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Post  sanderson on 3/27/2020, 3:38 am

@ralitaco wrote:It's personal this time...@#$%@#$% Squirrels!!!!
The commercial! Razz

I had a squirrel that buried a lot of pine cones in my beds, pots, buckets and and even the 1'x50' BTE strip. Last fall and this spring, I kept finding them.

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Post  sanderson on 3/27/2020, 3:36 pm

Okay, this is getting personal!  Rocky the Squirrel got into my new bed. 2020 SFG Adventures in Hampstead, NC - Page 2 Squirr10

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Post  ralitaco on 3/27/2020, 7:23 pm

Those dang rats with cute tails are wreaking havoc this year.
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Post  sanderson on 3/29/2020, 5:12 pm

@ralitaco wrote:Those dang rats with cute tails are wreaking havoc this year.
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Maybe we can build this to keep them out of the beds. 2020 SFG Adventures in Hampstead, NC - Page 2 Squirr11

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Post  ralitaco on 3/29/2020, 5:43 pm

OMG!!! That is hysterical.
I just may have to do that.
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Post  ralitaco on 4/1/2020, 8:32 pm

So far this year I have done more in my SFG beds than all of last year and most of 2018 too.
Earlier this week I added some Black Kow manure to my beds. 2020 SFG Adventures in Hampstead, NC - Page 2 4223211841 2020 SFG Adventures in Hampstead, NC - Page 2 4223211841 2020 SFG Adventures in Hampstead, NC - Page 2 4223211841 2020 SFG Adventures in Hampstead, NC - Page 2 4223211841
I also started making my hoop house skeleton. What a Face

And tonight (drumroll please)...I started my planning for what to plant. WOOHOO!!!!   alrighta

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Post  ralitaco on 4/3/2020, 10:26 pm

Amazing what a plant can do when it has room to grow...
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I have high hopes that I will get some good berries this year. I have 16 in the center TT. I also have 10 in the front yard and 36 directly in the ground.
This will be interesting to see how the SFG performs vs the ground.
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Post  ralitaco on 4/3/2020, 10:36 pm

Oh, I forgot...I actually planted some seeds in my beds!!!!!!!
I put in some beans, peas, lettuce, carrots, and a few others.

Now I am thinking about starting some tomato seeds and pepper seeds inside. So any tips for someone that has never started seeds inside and has no grow lights, etc.? I just plan to pop some seeds in small trays with vermiculite and some leaf compost and hope for the best.
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Post  sanderson on 4/6/2020, 4:22 pm

Sunny window sill during the day?  Once they germinate, take them outside on sunny days when it is 60*F.  ??

When I first started back in 2013, my husband made 2 seed boxes from scrap wood.  I stapled 4 mil plastic to the bottom and sides, with a removable plastic lid for sunny days.  It was important to check the temps so they didn't fry. I brought them in each night and took them back out each morning. That's how I sprouted everything that March.
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Post  ralitaco on 4/13/2020, 6:08 pm

Thanks for the tips Sanderson. I picked up some clear plastic, but I do have some clear panels...maybe I will make a mini greenhouse...hmmm.
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Post  ralitaco on 4/13/2020, 6:15 pm

I did get some netting over the beds to protect from the (&#%*($ squirrels.

Making progress:
A Sugar Pea which I am glad to see because the aforementioned varmints dug in that square.
BTW-it is the little speck of green to the right of the marker near to the pvc.
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A Sunflower
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Some Pole Beans
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Post  yolos on 4/13/2020, 9:36 pm

Won't the squirrels bite through that netting.
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Post  ralitaco on 4/14/2020, 1:56 pm

@yolos wrote:Won't the squirrels bite through that netting.

They could, but so far have not.
I also added a cat to the mix, so maybe that will help too.
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Post  sanderson on 4/14/2020, 4:44 pm

@ralitaco wrote:I also added a cat to the mix, so maybe that will help too.
Most folks try to keep cats out of the Mix. Wink

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Post  ralitaco on 4/14/2020, 5:38 pm

rofl
"Mix" was the wrong choice of words for this crowd.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 4/14/2020, 7:13 pm

Cool lol!
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Post  ralitaco on 4/17/2020, 6:52 pm

Just an update:
My strawberry plants are producing berries. The plants are not getting much taller though.
A few of the peas popped up but only about 3 or 4 out of 30.
The Carrots are starting to sprout.
Only about 1/2 the pole beans have sprouted.
None of the Romaine, poblano, Rapunzel nor the Tromboncino have sprouted yet either.

So, I am soaking some pole beans, sunflowers and tromboncino seeds.

I may try to build that little greenhouse over the weekend.
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Post  ralitaco on 8/9/2020, 11:17 pm

Hello all. Hope everyone is surviving 2020. I thought I'd post a few pics to show the little that has transpired in my SFG's. I have really neglected the garden because I am focussing on remodelling my master bath. I am glad I got to do some in the garden, so any success is great. My lack of attention to the garden and the success I had is a tribute to the SFG method.


I guess the strawberries I planted in the ground served an unexpected purpose: bait to keep the squirrels out of the SFG's:

It is hard to see, but if you look closely, you can see the red berry in his paws.
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This one shows the rascal stashing the uneaten berry in the fence for later.
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So I did have some (and by some, I mean a little) luck with the veggies.


Of the 30 or so seeds I planted only 3 or 4 grew to vines. I did get 1 harvest from them.
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The Tromboncino squash were a flash in the pan...again. They sprouted, produced a few flowers then died.
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I planted 3 squares full of carrots and in 2 other planted Rapunzel tomatoes. Well, only some of the carrots sprouted and the tomatoes I planted did not sprout. Well at least not the ones I planted in their own squares. Apparently, I dropped a seed in with the carrots and that one took off.
We did get quite a few tomatoes and a handful of carrots.
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The Kentucky Blue Pole beans that came up did okay. I planted 4 squares with 4 per square but got only 3 vines. Those 3 vines did produce quite a few beans. At least until the plants shrivelled up from not being watered. They even survived being swarmed by kudzu bugs - nasty little creatures. You can see one in the 2nd pic.
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Post  ralitaco on 8/9/2020, 11:32 pm

Here are some pics of my biggest success - a Sunflower. I have to admit, I was shocked at how big they grow.
I only planted 2 in the SFG bed and about 12 or so in the ground. Only 1 in the SFG came up and the ones in the ground would get up about 4-6" tall then die off. Either the cats or dog ran through them OR they died of something else, maybe not enough sun. Regardless, I will plant more next year.

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Post  sanderson on 8/10/2020, 5:37 am

That sunflower is beautiful. Will you be eating them or putting them out as winter feed?

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