Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]
Putting in grids Toplef10Putting in grids 1zd3ho10

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.

Putting in grids I22gcj10Putting in grids 14dhcg10

[/td][/tr][/table]

Join the forum, it's quick and easy

Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]
Putting in grids Toplef10Putting in grids 1zd3ho10

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.

Putting in grids I22gcj10Putting in grids 14dhcg10

[/td][/tr][/table]
Square Foot Gardening Forum
Would you like to react to this message? Create an account in a few clicks or log in to continue.
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Tomatoes not having growth
by SMEDLEY BUTLER Yesterday at 11:28 pm

» Birds of the Garden
by SMEDLEY BUTLER Yesterday at 9:54 pm

» N & C Midwest—May 2024
by OhioGardener Yesterday at 8:57 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 5:35 pm

» Anyone know about growing plumeria ?
by SMEDLEY BUTLER Yesterday at 2:46 pm

» Spring Flowers
by SMEDLEY BUTLER Yesterday at 10:47 am

» What Have You Picked From Your Garden Today
by SMEDLEY BUTLER Yesterday at 12:35 am

» Dealing with Critters in Garden
by SMEDLEY BUTLER 5/24/2024, 12:15 am

» Can I sew row cover material?
by ktomchik 5/23/2024, 9:49 pm

» Sacrificial Tomatoes
by SMEDLEY BUTLER 5/23/2024, 8:15 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by MrBooker 5/21/2024, 6:41 pm

» What do I do with tomato plants?
by OhioGardener 5/20/2024, 9:34 am

» Ohio Gardener's Greenhouse
by OhioGardener 5/18/2024, 7:02 pm

» Compost not hot
by OhioGardener 5/17/2024, 8:05 am

» First timer in Central Virginia (7b) - newly built beds 2024
by flossy21 5/16/2024, 5:34 pm

» Help me correct my mistakes for next year please
by SMEDLEY BUTLER 5/16/2024, 4:46 pm

» Cabbage worms
by sanderson 5/16/2024, 1:34 am

» Complicated mixed up bunny poop!
by plantoid 5/14/2024, 7:20 pm

» They don't call 'em garden BEDS for nothing.
by sanderson 5/12/2024, 2:34 am

» Greetings from Southport NC
by sanderson 5/6/2024, 4:36 am

» In the news: Biosolids in Texas.
by sanderson 5/6/2024, 4:19 am

» Rhubarb Rhubarb
by Scorpio Rising 5/5/2024, 7:57 pm

» Mark's first SFG
by markqz 5/4/2024, 12:08 am

» question about the digital tools from the sfg site.
by OhioGardener 5/2/2024, 4:50 pm

» Assistance Needed: Sugar Snap Peas Yellowing and Wilting
by Scorpio Rising 5/1/2024, 8:24 pm

» OMG, GMO from an unexpected place.
by sanderson 5/1/2024, 1:57 am

» N & C Midwest: March and April 2024
by Scorpio Rising 4/29/2024, 1:30 pm

» Lovage, has anyone grown, or used
by OhioGardener 4/29/2024, 12:27 pm

» New to SFG in Arlington, Tx
by sanderson 4/26/2024, 3:13 pm

» Soil Blocks: Tutorial In Photos
by OhioGardener 4/25/2024, 5:20 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Putting in grids

+4
floyd1440
camprn
llama momma
kristinz
8 posters

Go down

Putting in grids Empty Putting in grids

Post  kristinz 5/5/2012, 6:59 am

Hi and happy Saturday everyone!

We are in the process of building our boxes. We are planning to build 4x8 boxes. In the ANSQG book, Mel says to put in sturdy grids. study I also have been admiring everyone's pictures. I've noticed not many grids in 4x8 boxes, or, the grids are made out of some type of twine or string. I'm concerned about using wood for the 8 foot length because of lack of support through the middle - is having it rest on the MM enough for the support? Since we are so new, I think going without grids would be a bad idea for us.

Thank you everyone in advance for any help you can give!
kristinz
kristinz

Female Posts : 67
Join date : 2012-04-27
Age : 50
Location : New Castle, DE ~ Zone 7a ~

Back to top Go down

Putting in grids Empty Re: Putting in grids

Post  llama momma 5/5/2012, 7:10 am

I use cedar shims pushed in on the skinny side because it is super easy and no tools needed. Close up photo is on the strawberry box.
https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/gallery/Personal-album-of-llama-momma-cat_u2275.htm
llama momma
llama momma

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4921
Join date : 2010-08-20
Location : Central Ohio zone 6a

Back to top Go down

Putting in grids Empty Re: Putting in grids

Post  camprn 5/5/2012, 7:20 am

I use string because it is flexible and I can move it aside if I need to, for cultivating the soil or what ever. The main purpose of the grid is a guide for planting.The rigid grid looks very spiffy but really, once the plants are getting large you wont see the grid you see the plants Very Happy .

____________________________

43 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t1306-other-gardening-books



Putting in grids WxBanner?bannertype=wu_clean2day_cond&airportcode=KEEN&ForcedCity=Keene&ForcedState=NH&zipcode=03431&language=EN
camprn
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14169
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 61
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Putting in grids Empty Re: Putting in grids

Post  floyd1440 5/5/2012, 7:22 am

kristinz wrote:Hi and happy Saturday everyone!

We are in the process of building our boxes. We are planning to build 4x8 boxes. In the ANSQG book, Mel says to put in sturdy grids. Putting in grids 773650 I also have been admiring everyone's pictures. I've noticed not many grids in 4x8 boxes, or, the grids are made out of some type of twine or string. I'm concerned about using wood for the 8 foot length because of lack of support through the middle - is having it rest on the MM enough for the support? Since we are so new, I think going without grids would be a bad idea for us.

Thank you everyone in advance for any help you can give!

I know I have seen many posts about using different strings, bit I used wood. It is a 4x8 but the principle is the same as a 4x4.

Putting in grids Dsc_1235
floyd1440
floyd1440

Male Posts : 815
Join date : 2011-06-21
Age : 70
Location : Washington, Pa. Zone 6a

Back to top Go down

Putting in grids Empty Re: Putting in grids

Post  floyd1440 5/5/2012, 7:28 am

camprn wrote:I use string because it is flexible and I can move it aside if I need to, for cultivating the soil or what ever. The main purpose of the grid is a guide for planting.The rigid grid looks very spiffy but really, once the plants are getting large you wont see the grid you see the plants Very Happy .

The problem with Mel's grid in his book is that once you install them, you will have a hard time removing them. I have mine secure with screws but can remove them easily if I want to get in to recultivate as well.

You cannot see the string once the plants are grow either, so why do some fuss about fancy colors?

Putting in grids 3170584802
floyd1440
floyd1440

Male Posts : 815
Join date : 2011-06-21
Age : 70
Location : Washington, Pa. Zone 6a

Back to top Go down

Putting in grids Empty Re: Putting in grids

Post  camprn 5/5/2012, 7:31 am

floyd1440 wrote:
camprn wrote:I use string because it is flexible and I can move it aside if I need to, for cultivating the soil or what ever. The main purpose of the grid is a guide for planting.The rigid grid looks very spiffy but really, once the plants are getting large you wont see the grid you see the plants Very Happy .

The problem with Mel's grid in his book is that once you install them, you will have a hard time removing them. I have mine secure with screws but can remove them easily if I want to get in to recultivate as well.

You cannot see the string once the plants are grow either, so why do some fuss about fancy colors?

Putting in grids 3170584802
COlors? I don't know, I would guess for some folk who may have trouble with their vision a bright color is easier to see. Or maybe they think it's pretty? Personal preference I guess. Very Happy

____________________________

43 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t1306-other-gardening-books



Putting in grids WxBanner?bannertype=wu_clean2day_cond&airportcode=KEEN&ForcedCity=Keene&ForcedState=NH&zipcode=03431&language=EN
camprn
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14169
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 61
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Putting in grids Empty Use what you have...

Post  hruten 5/5/2012, 7:39 am

I have one of those fancy colors... Neon pink to be exact.

However, I didn't buy it for the grid. I bought it as construction line. Trust me pink is a lot easier to see when you are trying to make a straight line on green grass!flower When I started SFG I used what I already had on hand. Just like the box I just made from a pallet and leftover wood.
hruten
hruten

Female Posts : 159
Join date : 2012-04-13
Age : 48
Location : SW New Hampshire

Back to top Go down

Putting in grids Empty Re: Putting in grids

Post  rowena___. 5/5/2012, 10:52 am

llama momma wrote:I use cedar shims pushed in on the skinny side because it is super easy and no tools needed. Close up photo is on the strawberry box.
https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/gallery/Personal-album-of-llama-momma-cat_u2275.htm

this is FABULOUS. thank you for posting about it! it solves a problem i'm having with a public garden. Smile
rowena___.
rowena___.

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 438
Join date : 2011-01-06
Location : nashville, TN

http://www.romesticity.com, www.rostitchery.com, www.the-ella-ec

Back to top Go down

Putting in grids Empty Re: Putting in grids

Post  llama momma 5/5/2012, 12:09 pm

rowena___. wrote:
llama momma wrote:I use cedar shims pushed in on the skinny side because it is super easy and no tools needed. Close up photo is on the strawberry box.
https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/gallery/Personal-album-of-llama-momma-cat_u2275.htm

this is FABULOUS. thank you for posting about it! it solves a problem i'm having with a public garden. Smile

You're welcome Rowena, it was one of those a Ah-ha moments when I saw a bundle of them in HD. Glad you like the shim grid.
llama momma
llama momma

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4921
Join date : 2010-08-20
Location : Central Ohio zone 6a

Back to top Go down

Putting in grids Empty Re: Putting in grids

Post  sfg4uKim 5/5/2012, 1:03 pm

kristinz wrote: I've noticed not many grids in 4x8 boxes, or, the grids are made out of some type of twine or string. I'm concerned about using wood for the 8 foot length because of lack of support through the middle - is having it rest on the MM enough for the support?

You can always just put in two 4x4 grids and put in an additional 4' section where they meet. I've got a 2' x 23" bed and I have three separate grids along the length (two 8' lengths and one 7'). I use screen molding, but it CAN snap easily if you keep picking them up & putting them down. Yes, the MM is enough support.

____________________________

I have seen women looking at jewelry ads with a misty eye and one hand resting on the heart, and I only know what they're feeling because that's how I read the seed catalogs in January - Barbara Kingsolver - Animal, Vegetable, Miracle


sfg4u.com
FB: Square Foot Gardening 4 U



Putting in grids WxBanner?bannertype=wu_blueglass&airportcode=KBWI&ForcedCity=Glen%20Burnie&ForcedState=MD&zipcode=21060&language=EN
sfg4uKim
sfg4uKim

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 2054
Join date : 2010-09-30
Age : 65
Location : Glen Burnie, MD

http://sfg4u.com

Back to top Go down

Putting in grids Empty Re: Putting in grids

Post  kristinz 5/5/2012, 6:35 pm

Thanks to everyone who has posted! I will be sharing this information with the hubby!
kristinz
kristinz

Female Posts : 67
Join date : 2012-04-27
Age : 50
Location : New Castle, DE ~ Zone 7a ~

Back to top Go down

Putting in grids Empty Re: Putting in grids

Post  plantoid 5/6/2012, 4:45 am

Offering my tu'pence worth..

Why not use grass whip /strimmer line it comes in 50 or 100 yeard lengths & colours and is very tough and long lasting , plus it wraps up to store in a tiny space .



Instead of putting nails or screws on the lip of your beds , put pegs or lengths of cane etc inside the boxes at the required distances and loop or wrap the line around them .

The pictures show a night shot of a trial bed , the orange line is also going across the picture along side a black 1/8 inch thick neoprene beading , the pegs are 8 inches or so long as my beds are very deep .

If I need to remove a square it's easy peasy to either pull the line out or wind it round a peg.

Putting in grids Glassceleryandbeds027-1



Putting in grids Glassceleryandbeds023-2
plantoid
plantoid

Male Posts : 4097
Join date : 2011-11-09
Age : 73
Location : At the west end of M4 in the UK

Back to top Go down

Putting in grids Empty Re: Putting in grids

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum