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Mark's first SFG

I bought my tall markers at Home Depot. I also have a huge collection of 4" and 5" small plastic markers for the seed cups. I have found that the old yellow #2 pencil on the "rough" side of both types of the markers is the only one that lasts. I wash mine after use (yes, the bottoms are permanently MM stained), and stick the small ones back in their seed packets.
by sanderson
on 10/12/2020, 3:09 am
 
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Mark's first SFG

@markqz wrote:. . Here you can see that Mel's mix is so powerful that marigolds and vegetables popped up over night: . . . Or maybe I transplanted them from SFG #2. Maybe.
Wink
by sanderson
on 3/10/2020, 3:04 am
 
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Vermiculite (size/grade) question

I just looked at my bag of vermiculite. Therm-o-rock #2 coarse grade. The #3 is medium grade. So you can see the labeling is different for each company, this one being in Arizona.
by sanderson
on 9/22/2019, 4:46 am
 
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Vermiculite (size/grade) question

CherylLun, You may have Medium or Fine if the vermiculite is the size of a broken-off piece of #2 pencil lead. Coarse is the best for Mel's Mix. I'll try to take a photo tomorrow of coarse vermiculite in my hand. Meanwhile, contract your supplier to discuss your concern that it is too fine to be coarse. The term "agriculture grade" doesn't mean anything regarding the size.

Grade 3 is what you would want from this company. https://www.uline.com/BL_3801/Vermiculite?keywords=Vermiculite

Or, this product from Amazon with free shipping. https://www.amazon.com/Coarse-Vermiculite-cubic-foot-bag/dp/B015RXB9HW/ref=sr_1_11?crid=1UO5FPJULI21Q&keywords=vermiculite&qid=1569138270&s=gateway&sprefix=vermicu%2Caps%2C202&sr=8-11
by sanderson
on 9/22/2019, 3:45 am
 
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The SFG Journey-Johnson Su Bioreactor for composting, No turning

I about hurt myself this evening when watering the J-Su bin wearing some slip-on bedroom slippers.  I have a layer of straw mulch on the surface to slow evaporation.  Well, I'm up next to it, watering with the hose wand, when a mouse jumps up out of the straw and runs in my direction. affraid   I jumped backwards, off a 4" ledge, losing both slippers and almost fell down.  #2 reason to end my illustrious carrier of making compost.  Razz

Note: The core is still warm at 140*F with 5" in from the sides at 122*F.
by sanderson
on 7/12/2019, 4:06 am
 
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Gardening Should Be Fun

Why is SFG better than row gardening #2? "I don't want to hoe weeds." - Mel Bartholomew

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by sanderson
on 6/30/2019, 1:22 pm
 
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Topic: Gardening Should Be Fun
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Hi from Colorado! Qs about mapping squares

Hi Christy, Welcome to the Forum from California! glad you\'re here

The first year should be about learning how each variety grows. Do plant vining and tall tomatoes on the north or west trellised side. Short stuff on the south or east side. Summer squash in the southern corners so they can spread out over the side of the bed. As far as crop rotation, I have no choice as to where I plant the summer peppers each year, or tall vining winter squash, cucumbers, cantaloupe, and beans. While it is a good thing to rotate beds, it has worked out okay for me to NOT rotate. Being in zone 9A, I have summer crops and winter crops with only a few small things like lettuce and radishes where I will harvest, then add more compost and plant another seed in the same spot. You will get the swing of things and each year you will be more and more comfortable with your SFG.

Having more than one bed in the garden area can help with crop rotation. Plants you grew in Bed #1 can be grown in Bed #2 next year. Etc.

When you get your plot plan sketched and penciled in, you can post it here and folks will help if there is anything critical. We love photos so don't be shy! Wink
by sanderson
on 1/29/2019, 6:41 pm
 
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Topic: Hi from Colorado! Qs about mapping squares
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Math Question

This is for those who like math.

Question #1:

I have 6.75 cubic feet of homemade compost.  I have 150 sq. ft. that will need 2" of compost in the next few months.  How much compost will I need to make to top all of the 150 squares?

Question #2:

The tumbler holds 80 gallons which results in about half that amount of usable compost. How many batches will I have to make to have enough compost for the above bed amending?
by sanderson
on 6/4/2018, 1:32 am
 
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Compost Heaps

A third bin is also great. Turn #2 into #3. Turn #1 into #2. Repeat going backwards. Or a third bin for finished compost.

Have you started looking for bagged composts in case you need to supplement? Have you looked at this thread? https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t21089-recommended-store-bought-compost?highlight=compost
by sanderson
on 9/24/2017, 4:52 pm
 
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California - What are you doing this month?

Ever write a reply, complete with photos, and forget to send or save draft? Shocked  So here goes another try.

I emptied Tumbler batch #3 this evening after 21 days and I am very happy.  It smells good and the only lumps are actual horse pucks that didn't break up.  Only 101*F at 6:30*F.  Tumbler batch #4 will be built tomorrow after Ken mows the new bedding straw and I cut up five 5-gallon buckets of tonight's haul of culls from the Farmers' Market.  I've already done the Starbuck's puck dance.   happy banana  Expected 104*F tomorrow.   pale  Topics tagged under 2 on Square Foot Gardening Forum Compos17
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Compare to lumpy #2 after 35 days. Topics tagged under 2 on Square Foot Gardening Forum Compos18
by sanderson
on 8/26/2017, 12:57 am
 
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Tips for compost tumbler

@trolleydriver wrote:And if that does not work this thing may find itself advertised on kijiji.

Razz  I know how you feel.  My Tumbler #1 stuff that was a bust is stored in the holey 33-gallon can.  Just siting there. tongue I hope #4 turns out as good as lumpy #2 and less-lumpy #3.
by sanderson
on 8/25/2017, 7:17 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Bin #2 (SoilSaver) - Temps for 3 days - 134, 146, 147F - nice!

Bin #3 (EnviroCycle) - Remains steady with 3 day temps of 103, 107, 106F.


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by trolleydriver
on 7/19/2017, 3:06 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

#2 is really taking off!
by sanderson
on 7/16/2017, 11:41 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Bin #2 (plastic SoilSaver) has been reloaded with the second batch for 2017. Temperature after loading was 70F on Friday July 14. Then yesterday it was up to 110F and today it's at 132F.

Bin #3 (EnviroCycle tumbler) continues to hover around 100F with temps of 102, 100 and 102 over the last three readings.

Outside temperature at the time of the readings was 77F.


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by trolleydriver
on 7/16/2017, 1:38 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

For June 7 we have Bin #1 at 83F (up slightly) and Bin #2 at 74F (down again).

I have decided to halt temperature readings in Bin #2 and will screen the contents. It may be too soon but we will see.  The results of screening will be shown in photos in the "Third Year SFG in Canada" thread.

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t21190p275-third-year-sfg-in-canada

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by trolleydriver
on 6/7/2017, 1:19 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Very little change over the past 24 hours.  Bin #1 - 80F and Bin #2 - 78F.

The weather today is miserable, cool, rainy, windy and a temperature of only 52F.


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by trolleydriver
on 6/6/2017, 12:15 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

June 5,  Bin #1 - 78F and Bin #2 - 81F.

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by trolleydriver
on 6/5/2017, 12:49 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Looks like it will be a slow climb to higher temperatures for Bin #1.  After turning yesterday it was at 69F and now, over 24 hours later, it has only managed to get up to 73F.

Bin #2 continues its temperature decline and is now at 82F.


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by trolleydriver
on 6/4/2017, 3:37 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

@sanderson wrote:Bin #1 is doing pretty good.  I know it is hard to turn properly every other day, but I think you would have had a banner Berkeley batch.  My restarted Berkeley never took off.  Maybe the contents were further along in composting to heat up, even with blood meal.  It s now topping off all the beds as mulch. Laughing

Bin #2.  When will you finish adding material?  The temps have been good for a bin.

Bin #1 - There have been too many other things going on so I did not have time to turn it frequently. Plus the weather has been wet. If it does not heat up well after yesterday's turning I may let it cool and then screen the contents for compost. The leftover big stuff will be used for top dressing as you did. Then I'll try to start a new pile with the leaves I saved from last year, plus grass clippings, coffee grounds, a little horse manure, etc.

Bin #2 - I think I'll leave it for a few days then empty and screen the contents. Hopefully there will be some compost that I can use.
by trolleydriver
on 6/4/2017, 6:46 am
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Bin #1 is doing pretty good.  I know it is hard to turn properly every other day, but I think you would have had a banner Berkeley batch.  My restarted Berkeley never took off.  Maybe the contents were further along in composting to heat up, even with blood meal.  It s now topping off all the beds as mulch. Laughing

Bin #2.  When will you finish adding material? The temps have been good for a bin.
by sanderson
on 6/4/2017, 2:01 am
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

The cool ambient temperature and wind, plus available time, has made June 3rd a good day for turning the contents of Bin #1. By my count this is day 25 for this bin.

Bin #1 105F before turning and 69F after turning. Outside ambient temp 57F.

Bin #2 87F.  I need to decide what to do with the contents of this bin. I usually add kitchen scraps on a regular basis but have not done that for some time.


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by trolleydriver
on 6/3/2017, 12:32 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

June 2:  Bin #1 - 120F and Bin #2 - 96F.

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by trolleydriver
on 6/2/2017, 12:15 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

June 1st temps are Bin #1 - 128F and Bin #2 - 102F.

Yesterdays poking and stirring did not stop the temperature decline.


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by trolleydriver
on 6/1/2017, 2:45 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Bin #1 131F and Bin #2 107F.

After taking the temperature measurements I used a length of reinforcing rod to poke holes in the compost material and stir the material a bit by moving the rod around in a widening circle in each hole.  I did this for both bins since I don't have time right now to turn the materials properly.

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by trolleydriver
on 5/31/2017, 2:09 pm
 
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