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Post  bnoles 4/2/2013, 2:21 pm

It has been a short time in the making (started late summer 2012) , but I think I am finally there. Last summer I decided to re-spark my gardening interest after 2 decades of being too busy with other things in life. Now that I am retired, I figured I should have more time to devote to this interest and try to do it right. I am starting out experimenting with several gardening methods and techniques such as SFG, Earth Boxes, buckets, patio pickers and even straw bales. I will see which (2) I have the best results with and cut away from the remainder after this year. Right now I am leaning toward SFG (of course my favorite) and possibility the Earth Boxes that seem to work well with larger items such as tomatoes, squash, corn, etc, which in my opinion are better suited for larger plants leaving space in my SFGs for more compact plants and better space management that Mel originally designed it for.

In the summer of 2012, none of this existed and this is where it stands today.

Herbs grown in containers on the deck this year
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Table top SFG with dome and PVC watering grid
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A couple of salad bowls hiding behind the TT SFG
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A view from the rear showing Patio Pickers and Earth Boxes, you can also see my rain barrels in progress in the back ground
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Self watering Earth Buckets with Mel's trellis system for my tomatoes this year.
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Some views showing the straw bale garden in the very back, my strawberry 4X4 with Mel's mix and a 10X4 with Mel's mix for my squash, corn, pole beans, okra and a top hat under the squash shading for my colored carrots to be planted April 15th. Not shown here and off to the left side is another 8X3 bed holding my newly planted asparagus plants.
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Full shot of the previously unused patio, now a full blown garden area with my TT SFG as the center piece.

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Composting area with newly built chicken coop in the background
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All the while making these gardens over the winter, I also constructed this chicken coop. Chickens are due April 20th and I am looking forward to both the eggs and the contributions to my composting efforts. It will house 3 Buff Opington hens and living in a historic house across from city hall, I will have to abide by some strict rules agreed to in order to get special permission to do this.
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Thanks for looking and hopefully you can glean some ideas from my adventures to use in your own endeavors. Many thanks and acknowledgement to all here for sharing their ideas from which I used in my creations.
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Post  Lindacol 4/2/2013, 4:36 pm

@bnoles wrote:

Self watering Earth Buckets with Mel's trellis system for my tomatoes this year.
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So tell us about your Earth Buckets. Do you have them set up to auto fill? What is around the orange buckets?
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Post  bnoles 4/2/2013, 5:00 pm

Hi Linda,

I got the idea from this fellow on youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OoHBTmniXI

The silver wrap is explained by him in other videos.

Mind you that I do not endorse the system, I am only giving it a try as I found it interesting for tomatoes and cucumbers only and allow me more space for other items in my SFG.
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Post  quiltbea 4/2/2013, 6:44 pm

bnoles....It looks like you are really taking gardening to heart now that you've found it again. I love your set-up and I agree on trying new things and experimenting to see what works best for each of us. It can be diverse.
Lucky you getting some chickens. I think the buff orpingtons are a great breed, being very friendly besides good layers.
Good luck with your new endeavors and keep us posted on the experiments in progress.....earth boxes, straw bales, etc.
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Post  bnoles 4/2/2013, 6:52 pm

Thanks Bea! You have really made me feel good about my pick of chicken variety. I am looking forward to the new residents of my coop and improvement to my compost down the road. Notice the close proximity of the coop to the composting area. sunny

I hope to be updating this thread as time goes with the results of the various methods.
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Post  camprn 4/2/2013, 7:01 pm

Everything is so tidy and pretty! Very nice. I love you

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Post  angiesj 4/2/2013, 7:43 pm

Don't worry about the regulations. Everyone will fall in love with the Buff's. They are such great chickens. Smile
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Post  jazzycat 4/2/2013, 8:27 pm

Looks amazing! Good job! I can't wait to get mine done, which should be in a few days. Woot!
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Post  R&R 1011 4/2/2013, 9:10 pm

That looks amazing! Im jealous of your set up and how much time you'll have to devote to your garden being retired. You'll have to keep us updated on how your different methods work out.
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Post  bnoles 4/2/2013, 9:16 pm

@camprn wrote:Everything is so tidy and pretty! Very nice. I love you

Thanks camprn... coming from you I feel honored Smile
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Post  bnoles 4/2/2013, 9:18 pm

@angiesj wrote:Don't worry about the regulations. Everyone will fall in love with the Buff's. They are such great chickens. Smile

I'm counting on that angie Very Happy
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Post  bnoles 4/2/2013, 9:19 pm

@jazzycat wrote:Looks amazing! Good job! I can't wait to get mine done, which should be in a few days. Woot!

Go Jazzy go! I'm pulling for you and expect some pictures when you get finished Cool
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Post  bnoles 4/2/2013, 9:20 pm

R&R 1011 wrote:That looks amazing! Im jealous of your set up and how much time you'll have to devote to your garden being retired. You'll have to keep us updated on how your different methods work out.

Well thank you R&R and I'll do my best on the updates.
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Post  nosmok 4/2/2013, 9:43 pm

Envious of all the garden space you have and especially the new chicken coop! Been joking to my family that next year we do chickens and go off the grid. The PVC watering grid is intriguing; I've constructed planter boxes with 2 inch PVC chases underneath the soil with cotton rope wicks spaced every few inches, but your grid divides your SFG and waters it? My garden tour Spring 2013 3170584802
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Post  yolos 4/2/2013, 9:49 pm

Everything looks awesome bnoles. Now that it is warming up here in Ga, things will begin to take off. Good job.
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Post  Windmere 4/2/2013, 9:50 pm

Hi bnoles. I must say that your entire gardening system is very impressive. You have done a wonderful job. I noticed you said you plan on using Earth Boxes for some of your larger vegetables. A very dear couple gave us six Earth Boxes as a gift and I have been trying to figure out what would go best in them. As you said, it would be good to have the larger plants not take up room in the SQF beds. I have some pretty large plants coming along (cucumber, zucchini, watermelon, and eggplant). I'm also planning on having some bell pepper and tomato plants. Do you think any of these would do well in an Earth Box? How many of each would you put in a single box? Thanks.
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Post  llama momma 4/2/2013, 10:17 pm

Outstanding job Bob !!!! Functional, orderly, and classy looking.
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Post  bnoles 4/2/2013, 10:23 pm

Thank you nosmok for the nice comments, Yes, the grid is designed to keep the SF design as well as water the bed. I just finished and installed it and I am excited to see how well it works.

Thank you yolos! Sure am glad to see the weather get back to "normal" whatever that is anymore. Laughing

Windmere, thank you for your kind compliments. I think everything you listed would do well in the Earthbox and save space in our SFG. I think the bell peppers could be used in either for space purposes. As far as how many plants per box, I refer you to the link below to answer those questions.

http://earthbox.com/earthbox-planting-guide

LM... thank you so much for your compliments. Many of my efforts were inspired by you.
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Post  Windmere 4/2/2013, 10:35 pm

That link to the Earth Box website was just what I needed bnoles. Thanks much. That will be a big help as I plan what to put where!
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Post  llama momma 4/2/2013, 10:37 pm

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Post  Paranoid 4/6/2013, 10:18 am

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts 4/6/2013, 11:19 am

Beautifully organized, can't wait to see pictures as the chaos of growth begins and your jungle takes over!
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Post  Pepper 4/6/2013, 1:55 pm

golly gee whiz Bob you rock LOVE your layout, you seem to have covered ALL bases. I have to know how the pine straw works out; I am going to try it for the final 'hillings' for my taters. Probably should go ahead and do it for all my boxes.

Again WOW to you and your setup!!!
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Post  jimmy cee 4/12/2013, 8:17 am

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Looking at your projects make me wish I was 40 years younger.
I love them, Everything you have done whets my imagination.
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Post  plantoid 4/12/2013, 6:00 pm

@bnoles wrote:Hi Linda,

I got the idea from this fellow on youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OoHBTmniXI

The silver wrap is explained by him in other videos.

Mind you that I do not endorse the system, I am only giving it a try as I found it interesting for tomatoes and cucumbers only and allow me more space for other items in my SFG.

Bob, when I was in Canada at mother in laws place I found that the air con unit gave out so much heat that you could hardly breathe if you stood within five feet of it when it was going on a hot day .
I see your aircon unit is very close to the toms is that likely to cause you problems because of too much heat??
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