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Post  skidmoca on 2/22/2018, 9:07 pm

This will be my first year trying SFG.  We finally cleared up the side area of the yard and I have a sunny area to play in.  Looking for any advice you have.  I will try to start small!  I'm located in southern Ontario near Toronto.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/22/2018, 10:35 pm

@skidmoca wrote:This will be my first year trying SFG.  We finally cleared up the side area of the yard and I have a sunny area to play in.  Looking for any advice you have.  I will try to start small!  I'm located in southern Ontario near Toronto.

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Welcome, scidmoca!  How fun is this??!!!  Have you read Mel Bartholomew’s All New Square Foot Gardening??  

What are your plans?  What do you like to eat?  Ever gardened before?  

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Post  sanderson on 2/22/2018, 11:09 pm

Skidmoca, Welcome to the Forum from Central California! glad you\'re here Your Canadian host will be by soon to welcome you.

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Post  skidmoca on 2/23/2018, 12:12 am

I'm planning to plant green beans, broccoli and lima beans so that I can hopefully freeze them.  I'm not a big lima bean fan, but I miss them in Campbell's vegetable soup!  Also red peppers, jalepenos, peas, lettuce and tomatoes.  I 've only kind of dabbled at veggies before and didn't think lettuce would be easy but I planted some last year and it was great!  So nice to be able to go out and pick fresh lettuce.  I'm also going to try starting some of the plants indoors.  It will be really nice to be able to learn from and share with others.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 2/23/2018, 4:19 am

Hi Skidmoca. Welcome from Atlanta, GA! Glad you found us!

Sounds like a good plan so far... And I agree about being able to pick your own lettuce as you need it, lol.
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Post  trolleydriver on 2/23/2018, 7:24 pm

Hi Skidmoca and welcome from your neighbour (4 hours drive away) in Ottawa. Lots of great people on this forum. Questions are welcomed and we love to see photos 

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 2/23/2018, 10:23 pm

Welcome from a fellow lettuce fan!
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Post  Kelejan on 2/24/2018, 8:29 am

@skidmoca wrote:This will be my first year trying SFG.  We finally cleared up the side area of the yard and I have a sunny area to play in.  Looking for any advice you have.  I will try to start small!  I'm located in southern Ontario near Toronto.

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I think you are very wise to start small especially as a new SFG starter.  Lucky you to have a sunny area to play in.  I started small with two 4 x 4 and I was thrilled to be able to keep myself in salads tht first year.  Look forward to seeing your progress.
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Post  Kelejan on 2/24/2018, 9:33 am

Sidmoca, come and see us on the Canadian Region thread where I have posted another welcome for you.
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Post  Kelejan on 2/24/2018, 12:30 pm

Just checked my local weather forecast for the next seven days.  Everyday has three snow flakes on it.  It is going to be messy as each day the temp is above freezing and the night temps are below. Sad By then we will be in March.  I hope it is not going to be like 1987 when we still had snow on the ground in April and I had no idea what lay beneath that covering of snow. (I did have a typo of 1887 but I am not really as old as that.)

Now to go out and clear my pathway to the road; again.  At least it gives me some exercise. Very Happy  This when I am happy not to have a car to clear and the driveway it takes up.  Right now I have a nice SV parked there which my neighbours are hoping to sell.  They have a small house within parking only on the road where they park their two cars.  I have a small house with parking for four cars.
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Post  farmersgranddaughter on 2/24/2018, 12:58 pm

Welcome!  I'm so glad that you have a sunny area for your square foot garden beds.  My first attempts were challenging because we lived in a forested area.  We recently moved and are now surrounded by pasture, so there's plenty of sunshine.

Is your growing season short?  Are you starting seeds indoors or purchasing transplants?  This year I started seeds using a heat mat with a thermostat (VIVOSUN brand purchased on Amazon.com) and all of my pepper seeds germinated in a week's time.  I used seed starting trays with lids (KORAM also purchased on Amazon) which act as miniature green houses.  I've also seen where people use salad or rotisserie chicken containers from the grocery store in which to start seeds.  There are a lot of YouTube videos on seed starting.  Someday I would like to have a greenhouse outdoors but for now I'm starting seeds on a shelving unit in a bay window.  I too am starting small.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/24/2018, 11:04 pm

@skidmoca wrote:I'm planning to plant green beans, broccoli and lima beans so that I can hopefully freeze them.  I'm not a big lima bean fan, but I miss them in Campbell's vegetable soup!  Also red peppers, jalepenos, peas, lettuce and tomatoes.  I 've only kind of dabbled at veggies before and didn't think lettuce would be easy but I planted some last year and it was great!  So nice to be able to go out and pick fresh lettuce.  I'm also going to try starting some of the plants indoors.  It will be really nice to be able to learn from and share with others.

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Beetles and I love lettuces...they are the bomb!  You thinking bush or pole beans?  Do you have a bed built?  Peas will be your first planting...then lettuces.  

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Post  countrynaturals on 2/25/2018, 1:53 am

happy hi  from Redding, CA, Skidmoca. Looking forward to your posts.
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Post  skidmoca on 3/6/2018, 6:41 pm

@farmersgranddaughter wrote:Welcome!  I'm so glad that you have a sunny area for your square foot garden beds.  My first attempts were challenging because we lived in a forested area.  We recently moved and are now surrounded by pasture, so there's plenty of sunshine.

Is your growing season short?  Are you starting seeds indoors or purchasing transplants?  This year I started seeds using a heat mat with a thermostat (VIVOSUN brand purchased on Amazon.com) and all of my pepper seeds germinated in a week's time.  I used seed starting trays with lids (KORAM also purchased on Amazon) which act as miniature green houses.  I've also seen where people use salad or rotisserie chicken containers from the grocery store in which to start seeds.  There are a lot of YouTube videos on seed starting.  Someday I would like to have a greenhouse outdoors but for now I'm starting seeds on a shelving unit in a bay window.  I too am starting small.

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Hi!  Yes, our growing season can be short.  I start peas in early May but have learned I should start them in April.  If things last until mid October, that's a good year!  I think if I got ambitious I could grow a second crop of peas and lettuce, planting in mid August.  Another year!
I started seeds today!  Broccoli, red peppers and some flowers.  I got a heat mat and a grow light that will cover about 36 peat moss pellets, but I don't plan to use them all.  I got the tray and cover for Xmas.  I'm supposed to start other seeds like canteloupe in April.  I've saved some egg cartons to transplant seedlings, but I'm not sure they are deep enough.

Good luck to both of us!
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Post  skidmoca on 3/6/2018, 6:43 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:happy hi  from Redding, CA, Skidmoca. Looking forward to your posts.
Hi Suz, looking forward to seeing how everyone does this year!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 3/8/2018, 10:21 pm

Short here too, but you will be fine!   Sounds like your timetable is on track.  Hi Everyone 3170584802
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