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Post  RichardMack 5/25/2021, 3:31 pm

As therapy this past 14 months decided to try this technique and following several YouTube videos built out 6 beds, 4X8 abs 32 inches tall with 6 inch tops.

Getting older and bending down isn’t what it used to be.

Lots in the ground and other than doing a better job hardening off some of the basil and broccoli things seem to be growing amazingly well using Hugul Kulture last fall abs the top 16 inches of Mels Mix.

Lots of questions, how much if any to fertilize and how often, density as plants seem to be thriving but man are they filling up their space. 

Any thoughts or suggestions very much appreciated.

Actually put a cattle panel arch between two of the beds so will see how well the KY Pole beans, Manny Cukes and Regina Viola Butternut do.

Planted a bunch of garlic last fall, Spanish Roja, Lorenz Italian and Nootka Rose.  Watching and reading about when to harvest and not completely sure but seems to be when 3-4 leaves brown out around mid June I’m guessing.

Thank you all for the amazing posts you’ve left and information.  Any suggestions will be much appreciated 

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Post  SharonBreay 5/25/2021, 5:28 pm

Welcome to the Gardening World, where people learn to hear nature sounds and hear nature sights they may have overlooked before in their scurry for social time. Sounds like you have a great start. I've worked with SFG ideas for about 7 years in a 30" x 72" trug that is 30" high for my own personal veggie garden, and also have some in-ground and in-pots. Being a Designer by trade, I have a yard of little grass and many shrubs and plants in general, many flowering plants. But every early January, I eagerly plant my veggies in my S.Florida trug. As Northerners are getting their first fruits, I am usually putting the trug to rest for awhile, as I don't care to eat what grows down here during our very hot summers. It's fun to try different methods of caring for the veggies. And although it always sounds enticing to continue the veggies through the summer, there is so much trimming to do in other gardens and the heat so strong, I usually don't bother! LOL
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Post  markqz 5/25/2021, 6:12 pm

RichardMack wrote:
Lots of questions, how much if any to fertilize and how often, density as plants seem to be thriving but man are they filling up their space. 
Welcome! It sounds like you're off to a great start!

Generally, with SFG you don't fertilize. Whenever you re-start a square, you add a "scoop" or two of compost. Most people would recommend bringing the square back up to the level it was before you planted your first crop.

The answers to a lot of questions like yours can be found in THE Book:
All New Square Foot Gardening, 3rd Edition.

There's an entire appendix in the book with recommendations for planting densities for various plants.

A rule of thumb that usually works is divide 12 by the "thin to" distance on the seed package and then square the result. So if the equivalent row plants would be thinned to 6", then 12/6 = 2, and 2 squared is 4. Of course, sometimes you have to apply common sense after the math.
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Post  jimmy cee 5/25/2021, 10:46 pm

Much valuable information I received from reading this book. For that matter, reading this book gave me the impetus for starting SFG.


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Post  RichardMack 5/26/2021, 5:28 am

Thank you both abs appreciate the suggestions and encouragement.
I have the book abs even though I’m confident the spacing is correct it sure looks right. 
The integro cabbage and rober and amazing cauliflower varieties are looking quite healthy.

Tomatoes are already starting to flower which is a bit surprising though we’ve had much above normal temps the past week and a half. 

Glad to have this forum to seek information and encouragement 

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