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Post  JennyAster 2022-03-15, 09:34

Hello. This is my first year of SFG and I can't wait for Spring to arrive, although we've had a few tempting sunny days, I've a feeling winter just might have a sting in its tail yet.

I'm not completely new to SFG, about 10 years ago I attempted the system in my then Spanish garden, but I obviously used the wrong types of veg for a really hot country, and it was pretty much a disaster. 

It's quite daunting setting up a SFG system on a blank garden, so I'm really looking forward to next year where I hope SFG is established in my small garden (in comparison to gardens in the US, mine must be minute  Hiya from East England 1f609 ). 

Enough of writing about 'me' I'm off now to dig into this knowledgeable forum. Just wanted to say "Hello".
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Post  Hawgwild 2022-03-15, 17:57

Hi there and welcome to the forum....Not new to gardening but this is my first year with square foot gardening. I have learned a bunch just reading through the forum topics avoiding some of the mistakes I was about to make..

Welcome and best wishes with your SQF...

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Post  JennyAster 2022-03-16, 01:04

Hiya from East England 1f600 Thanks Scottie, you have a good season too!
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Post  Frost? 2022-03-16, 09:39

JennyAster wrote: I've a feeling winter just might have a sting in its tail yet.


I'm not completely new to SFG, about 10 years ago I attempted the system


Hellow Jenny!  Welcome to the Forum!  

  Ah yes!  I got stung this year myself.  Typically Florida is "safe" after Valentines Day but we got frosted the second week of March and caught alot of us off guard!  Better safe than sorry!

  I started SFG about 10 years ago as well, but using the book from 1981; much has changed since, with two revisions and a new name "All New Square Foot Gardening".  I have about a ton of homemade "soil" according to the original recipe that I have to transition away from, and although the new formula (Mel's Mix) is zounds easier, supply issues are creating some extra complications and expense.  I hope you get fruitful soon to encourage you!  Make sure you get the "new" book (2005,2013?)

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Post  JennyAster 2022-03-16, 15:00

Thanks Jon, yes I got the book about 3 months ago! It's great inspiration.

Compost is quite an issue, it's going to be banned in 2024 in the UK and many retailers have already stopped selling it. The price of compost has shot up and is quite an issue. I'm now on a mission to create my own Very Happy .
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Post  yolos 2022-03-16, 15:03

JennyAster wrote:Thanks Jon, yes I got the book about 3 months ago! It's great inspiration.

Compost is quite an issue, it's going to be banned in 2024 in the UK and many retailers have already stopped selling it. The price of compost has shot up and is quite an issue. I'm now on a mission to create my own Very Happy .
Why would UK ban compost ????
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Post  OhioGardener 2022-03-16, 15:27

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JennyAster wrote:Thanks Jon, yes I got the book about 3 months ago! It's great inspiration.

Compost is quite an issue, it's going to be banned in 2024 in the UK and many retailers have already stopped selling it. The price of compost has shot up and is quite an issue. I'm now on a mission to create my own Very Happy .
Why would UK ban compost ????

A quick google search shows that only "peat compost" will be banned in 2024, in England and Wales.  That is because environmental groups are opposed to mining peat.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/18/sales-of-peat-compost-to-gardeners-to-be-banned-from-2024

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Post  Frost? 2022-03-16, 15:42

OhioGardener wrote:

A quick google search shows that only "peat compost" will be banned in 2024, in England and Wales.  That is because environmental groups are opposed to mining peat.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/18/sales-of-peat-compost-to-gardeners-to-be-banned-from-2024

Ah!  That makes more sense; I was imagining cattle fields over running with manure because nobody is allowed to process it!  And citizen's shuffling around in 3' of leaf mold like snow.
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Post  JennyAster 2022-03-17, 02:16

Sorry for the confusion, yes I should have said 'peat' and not 'compost'.
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Post  sanderson 2022-03-20, 13:23

Hi, Jenny, Welcome to the Forum from California, USA. glad you\'re here

I also have a tiny back yard, maybe not as small as yours, but I have tucked smaller beds here and there, where ever there is good sunshine. The most common size is 2' x 4'. The largest 2' x 8'.

We love photos so don't be shy about sharing your journey with us. And, ask questions if you are in any doubt. Reading the book is the first step. Very Happy

Since you have notice that peat will be discontinued from the market, you can buy now what ever you think you might need on your journey. Just store it in a safe dry spot.




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