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Post  sweetpea59 on 6/19/2011, 5:44 am

Well I finally managed to get a picture or two of my sfg area and I'm hoping that is does well despite being planted quite late. I have broadbeans in two squares, two squares of leeks and also 2 of garlic. marigolds and lavender to bring in bees along with a borage plant and potatoes and sweetcorns Smile
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Can't wait to begin harvesting the goodies Smile

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Post  shannon1 on 6/20/2011, 1:13 am

So pretty, I love the edging. It is such a good idea to interplant flowers for the bees. I have some potted flowers but saw a lot more bees when the herbs in the box started to bloom. I hear bees just love borage and lavander great choices. Then you have the marigolds which I hear deter rootknot nemitodes as well as other pests. Your corn looks great I am asuming it is on the north side.
I will be planting leeks soon for the fall garden any tips?
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Post  sweetpea59 on 6/20/2011, 3:47 am

Thank you for your reply Smile
..with leaks when you plant them wait until they are pencil thickness and then make a hole in your compost and drop the leek into each hole but don't fill it in with soil. I use an inch thick piece of broom shank cut to a rough cone at one end and push that into the soil...then drop a leek into each hole and water the hole until full. the water will draw down soil to the roots and cover them. Eventually they will cover over but this way it helps blanch the bottom of the leeks stem and the leek can still swell Smile

I hope that helps. The leeks are on east side. I figured that as they will get sun there most of the day it wouldn't harm as only the fence behind which I can attach some binding to nails to help them stand tall if needs be later on Smile

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Post  shannon1 on 6/20/2011, 4:22 am

Thank you,
I forgot to say My SFG 396615 . I will be growing them in my box with MM (Mel's Mix). My plan was to plant the seeds and then use paper towle rolls to blanch the stems I read about this somewhere My SFG 601593 , just where escapes me. Have you heard of this?

Did you read Mel's new book "The All New Square Foot Garden" yet? The reason I asked is because you said to plant the leeks in compost. Is that because it is impossible to find vermiculite and peat, I know it some places across the pond.

I'm glad you found the forum we have quite a few British members. We do get a little silly and have a lot of fun. The people are nice and full of SFG knowledge.
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Post  Frenchbean on 6/26/2012, 3:02 pm

Hi,
I am so glad that there is someone else in England doing SFG I was beginning to think it was all Americans doing this type of gardening. Iam just starting out myself so any help would be gratefully received.
i have just found the Europe forum Smile
Iam so excited bounce
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Post  efirvin on 6/26/2012, 3:25 pm

@sweetpea59 wrote:Well I finally managed to get a picture or two of my sfg area and I'm hoping that is does well despite being planted quite late. I have broadbeans in two squares, two squares of leeks and also 2 of garlic. marigolds and lavender to bring in bees along with a borage plant and potatoes and sweetcorns Smile
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Welcome Sweetpea! Your sfg looks great! The edging makes it look very nice!

And it reminded me I need to get some flowers planted in my garden to attract and repel bugs and bees.

Happy gardening!

Evelyn from zone 4 Wyoming
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Post  plantoid on 6/26/2012, 7:01 pm

Hi Sweet Pea that's a dandy looking garden you have there .

Welcome to the site ..I'm in the UK at the west end of the M4 and have raised brick built beds at 900 mm high , covering some 200 sq feet .

I'm usually on site a couple of times a week Pm if you want me .
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