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Post  sanderson 2/27/2017, 9:41 pm

119 square feet plus two 2' x 4' beds on wheels that I will be baby sitting for 6 months = 135, plus the 5-gallon buckets, BTE strip and a few large pots. More than I ever thought I could squeeze in this tiny back yard.

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Post  ralitaco 3/1/2017, 1:07 am

Sometimes I feel like the answer is "Not enough" but then other times it could be "Too Many" Laughing

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Post  RC3291 3/2/2017, 4:58 pm

I'm going to say 32 in my raised bed and 10 more in containers. Livin' large, not.
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Post  ralitaco 3/2/2017, 11:44 pm

@RC3291 wrote:I'm going to say 32 in my raised bed and 10 more in containers. Livin' large, not.
RC, You ARE living large since you are using the SFG method...after all, that's one of the many benefits of SFG'ing.
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Post  newbeone 3/3/2017, 9:00 am

At the present I have 117 and I'm filling another 4X8 bed will take me up to 149. Have to stop there, have to leave room for the dog. I built a large ring around our one small tree in the front yard using pavers from my old beds. I have a few flowers interplanted with Rainbow chard and I plan to plant some Lacinato Kale for height, I have to go slow with this to keep HOA at bay.
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Post  sanderson 3/3/2017, 2:23 pm

@newbeone wrote:I built a large ring around our one small tree in the front yard using pavers from my old beds. I have a few flowers interplanted with Rainbow chard and I plan to plant some Lacinato Kale for height. I have to go slow with this to keep HOA at bay.
HOAs can present a challenge, sometimes even for the backyards.

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Post  JimF 3/4/2017, 3:07 pm

395 squares at present 27 hanging baskets 21 pots adding more pots this year
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Post  sanderson 3/5/2017, 3:48 pm

@JimF wrote:395 squares at present 27 hanging baskets 21 pots adding more pots this year
Shocked Photos, please! Sounds heavenly.

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Post  trolleydriver 8/18/2017, 11:44 pm

All New SFG (ANSFG):
- Four 4x4 beds
- One 2x4 table top
- One U shaped bed consisting of a 3x6 leg, a 2x6 leg and a 2x2 joining the legs

Old Style (amended soil) SFG:
- Two 4x4 beds
- One approx. 2.5 x 6 bed

Total ANSFG sqaures = 106
Total Old Style SFG squares = 47
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Post  hammock gal 8/20/2017, 9:12 am

Gee, I feel like a slacker with my measly 16. And 9 of them are tomatoes. Oh, I forgot two pots. Those are tomatoes, too.  Embarassed
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt 8/20/2017, 10:59 am

@hammock gal wrote:Gee, I feel like a slacker with my measly 16. And 9 of them are tomatoes. Oh, I forgot two pots. Those are tomatoes, too.  Embarassed
Naw, just means you're more efficient in getting what you want out of a small space. Laughing
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Post  sanderson 8/20/2017, 11:32 am

I started out with four small beds totaling 28 sq ft and 31 pots, so don't feel like a slacker. It's better to expand slowly than to build a SFG that is larger than time, energy, shade conditions, composting making can support. Wink

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Post  llama momma 8/20/2017, 1:58 pm

160 square feet. Took about 5 years to build up to it.
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Post  brianj555 11/16/2017, 11:45 am

I stumbled on this thread and it was very interesting to see everyone else's numbers.  Any updates?

2 ( 4' x 10' x 12") = 80 Squares
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Post  countrynaturals 11/16/2017, 1:33 pm

@brianj555 wrote:I stumbled on this thread and it was very interesting to see everyone else's numbers.  Any updates?

2 ( 4' x 10' x 12") = 80 Squares
Yup. I still have 72 in the Salad Bar (OS) and now 24 in my new ANSFG bed.  happy turtle Last time I counted containers, but not anymore. They're in a whole different category and difficult to keep track of, so I'll just say "lots."
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Post  countrynaturals 11/16/2017, 1:46 pm

@sanderson wrote:A question on a SFG Facebook page prompted me to find this old thread.  Have your gardens grown shince you posted.  How many sq. ft. do you have?

I started with 28 and now have 119, plus some 5-gallon buckets and 40 ft of BTE.
I'm finished expanding. I have roughly 48' of containers and 155' of BTE, plus 96 sfg squares, and a dozen fruit trees. That's all, Folks! (Not counting microgreens and experiments in the house.)Razz
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Post  sanderson 11/16/2017, 4:11 pm

Still the same as in February.

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Post  brianj555 11/16/2017, 9:44 pm

Wow.  How do you guys find the time to care for all that?  Between my job and my 2 1/2 year old daughter , I’m lucky to get 30 minutes per day and a hour or two each day on the weekends. Now,  I am a teacher so June and July (only work 4 hours a day max) I could care for 5 times as much, but not the rest of the year.
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Post  littlejo 11/18/2017, 4:41 pm

I guess I've not been paying enough attention. Did the older posts get deleted? I guess it really doesn't matter, I just thought I'd compare what I had to start, with what I have now. Jo

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Post  Scorpio Rising 11/18/2017, 7:28 pm

I have 63 square feet.  Some of my original boxes are re-purposed window boxes, about a foot deep but the mix isn’t.  Deep, about 18” rather than 12”...

I am planning on a strawberry box next year.  Might use my 3x7 for berries.  It isn’t my fave as far as depth.  I like a deeper box.
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Post  sanderson 11/19/2017, 8:25 pm

Littlejo, The posts go back to 2011.

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Post  trolleydriver 11/19/2017, 11:24 pm

I am adding 18 squares to my previously reported 153 squares. The new squares are old style SFG which I started to prepare a few weeks ago and which I hope will be useable next Spring. We also have non-SFG veggie/fruit growing areas in our garden.

Total area of SFG (old and new styles) will be 171 sq.ft. for 2018.
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Post  countrynaturals 11/20/2017, 12:37 am

@brianj555 wrote:Wow.  How do you guys find the time to care for all that?  Between my job and my 2 1/2 year old daughter , I’m lucky to get 30 minutes per day and a hour or two each day on the weekends. Now,  I am a teacher so June and July (only work 4 hours a day max) I could care for 5 times as much, but not the rest of the year.
I'm retired with no other responsibilities. happy turtle
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt 11/20/2017, 8:56 am

@brianj555 wrote:Wow.  How do you guys find the time to care for all that?  Between my job and my 2 1/2 year old daughter , I’m lucky to get 30 minutes per day and a hour or two each day on the weekends. Now,  I am a teacher so June and July (only work 4 hours a day max) I could care for 5 times as much, but not the rest of the year.
No kids/pets, and my responsibilities/work are only part time. The garden has eaten into my hobby time and there are chores I don't do as often as I should. I use the dishwasher more than I used to. My garden doesn't get the level of care it would if it were smaller, sometimes things DO get neglected and fail.

Starting most of my seeds inside lessens the amount of daylight hours I would use trying to tend and protect young seedlings outside. The rain was pretty well spaced this year, so I didn't need to spend much time watering. BUT there are a few crops that would have benefited if I had given them more personalized watering (celeriac and crosnes, maybe the carrots.) I also plant a lot of things that, for my garden, are pretty much sow (or transplant) and ignore until harvest time: beans, peas, arugula, parsnips, sunchokes, garlic, onions, many of the herbs (basil needs attention; thyme doesn't), and flowers.

The brassicas take time because of the cabbage pests. Using my Agribon fabric prevented most of the caterpillars in the bed I had covered, but made the bed too humid/shady so I had slug/snail/sowbug problems instead. The tulle-covered bed still had snails, but less sowbug/slug damage and almost no caterpillars (I didn't get it on until midseason.) I need to sew more tulle together for the other beds. And the beets will be moving into the protected brassica beds next year, so they can get protection from the leaf miners. I'm hoping the tulle is fine enough to stop the adult flies from coming to lay eggs...

The nightshades (tomatoes especially, plus fleabeetles on the eggplants) and the squash/cucumbers/melons are the real time eaters for me because of keeping up with the trellising, and pests, and various diseases.
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Post  sanderson 8/13/2018, 4:12 am

I'm bumping this older thread because we have some new folks. For those who have posted here before, how has your SFG changed, if any?

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