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Post  Countryprepper on 12/8/2012, 8:53 am

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Post  llama momma on 12/8/2012, 9:10 am

First things first. Welcome to square foot gardening. Very Happy
Do you have the All New Square Foot Gardening book? It takes you step by step. To get you started off I think you have some groundwork questions to ask yourself.
What is your goal? What do you want to grow?
The first thing I see is large trees. Where does the shade fall during your intended growing season(s)? That will affect your success especially with plants that need full sun.
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Post  camprn on 12/8/2012, 9:13 am

Looks like a good place for a garden.
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Post  cheyannarach on 12/8/2012, 10:38 am

Well they say to start small and expand after that but I don't know how much you want to grow! How wide is it because in my head I picture some 3x6 (about 4ish) with enough space to walk between them! But that's just me! You are going to have sooo much fun planning your layout! As far as shade goes as long as it's not completely shaded I would just reserve the shaded areas for lettuces and such! Have fun and Welcome to the forum!!
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Post  plantoid on 12/8/2012, 12:37 pm

CP'er ,
Welcome to the site , I hope you have fun with it and really take up ANSFG
big time ..... it's do'able and gives darn good results when understood and closely folowed.

There is a book that we use as our guidance and ethos ...details are in my strap line . If you don't have it perhaps you would like to get one so that you will be singing off the same song sheet as the rest of us.

Re:- number of square feet .
There is some guidance in Mel's book on it .
I went straight for the jugular for I had the time , money and inclination to get it going big and right first time round ( almost ) , as I don't intend moving out this home unless it is head first & stiff.

There are three of us in our family 2 adults and a Munchkin of nearly 11 yrs .

We grow / harvest almost all year round , we have 12 beds of 3 x 3 foot and could use another 10 or so quite happily if I were to carefully plan & keep records for 365 harvesting for fresh meals , canning ,dehydrating & freezing .

As it was we ran out of space and also had to grow a few spuds in five trash bag sized heavy duty sacks

This is some of what we grew this full season starting in last September 2011 till 1Oct 2012 .
Salads comprising of cut & come again lettuces & leaf's , spring onions . Baby red beets & some sort of other leafy climbing thing who's name escapes me at present ...., toms , capsicums, aubergenes in the glasshouse.
Outside onions , garlics , salads ,cabbages , heading broccoli , Romanesc calabrese, purble sprouting broccoli , green sprouting broccoli , brussels sprouts , curly kale , broad leaf kele soring cabbages , collards , about six types of carrots , peas , broad beans, bush beans , runner /climbing beans rutabagas, red beet root , red kohl rabi , green kohl rabi , turnips , parsnips , celery's , courgettes/marrows ,strawberries , leeks, ten or more herb's including two parsleys , basil , thyme, sage, mints and two fennels .

That's the main veg list we also grew some edible flowers on the front set of 8 flower beds .... like nasturtiums etc for use as greenery and also for decorationn in salads.
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Post  quiltbea on 12/8/2012, 5:11 pm

I see room for several raised beds in sizes that work best for you, 3 x 6, 4 x4, 3 x4 or whatever you prefer.
You need to know how much sun the proposed beds will get. For summer crops you'll need at least 6 hrs of sunlight a day, preferably 8 hrs. The only way to be sure is to watch that area in the summer when the trees have leafed out.
If you get shade for several hours, you'll want to plant cool crops like the cole family (cabbage family), and greens and herbs.
You might want to start by removing the sod in the areas you plan to lay out your beds.
If it were me, I'd be visiting the library and getting all the books I could on gardening in your preferred style, starting with Mel Bartholomew's 'All New Square Foot Gardeneing' and then maybe 'The Garden Primer' by Barbara Damrosch and 'The New Victory Garden Book' by Bob Thomson. If you want to go organic, there's an 'Organic Gardening Encyclopedia' out there, too. This winter is a fine time to read up, take notes and more notes, and make your garden plan.
Have a wonderful time planning. If you have questions, just post them here.
By the way, we have a seed exchange on this forum so check it out. You can swap or get some starter seeds quite easily this way.
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Post  quiltbea on 12/8/2012, 5:14 pm

I'm back with another thought.
If you can, start a compost pile now. There should be lots of fall leaves still around to be your base. The compost will be quite handy by spring when your beds get started.
Look up compost piles in the search box upper left to get some ideas on what to use in your pile for best results.
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Post  Countryprepper on 12/8/2012, 6:35 pm

I have 2 compost bin in the far back of the picture..
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Post  quiltbea on 12/8/2012, 11:22 pm

I didn't notice them as such. You're one step ahead of the game already. Good for you.
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Post  plantoid on 12/9/2012, 4:43 pm

CP are those bins just used for your own garden/household leaf & grass wasteplus a few uncooked kitchen veg scraps or do they also have animal / bird dung & associated beddings in them ?
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Post  Countryprepper on 12/9/2012, 7:16 pm

My compost bins are only garden leaf & grass waste plus kitchen veg scraps
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