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Post  AtlantaMarie on 10/21/2015, 8:57 am

+1!
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Post  yslow on 10/21/2015, 11:59 am

@jimmy cee wrote:In my case, when a plant has reached the end of it's career, I will plant another.
Weather of course in my climate being a factor.
For example, tomato's are done, pull them out...add compost....plant items that do well in cool / cold weather.
snow peas / chard / spinach / broccoli / lettuce / etc.   Some of these plants needed to have been started previously in small containers.

In Singapore we dont have climate change. ..... Square Foot Gardening In Singapore - Page 3 1280598131
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Post  sanderson on 10/21/2015, 1:15 pm

Yslow,  In your area near the equator, you have the option to let a crop grow and produce as long as you want or until it is no longer producing enough to make it worth keeping.  This may mean months or even years.  As long as you keep adding more compost to feed them as the months go by.  Some plants like lettuce or basil will go to seed and this usually means the good eating is done. Corn is done when the ears are ready to harvest.

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Post  jimmy cee on 10/22/2015, 12:03 am

@yslow wrote:
In Singapore we dont have climate change. ..... Square Foot Gardening In Singapore - Page 3 1280598131
To me that would be heaven on earth
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Post  yslow on 10/22/2015, 12:50 am

@jimmy cee wrote:
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In Singapore we dont have climate change. ..... Square Foot Gardening In Singapore - Page 3 1280598131
To me that would be heaven on earth

LOL. It is really hot and humid in this country.
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Post  Marc Iverson on 10/22/2015, 5:00 pm

Lots of plants produce in waves. Farmers tend to grow those so that they can harvest as much as possible all at once. Bush varieties of beans and tomatoes are familiar crops grown that way.

However, a bush variety may produce in multiple waves, so if you don't have to tear out the plant for whatever reason, you can still enjoy the produce from it. That can be great, since the plant is already well-established and won't take months to build up to the point of production like a new plant can. I've gotten three to five flushes from some bush tomato plants, and sometimes the last flush before winter is the biggest one. Same with peas.

After a while, though, many plants start to produce fewer and/or smaller veggies, or fewer and smaller leaves to help grow the veggies. And after a while, a plant may start to face the diseases of the new season or finally become overwhelmed by the ones it has been fighting all its life. Then it's time to say goodbye.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 10/23/2015, 7:32 am

Bush beans can do the same thing.  I've cut some down after harvesting the dried beans and had them come back for another batch.
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Post  yslow on 10/25/2015, 8:38 am

Is planting 1 stalk of corn possible in SFG? Has anyone done it before? Have check that corn is a cross breeder. Thus it need more than 1 stalk. Any advise? Thanks.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/25/2015, 8:57 am

Yes, you can:

Q: Can one corn stalk grow alone where no other corn is planted? (E-mail reference)

A: You can grow just one corn plant but you need to take the pollen from the tassel and dust it on the silk. Full-size ears will not develop unless you do that. It will grow as long as the seed is viable (alive), has adequate warmth, light, water and nutrients.

You will only get between 2-4 ears/plant however. I think some folks doing SFG here have planted 4/square. Go to the "SEARCH" box in the upper left corner on this site and search for corn, and you will get tons of hits. I have done corn in SFG, but only once. It took up too much real estate, and for the yield it just wasn't worth it for me, plus long season. Early varieties are an option, but they typically produce less ears/stalk.

Above reference is from the North Dakota Extension Agency, USA
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 10/25/2015, 1:31 pm

And be aware that bees LOVE the pollen from corn!  At least, mine did...
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Post  yslow on 10/26/2015, 9:22 am

2nd attempt at SFG. Except the mixture is a bit messy with home-made compost which is wet and smelly top up with a layer of mixed soil. A third layer of substrate followed by organic compost mixed with 1kg of peat moss.

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Post  Marc Iverson on 10/26/2015, 1:57 pm

Cute little bed. We could call that "Experimental Size."
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/26/2015, 5:51 pm

It's perfect! Very nice!
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Post  sanderson on 10/26/2015, 6:04 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:It's perfect!  Very nice!
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Post  trolleydriver on 10/26/2015, 6:25 pm

Nice !!!
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Post  yslow on 11/2/2015, 7:38 am

Hi,
    I'm having aphids , leaf miner and squash bug on my squash plants and tomatoes plants. Can anyone advise any type of organic pesticide as my squash plants looks like dying.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 11/2/2015, 8:39 am

Good old soap & water sprayed on both sides of the leaves!
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Post  yslow on 11/2/2015, 8:50 am

@AtlantaMarie wrote:Good old soap & water sprayed on both sides of the leaves!

Thanks. How often do i need to do this? As Singapore is having raining season, will it be effective after it rains?
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 11/2/2015, 2:14 pm

Oh...  yes, you'll need to reapply after the rain stops.

Also - are you getting ants bringing in the aphids?  Ants will use aphids as necter "cows."  Ants hate cinnamon, peppermint, etc...
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Post  sanderson on 11/2/2015, 3:15 pm

Soap and water first. If you need more killing power, Neem oil solution as a last resort. Spray at dawn or sunset as it is toxic to bees and other pollinators.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/2/2015, 8:41 pm

Soapy water, and hand remove/smash. Daily!
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Post  yslow on 11/8/2015, 7:02 pm

Hi SFG members,
    
     Can anyone advise how to keep dogs poop off my SFG box? Seems there is a dog that goes to keep pooping on my SFG Box and smart enough to bury it under my compost.  Sad
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Post  jimmy cee on 11/8/2015, 10:05 pm

You do not want a dog or cat anywhere near your compost.
Food they both eat, and given the nature of their digestive systems
can be very dangerous to humans.
Whatever you need to do, keep them away from your SFG beds
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/9/2015, 7:44 am

Get some critter repellant, spray or granules, and put it around the perimeter of the SFG.
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Post  sanderson on 11/9/2015, 1:25 pm

In the All New Square Foot Gardening book, Mel describes how to build a chicken wire cage.  Here are 2 photos showing how I kept my cat out of the beans and corn.  She likes to chew on the corn stalks and bean leaves.
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