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Post  KelliK 5/1/2012, 2:16 pm

By a couple long time gardeners, "You can't grow watermelons on a trelis! That's crazy!" , "You are going to put ALL THAT in your garden!" ,"No way you are going to grow anything but weeds the first year!" , "You are going to pay for WORMS and make a feeding tube for them!"



I'll show them. And then I will offer them any leftover compost I have (becuase I am nice like that).

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Post  cheyannarach 5/1/2012, 3:08 pm

Haha I love it! Sounds like my father in law! Go get em!
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Post  kbb964 5/1/2012, 3:09 pm

and when you show them the fruits of your easy labor you can make them eat Mel's Mix !

He who laughs last, laughs loudest!
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Post  madnicmom 5/1/2012, 3:21 pm

Let us know their face expression when they see it and believe it!
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Post  Squat_Johnson 5/1/2012, 3:37 pm

In years past, I borrowed a tiller from my uncle (who has been gardening 25 years longer than I). He has an adjacent property, so he has seen my 4 yrs of SFG progress, and knows something is up... This year he came over with questions, pad of paper, and pencil. He took notes and I gave him a copy of the All New SF Garden book. Another convert!
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Post  KelliK 5/1/2012, 4:16 pm

I appreciate the encouragement.
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Post  sfg4uKim 5/1/2012, 4:19 pm

I can't wait until your followup post when they apologize to you. Very Happy

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Post  Chopper 5/1/2012, 5:11 pm

Well, when you have more cukes/tomatoes/peppers or whatever than you can stand, you know who to give them to. Very Happy
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Post  plantoid 5/1/2012, 8:45 pm

kbb964 wrote:and when you show them the fruits of your easy labor you can make them eat Mel's Mix !

He who laughs last, laughs loudest! ....... because they didn't get the joke in the first place ???? Wink

Kellik scratch a tiny bit of fish, blood and bone meal in each square as a dressing and setting up boost a week or more before planting /sowing and water it in well if this is your first ANSFG bed . It's just to cover all the bases in the event of any purchased ingredients not being the quality materials they purport to be


I've said this for your beds develop in quality over a few years once you get making your own composted manures to Mel's formula . Plus I'd not like to see them have a giggle at your expense if things were not 100% ideal for growing in.
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Post  squaredeal 5/1/2012, 10:51 pm

I find that serious gardeners do not laugh at "gardening in boxes". I'm harvesting while others haven't even started planting.
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Post  Chopper 5/1/2012, 11:57 pm

plantoid wrote:

Kellik scratch a tiny bit of fish, blood and bone meal in each square as a dressing and setting up boost a week or more before planting /sowing and water it in well if this is your first ANSFG bed . It's just to cover all the bases in the event of any purchased ingredients not being the quality materials they purport to be

That is not a bad idea. Especially when all of your compost is store bought. Acts as a multivitamin to fill in any gaps you might have.
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Post  CharlesB 5/2/2012, 9:45 am

Go get em KelliK, you can do it.
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Post  llama momma 5/2/2012, 10:04 am

It's fun to share email pictures with your out of town supporters and disbelievers too!
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Post  givvmistamps 5/2/2012, 10:58 am

Just look at all these people who are ready to help you prove them wrong! Very Happy
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Post  Kelejan 5/2/2012, 2:23 pm

It happened to me with my neighbour. My first purchases were four different kinds of lettuce transplants. They kept me going all summer, just picking the outside leaves and made me a convert to this type of gardening.

You show them,Kellik, just take the advice you have been given. Please let us know how you progress.Very Happy
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Post  Chopper 5/2/2012, 3:03 pm

I just got an email from a friend in PA who sees the garden on my blog and is having second thoughts about restarting her row garden. I am going to direct her to the book and the forum. Seeing is believing. Last laugh baby!
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Post  subsonic 5/2/2012, 8:00 pm

when ever some one laughs at me I invite them over
this time of year when they see my tomatoes re flowering, my Zucchini has fruit already, my tomatillos are loaded with fruit, I have a refrigerator full of carrots, my lettuce and cabbage are going strong and I have 8 square feet of garlic 2 feet tall, my corn is recognizable as corn and my herbs are already being cut, they tend to ask me what I use for fertilizer and start asking for advice.
I tell them my fertilizer is mulch and rabbit droppings and there is a very good book on SFG out there they tend to freak as I tell them how simple it all is.
I just gor the new ANSFG book and will be doing raised beds next year, mine is the old style I have been doing for 20 some years. But I tell them I do not till, I use bark and leaves as top cover and can dig down 12 inches with a shovel barely using a foot on it and they rethink the entire rowed garden thing.
I let them know the secret is keeping a very aggressive mulch program and having the love of gardening, as we sit on a bench drinking a bottle of wine looking over the garden, watching the bees humm all over the place and relax they suddenly see that this way is so much easier.
WEED? whats that I collect my neighbors leaves so I do not have to do such,
WATER? oh no, see those bubbler heads, I use a timer for that
TILL? ground never gets hard if you top dress to keep the sun from pounding it.
SQUEEZE BETWEEN ROWS? You kidding, I have 3 feet between beds

Yea, row gardeners are funny working like that aren't they? Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz

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Post  Fantasma 5/3/2012, 12:50 am

subsonic wrote:I tell them my fertilizer is mulch and rabbit droppings
Hmm...I just got a new bunny and have bunny poop coming out my ears. Do you have any advice on how to start using it in my SFG?
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Post  givvmistamps 5/3/2012, 12:57 am

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subsonic wrote:I tell them my fertilizer is mulch and rabbit droppings
Hmm...I just got a new bunny and have bunny poop coming out my ears. Do you have any advice on how to start using it in my SFG?

Is your bunny poo mixed with bedding? If so, it will need to be composted first. If not, several people have said it can go straight into the garden. My best friend from high school's dad told me that potatoes grown in straight bunny poo, nothing else, were the best he'd ever tasted.
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Post  Fantasma 5/3/2012, 1:01 am

I definitely have some that's mixed with paper fiber bedding and some with Timothy hay. But I can easily collect just the droppings using a screen.
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Post  givvmistamps 5/3/2012, 1:04 am

You might do both, use some poo on the garden now, compost the rest with your other garden and kitchen waste.
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Post  Fantasma 5/3/2012, 1:11 am

Thanks for the advice. I'll be nagging my roommate to help me reestablish/rebuild the compost bin we made about 10 years ago and later abandoned. Time to put that bunny poop to good use!
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Post  KelliK 5/4/2012, 11:36 am

plantoid wrote:
kbb964 wrote:and when you show them the fruits of your easy labor you can make them eat Mel's Mix !

He who laughs last, laughs loudest! ....... because they didn't get the joke in the first place ???? Wink

Kellik scratch a tiny bit of fish, blood and bone meal in each square as a dressing and setting up boost a week or more before planting /sowing and water it in well if this is your first ANSFG bed . It's just to cover all the bases in the event of any purchased ingredients not being the quality materials they purport to be


I've said this for your beds develop in quality over a few years once you get making your own composted manures to Mel's formula . Plus I'd not like to see them have a giggle at your expense if things were not 100% ideal for growing in.



Is the fish, blood and bone meal available together or separately? More than just showing off, I would like to have a really great garden to feed my family.

Thanks for taking the time to give me a tip.

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Post  KelliK 5/4/2012, 11:39 am

givvmistamps wrote:Just look at all these people who are ready to help you prove them wrong! Very Happy



I know, I am really enjoying this forum. I promise to post pictures this weekend.

Some of the nay sayers will be helping me this weekend. I figure if I ask them to help out, they can take SOME of the credit too. LOL.
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Post  Daniel9999 5/4/2012, 12:00 pm

People often laugh at what they don't understand.
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