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Post  1airdoc on 4/25/2012, 4:38 pm

I decided to share my first garden photos. I built my first SFG last year (4x12), but we had a lot of rain, so I didn't really get it going until well into May. Thanks to this forum, I've learned a lot since then. My MM needed some work after originally using poor-quality, purchased compost, but this year it is coming along better after my amendments. Also, I made a hoop house for tulle to cover 3 of the 4 rows, leaving the rear row of squares open for my trellises. Here's a photo I made last week of this year's version of that original SFG showing the new tulle cover:

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Forgive all the ugly cardboard around the beds. I have put it down to control the grass, and plan to mulch over it soon, once the grass is dead. Below is a photo of the back side of that same bed, showing my trellises. I have cattle panels on 2 of the 3 trellises, having replaced the worn-out nylon net trellis. I'll put a 3rd cattle panel in the middle once I get the summer vine crops planted. The peas have got a good start, and this week they've begun to put on lots of blooms:

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Here's a peek inside the tulle. You can see lettuces, spinach, leeks, carrots, chard, beets, broccoli, cilantro, sage:

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This year, I built several new gardens and used my own homegrown compost as well as better variety of quality composts for the MM. I built a 4X8 bed adjacent to my original SFG. I plan to grow squash, zucchini, and sweet potatoes in it. I have one squash trellis up, and another ready to put up once it is needed:

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I also built two 8x2 beds on either side of a nasty guy wire (to keep me from running into the wire with my mower). In the downhill bed, I am planting about 12 varieties of tomatoes, trying out the string trellis technique this year. Although I took this photo a week ago, the plants are already much larger today! Guess that MM really is better this year! The uphill bed has herbs in it now, and I plan to plant bush beans and blackeye peas in the rest of the bed once it warms up more:

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On the opposite end, I built a 4x4 strawberry bed. I have about 2/3 in everbearing plants and 1/3 in June-bearing. Some of my everbearing plants are bare root, so you don't see them peeking out of the straw mulch yet:

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Post  camprn on 4/25/2012, 4:53 pm

Lookin' GREAT Doc! First Photos 311672

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Post  givvmistamps on 4/25/2012, 7:26 pm

First Photos 3170584802 Nice garden. I look forward to seeing updates!
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Post  RoOsTeR on 4/25/2012, 7:29 pm

WoW airdoc First Photos 3170584802 Your garden is impressive Very Happy
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Post  kittykat on 4/25/2012, 8:41 pm

Wowzers! Look at you gro!! Looks great!!

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Post  FamilyGardening on 4/25/2012, 10:15 pm

thanks for sharing!!

your cheers garden looks great!!

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Post  quiltbea on 4/25/2012, 10:56 pm

You're doing a terrific job with your garden.
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Post  rod champion on 4/25/2012, 11:04 pm

More than nice... I love your hoops house..

My wife talked me into 50.. yes 50 strawberry plants this year.

You really have a nice garden
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Post  1airdoc on 4/26/2012, 3:02 pm

Rod - with a 4x4 square, planting 4 plants/square, you get 64 strawberry plants! Go for it!
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Post  squaredeal on 4/26/2012, 3:53 pm

Are you using netting or fencing for your trelleses? They look good and sturdy!
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Post  1airdoc on 4/27/2012, 9:17 am

I used nylon netting last year, as described by Mel in ANSFG. At the end of the summer, however, I found the netting was falling to pieces. This year, I replaced the netting with cattle panels, and I am very pleased with the improvement. I expect that they will last as long as I want to garden!
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Post  rod champion on 4/30/2012, 10:55 am

@1airdoc wrote:Rod - with a 4x4 square, planting 4 plants/square, you get 64 strawberry plants! Go for it!

They are in the ground .. oh my
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