separate them.

Thanks so much for the help!
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Post  Windsor.Parker on 2/23/2012, 10:34 pm

volgrl,
If you're gonna grow those cukes vertically I'd also switch them to the north side of your beds.
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Post  Lindacol on 2/23/2012, 10:43 pm

Am I the only one who can't see the pictures? I just get the red x in a box.
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Post  Chopper on 2/24/2012, 12:06 am

@Lindacol wrote:Am I the only one who can't see the pictures? I just get the red x in a box.


Dunno, but I can see the picture.
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Post  jfkelly001 on 2/24/2012, 12:51 am

All I can see is the box with the red x also.Sad
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Post  Chopper on 2/24/2012, 1:15 am

Can you see this one? I copied it and saved as jpg and reposted.

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Post  jfkelly001 on 2/24/2012, 3:06 am

yes i can see this one. Thank you
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Post  shannon1 on 2/24/2012, 3:38 am

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Post  walshevak on 2/24/2012, 6:16 am

Nope, always changing something because a bed is not ready or the plant in the square I want to use is still producing too well to rip up. Or Embarassed I don't take the paper plan out with me (only gonna plant a couple of squares hehe) and plant in the wrong squares.

Today I'm changing my plan because I want to get strawberry plants into the soil and the bed I originally wanted to use has no MM in it yet. Have to wait till payday to buy the rest of the composts. I have a bed that only has 1 square planted with elephant garlic and another with 2 onions left from last year. Commandeering it for strawberries.

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Post  volgrl on 2/24/2012, 9:55 am

Thank you all for your help. I have revised the plan - fixed North on top and put my tomato plants and cukes on the trellis on the North side.

Strawberries... could I grow them somewhere? I had no luck last year with them in a pot, but my daughter loves them!

Also, carrots... how deep does the bed need to be for them?

I cannot tell you all how much help this is!!! Thanks!

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Post  quiltbea on 2/24/2012, 11:18 am

Looks like a good plan. Having the lettuce west of the eggplant is a good idea so they can benefit from the shade.

As for strawberries, there are a few solutions. Mine was to put in a long berm (raised bed without lumber) along the south side of my raised beds. This way the old plants can be pulled out when aged and newer runners can be left to reproduce in their place. Some people plant them around trees. I have 5 dwarf fruits trees aligning our driveway so I'm going to put in some extra runners around the trees to see how that works out for me.

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Above: My 16' long Strawberry bed blossoming on 6/7 last year. I got 6 qts from the thinned out beds.

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Quinalts and Sequoias picked from that bed early in the season on 6/22

You want to grow them where they won't be disturbed and you can keep getting berries from the new runners on their 2nd and 3rd years. You'll never have to buy strawberry plants again. Personally, I think having a longer bed works better so you can direct the new runners to each side to establish every year, but that's me. Remember, they don't produce well til their 2nd and 3rd years. A long SFG bed would be the best solution.
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Post  volgrl on 2/24/2012, 4:02 pm

LOL - the lettuce eggplant planning was totally an accident - but glad it should work out well!!!

Wow - so envious of your strawberries!!! Looks like I will need to research them a bit more and see how I can incorporate a long bed into my plan! Laughing

Thank you.
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Post  llama momma on 2/24/2012, 4:40 pm

Beautiful strawberries, congratulations, wow. My Dream Crop!
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Post  Luci Dawson on 2/24/2012, 4:44 pm

@quiltbea wrote:Looks like a good plan. Having the lettuce west of the eggplant is a good idea so they can benefit from the shade.

Since sun travels E > W, shouldn't the eggplant be W of the lettuce? thinking

And I'm totally drooling over your strawberries!!!
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Post  quiltbea on 2/25/2012, 11:06 am

Luci.....No, Especially in TN where it gets mighty warm fast, they want that cool crop to the west of a taller one to give it shade so it won't bolt too soon. Even then they will need to shade it with cheesecloth or shade cloth when it gets warmer.
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