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Post  Little Thumb 6/2/2010, 2:26 pm

thanks Mel! cheers cheers cheers

Without Mel I would not be a gardener! Anyone else feel the same way?

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Post  Dunkinjean 6/2/2010, 2:46 pm

Yes, I definitely agree!

For years we did row planting in a small garden in our backyard. It seemed that row gardening wasted alot of seeds and time with little results. Therefore, eventually we stopped row gardening.

Then a few months ago I found Mel. He made alot of sense.
The initial investment a little more costly but seemed it would make better results with no waste.

I made by first 4 x 4 box this spring which has brought much excitement. I look forward to looking at my plants everyday with nothing to do but water if needed!

Many thanks to Mel Bartholomew.

Happy Gardening everyone....
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Post  timwardell 6/2/2010, 2:48 pm

I second that emotion and amend it only by saying that because of Mel I'm a MUCH more successful gardener! rock on
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Post  Little Thumb 6/2/2010, 3:03 pm

I know what you mean Tim. I can see the difference between my SFQ and my friend's garden. She was very kind to let me put the boxes in her yard. She still has a traditional garden and the difference is incredible. I think she may be thinking SFG for next year.

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Post  Wyldflower 6/2/2010, 3:20 pm

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Many many Three cheers for Mel Bartholomew! 109486 to Mel Three cheers for Mel Bartholomew! 73140 for teaching us this way of gardening! Three cheers for Mel Bartholomew! Icon_flower
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Post  Paintedlady 6/2/2010, 3:37 pm

Mel is my hero! Three cheers for Mel Bartholomew! Icon_cheers
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Post  Weed 'em and Reap 6/2/2010, 9:32 pm

I got my first garden plants from relatives, and then I had to figure out how to grow a garden. (They have row gardens.) Luckily, just at the right time, I saw the SFG book in the store and thought, "this is exactly what I need to get started! What a great idea!" That was a year ago. Now, I love my SFG and I am making my gardening area a lot bigger because I love it more than I ever thought I would! Thanks, Mel!
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Post  robbinscabin 6/2/2010, 9:50 pm

After two dismal attempts of row gardening hubby decided that we had too much clay for a vegetable garden. I saw my opprotunity and pounced...I preached the gospel of the raised bed, swore that if we tried square foot we'd actual have a harvest! I was just about to use my feminine charms when he agreed to try it...for one year. (Whew! That was close! My feminine charms are quite rusty. LOL) But if we weren't successful on year one than he would never have to garden again!

This is year two. Three cheers for Mel Bartholomew! Icon_cheers Hubby eagerly greeted spring with freshly cut lumber for brand new boxes. There's not a day that I don't pluck my tiny weeds with my two fingers that I don't silently thank Mel!
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I just can't say that enough!
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Post  martha 6/2/2010, 10:00 pm

Robbinscabin, that is the greatest story!
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Post  robbinscabin 6/2/2010, 10:07 pm

Aww, thank you. It may have been our first SFG story but I'm betting it'll be far from our last! Three cheers for Mel Bartholomew! Icon_biggrin
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Post  Chopper 6/3/2010, 12:35 am

This is a perfect example of what happens when engineers have too much free time. Others are mentos and coke driven vehicles and potato guns. This is by far the most useful. Three cheers for Mel Bartholomew! Icon_biggrin
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Post  Little Thumb 6/3/2010, 8:29 am

Chopper wrote:This is a perfect example of what happens when engineers have too much free time. Others are mentos and coke driven vehicles and potato guns. This is by far the most useful. Three cheers for Mel Bartholomew! Icon_biggrin

I sure am glad Mel had alot of free time on his hands. The SFG method really does make a beautiful garden. My friend was amazed how much I put in two 4' x 4' boxes. Her garden is atleast 15' x 15' and no where near as much stuff in it as the two little boxes. Are you sure Mel is a retired Engineer and not a retired Genius?

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Post  martha 6/3/2010, 11:13 am

Little Thumb, I am not sure he has retired the genius part yet!
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Post  Little Thumb 6/3/2010, 11:35 am

funny post rofl
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Post  Little Thumb 6/9/2010, 4:03 pm

we gotta keep this thread rolling. Without Mel we would all be pulling weeds and sweating and hating our gardens!!!

THANK YOU MEL! Where ever you are
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Post  PB 6/9/2010, 9:39 pm

The hours I work I just didn't have time for a traditional garden. I love to garden. It was a sad year last year when I didn't put in a garden. This year I made my first SFG. It was a big project to start with and a bit costly, but well worth it. I now weed in seconds. No Hoes, tillers, tractors. With the wonderful MM I have grown veggies I have never tried before. Thank You Mel!! Three cheers for Mel Bartholomew! Icon_cheers Three cheers for Mel Bartholomew! 53366 Three cheers for Mel Bartholomew! 109486
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Post  Little Thumb 6/10/2010, 8:57 am

yes, I know what you mean about a busy schedule and the thought of trying a garden. I don't have my own land so a garden was out of my mind. SFG is my first time with a garden and I don't even want to try the traditional row garden. I always hear from friends how brutal it is in late July, August and September when all the harvesting gets really busy.

I can't imagine how much work it really is, on top of trying to battle little bugs as well as weather. Just the fact that there is no weeding cuts out so much work. Even if a weed comes up it dosn't stand a chance in the SFG. The neat look of the garden makes the little weeds that do pop up stick out like a soar thumb.

Thanks again Mel.

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