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Post  savlaka 4/24/2020, 1:51 pm

So I recently put together about 116 sqft of raised bed on the side of my house. And have been working on my planting plan.
As a few notes:
I'm in SW Florida. Zone 10, Spring through fall is all "summer", winter is "cooler summer"... 😋
I use a blend of plant compost, composted manure, peat or coconut coir, and raised bed soil, mixed with the local sand as my growing medium.
I like to grow different species of plants than is common around here - occasionally that leads to one square failing...

So the bed:
It's built from 5/4"x 6" ground contact PT. The trellis frames are cheap 1x2" pine with plastic netting. All screwed together. And secured in place with 2x3" PT stakes (about 12" long)

Here's my planting plan - it's still a bit of a work in progress, as I find seeds, or plants I wanted in it.
It's drawn in 3 sections, that are all attached in the actual bed.

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The red dots indicate that seeds or plants are already planted.
There's still a few blocks open, I need to decide what'll go there.

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And a real image of the bed so the 3 parts of the plan make more sense...
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Post  donnainzone5 4/24/2020, 3:04 pm

Your bed looks wonderful!  I applaud your use of grids.  However, have you read All New Square Foot Gardening either editions 2 or 3?  

It doesn't appear that you've used the exact formula for Mel's Mix, though.  Is there some reason you used raised bed soil and sand?
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Post  savlaka 4/24/2020, 6:50 pm

I've read a copy of the book, I bought it new last year whatever version that would be.
And no my mix is not the same as his.
As for why - current availability of materials is one reason.
Another is this mix has served me well even before I'd heard of square foot gardening.
Right now the cheapest vermiculite I could find in stock around here was over $20 a cu foot. It would have doubled the projects cost.
My mix is heavy on the compost types, then mixed with the Florida sand and peat or coir probably 75% is the composted materials. This mix is a bit denser than Mel's mix, and holds more water over the course of Florida summer days. It does have disadvantages - watering needs to be slowed even stopped during rainy season as it can get waterlogged, as Mel's mix drains better. That's actually why I add a bit of "jungle growth" soil, as it's larger particles and helps it drain a bit better, but only in the first few inches.
This bed was done with 50 cu foot of compost, 8 of jungle growth soil, and 6 cu foot of peat, mixed into the existing sand (what SW Florida has as "soil") after removing the grass.
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Post  donnainzone5 4/24/2020, 8:41 pm

In my experience, it's nearly impossible to find coarse vermiculite locally.  Generally, it needs to be ordered online from such companies as Amazon, U-Line, Greenhouse Megastore, A.M. Leonard, and one or two others.  Prices do vary, but generally are far less expensive than purchasing smaller bags of fine or medium grade.  

Those SFG practitioners in your area should be able to guide you to suitable compost sources, as well.  Peat moss is inexpensive and generally easy to find.
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