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2010-04-06 3:13 PM
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2010-04-07 7:12 AM
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brynn - 2010-04-01 8:21 PM Here is the beginning of my square foot garden. My dad and husband put up the fence and built the boxes, and I did everything else myself. It took two pretty solid days of work on my own. The two square boxes are the only ones planted - one has asparagus, and one has strawberries. I just planted them today so we'll see how it goes!!


Brynn

What type of wood did you use for the boxes?
I am considering this for myself as well.
Love the gate!
2010-04-07 8:04 AM
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trisagain - 2010-04-07 7:12 AM

brynn - 2010-04-01 8:21 PM Here is the beginning of my square foot garden. My dad and husband put up the fence and built the boxes, and I did everything else myself. It took two pretty solid days of work on my own. The two square boxes are the only ones planted - one has asparagus, and one has strawberries. I just planted them today so we'll see how it goes!!


Brynn

What type of wood did you use for the boxes?
I am considering this for myself as well.
Love the gate!


I just used standard pine boards. They were pretty cheap and get the job done! I also used 1 x 6 boards instead of the 2 x 6 suggested in the book. The joints are glued and screwed and seem to be holding up really well so far.

As for the gate, I wanted to do the entire garden fence in that material but it would've cost $300+. So I just got the gate, and it works really well though doesn't exactly match!
2010-04-09 12:23 PM
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my kids helping to plant last years garden.  i havent started this years garden yet, except what grew from my cold frame since winter (spinach, lettuce, carrots, spring onions)



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2010-04-12 7:29 AM
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I potted up some pepper plants last night, and got the last few stragglers from my tomatoes potted up.   Total stands at:

21 Cherry Tomato plants.
21 JetStar Tomato plants.
23 Sweet Banana.
15 Jalapeno

... and about 30 bell pepper plants I still need to pot up.

I'm either going to have to get rid of some... or buy a LOT more gas for the tiller!

I still need to get my spinach, cucumber and bean seeds planted.  I've been slacking outside.

2010-04-12 7:31 AM
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i'll get some pics soon, but i'm seeing some green stuff.  i honestly thought my garden might fail, but sure enough there are some leaves breaking through from the cukes and zukes.  and the herb garden is flourishing - adding fresh green stuff to everything these days!


2010-04-12 8:45 AM
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The strawberry plants are full of little ones.  Once they begin to turn I will post some picks also.  I'm thinking strawberry wine.  Who's up for a glass or two?
2010-04-12 9:19 AM
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I've got a row of broccoli coming up, a carrot or two and hopefully a spinach too which is already 50% more that I got last year.  It's almost time to put some more seed in...
2010-04-12 9:52 AM
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I want to start a small garden but don't really know how down here in the FL heat.  Can anyone help me?  I've tried a little bit before with tomatoes, peppers, beans & some herbs.  I admit I have no idea what I am doing, I plant them, add some kind of natural fertilizer the guy at Home Depot suggested and then try to remember to water.  I always seem to get about 3 tomatoes or one pepper per plant - I'm obviously doing something wrong!  My basil was amazing until the bottom started getting all leggy and it finally just dies little by little.

Anyone have any hot weather growing tips?  Can I grow those things in this sun?  We're moving to a new house in 3 weeks and I'd love to try to grow something there.
2010-04-12 12:20 PM
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cajnrunner - 2010-04-12 6:45 AM The strawberry plants are full of little ones.  Once they begin to turn I will post some picks also.  I'm thinking strawberry wine.  Who's up for a glass or two?


I am!!!! Me! ME! Pick me!   I love strawberries.
2010-04-12 12:51 PM
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cajnrunner - 2010-04-11 9:45 AM The strawberry plants are full of little ones.  Once they begin to turn I will post some picks also.  I'm thinking strawberry wine.  Who's up for a glass or two?



I think Deana Carter would have a glass.  

I've got blooms but no fruits, yet.   plants are struggling a little.


2010-04-12 1:11 PM
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MomX3 - 2010-04-11 10:52 AM I want to start a small garden but don't really know how down here in the FL heat.  Can anyone help me?  I've tried a little bit before with tomatoes, peppers, beans & some herbs.  I admit I have no idea what I am doing, I plant them, add some kind of natural fertilizer the guy at Home Depot suggested and then try to remember to water.  I always seem to get about 3 tomatoes or one pepper per plant - I'm obviously doing something wrong!  My basil was amazing until the bottom started getting all leggy and it finally just dies little by little.

Anyone have any hot weather growing tips?  Can I grow those things in this sun?  We're moving to a new house in 3 weeks and I'd love to try to grow something there.


Are you doing the tomatoes and peppers in containers, or in the ground?  tomatoes need a TON of water.      if you're not watering them enough, that is likely why you're not getting any fruit.   Peppers are more tolerant but still need plenty of water.   If you're growing in containers this becomes more important because the plants can't grow more roots to get water.....

can't really help on the basil....
2010-04-12 1:17 PM
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moondawg14 - 2010-04-12 12:51 PM
cajnrunner - 2010-04-11 9:45 AM The strawberry plants are full of little ones.  Once they begin to turn I will post some picks also.  I'm thinking strawberry wine.  Who's up for a glass or two?



I think Deana Carter would have a glass.  

I've got blooms but no fruits, yet.   plants are struggling a little.


Sha can have two!  If I can keep the squirrels from stealing all of mine, it looks like it might be a good year. 
2010-04-12 1:36 PM
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MomX3 - 2010-04-12 8:52 AM I want to start a small garden but don't really know how down here in the FL heat.  Can anyone help me?  I've tried a little bit before with tomatoes, peppers, beans & some herbs.  I admit I have no idea what I am doing, I plant them, add some kind of natural fertilizer the guy at Home Depot suggested and then try to remember to water.  I always seem to get about 3 tomatoes or one pepper per plant - I'm obviously doing something wrong!  My basil was amazing until the bottom started getting all leggy and it finally just dies little by little.

Anyone have any hot weather growing tips?  Can I grow those things in this sun?  We're moving to a new house in 3 weeks and I'd love to try to grow something there.

You didn't let the basil flower did you?  Even if you're not going to use it I think you're supposed to keep it cut to keep it from flowering.  If you're in Florida maybe you could plant an orange grove in your backyard.  Fresh oj every morning would be sweet.
2010-04-12 2:00 PM
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Thanks for the advice.  I had everything int he ground.  I probably wasn't watering enough - the summer here is so hot I bet they need tons of water.  I'm sure I let the basil flower - like I said, I have no idea what I'm doing!  Now that we're moving to a new place I think I will have a chance to find a shadier spot which might help.

I don't think our new yard has any fruit trees, I know my kids will miss the mango tree we have now!  We don't have any orange trees left, everyone had to cut them down when they had a citus canker scare.  I'm sure we're allowed to plant them again by now though.  If the landlord will let us and there's room I'd love to plant seom fruit trees - mango, orange, lemon, lime!
2010-04-12 2:28 PM
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X2 on the water, especially for the toms!

Can you get your hands on some shredded leaves?  If you mulch the ground around your veggies with those, they will act as a weed barrier, add nutrients to the soil, and slow evaporation.  (DON'T mulch with wood chips; they will make your plants mold and TAKE nutrients from the soil.)  Alternately you could spread an inch of compost to do the same thing.

Basil should do fine.  It likes the heat. 


2010-04-12 3:20 PM
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I don't know if this is exactly the right thread for this, but I'm going to try to raise some honey bees!  I'm super stoked about it.  I have a deposit down on three packages of bees so I can start three hives.  They're due at the end of May.  Looking forward to pure, natural honey and beeswax candles!

Not sure exactly what I'm going to plant in the garden.  Had terrible luck last year.  The critters ate most everything.  This year we put a fence up.  I'm thinking the standard stuff.  Maters, squash, green beans.  May even get crazy and try something like cantaloupe.

I want to try growing a few heirloom tomatoes.  Does anybody know anything about them?  Are they more difficult to grow than regular maters?



2010-04-12 3:50 PM
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CitySky - 2010-04-12 3:28 PM X2 on the water, especially for the toms!

Can you get your hands on some shredded leaves?  If you mulch the ground around your veggies with those, they will act as a weed barrier, add nutrients to the soil, and slow evaporation.  (DON'T mulch with wood chips; they will make your plants mold and TAKE nutrients from the soil.)  Alternately you could spread an inch of compost to do the same thing.

Basil should do fine.  It likes the heat. 


Oh - I totally used regular mulch! 
2010-04-12 4:31 PM
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MomX3 - 2010-04-12 1:00 PM Thanks for the advice.  I had everything int he ground.  I probably wasn't watering enough - the summer here is so hot I bet they need tons of water.  I'm sure I let the basil flower - like I said, I have no idea what I'm doing!  Now that we're moving to a new place I think I will have a chance to find a shadier spot which might help.

I don't think our new yard has any fruit trees, I know my kids will miss the mango tree we have now!  We don't have any orange trees left, everyone had to cut them down when they had a citus canker scare.  I'm sure we're allowed to plant them again by now though.  If the landlord will let us and there's room I'd love to plant seom fruit trees - mango, orange, lemon, lime!

Mmmm.  Rainbow Sherbet.
2010-05-03 7:52 AM
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Had to dig deep into page 6 for this one... I guess everyone's busy in the garden!


Had 2 strawberries last night.... they were AWESOME.   I was putting up the bird netting and found a couple that were ready to go.  

Thinking about getting a drip irrigation system for the tomato/pepper/strawberry plants.   Anyone use these?
2010-05-03 8:06 AM
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Thanks for bumping, moondawg.  What do people use to keep insects away?  Lots of leafy stuff coming up but starting to get a little chewed up.  Because my garden is so tiny, I don't mind chemicals, but would prefer something more "clean" and "friendly."


2010-05-03 8:13 AM
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skiplong - 2010-04-12 4:20 PM

I don't know if this is exactly the right thread for this, but I'm going to try to raise some honey bees!  I'm super stoked about it.  I have a deposit down on three packages of bees so I can start three hives.  They're due at the end of May.  Looking forward to pure, natural honey and beeswax candles!

Not sure exactly what I'm going to plant in the garden.  Had terrible luck last year.  The critters ate most everything.  This year we put a fence up.  I'm thinking the standard stuff.  Maters, squash, green beans.  May even get crazy and try something like cantaloupe.

I want to try growing a few heirloom tomatoes.  Does anybody know anything about them?  Are they more difficult to grow than regular maters?





Are you a homebrewer? Mead... You need an alcohol resistant wine or chamapgne yeast to get it to ferment. It's so nice! Still retains the floral characteristic of the honey, but comes out nice and dry w/ delicate tiny bubbles.

I had a beekeeper give me 5lbs of honey one year and the mead was unbelieveable. I have since quit brewing, but, for the right reasons, might start again.

Bee colonies are very cool. My friend keeps 2 boxes and they're facinating to watch.
2010-05-03 10:23 AM
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Almost finished transferring all the seedlings outside.  Summer has arrive a bit early up in NE this year.  90 degrees yesterday.  I don't think I have to worry about anymore frost.  Let the growing begin.

2010-05-03 12:01 PM
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meherczeg - 2010-05-02 9:06 AM Thanks for bumping, moondawg.  What do people use to keep insects away?  Lots of leafy stuff coming up but starting to get a little chewed up.  Because my garden is so tiny, I don't mind chemicals, but would prefer something more "clean" and "friendly."


Neem Oil.   It's a natural pesticide/fungicide.   Buy the concentrate and a sprayer at your local big-box store. 
2010-05-03 12:06 PM
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skiplong - 2010-04-11 4:20 PM I don't know if this is exactly the right thread for this, but I'm going to try to raise some honey bees!  I'm super stoked about it.  I have a deposit down on three packages of bees so I can start three hives.  They're due at the end of May.  Looking forward to pure, natural honey and beeswax candles!

Not sure exactly what I'm going to plant in the garden.  Had terrible luck last year.  The critters ate most everything.  This year we put a fence up.  I'm thinking the standard stuff.  Maters, squash, green beans.  May even get crazy and try something like cantaloupe.

I want to try growing a few heirloom tomatoes.  Does anybody know anything about them?  Are they more difficult to grow than regular maters?





Heirloom tomatoes might be slightly harder to grow than hybrids, mainly because they're not bred for anything except their taste.     Hybrids are bred to combine the best qualities of other varieties, including taste, but also disease resistance, heat tolerance, bug resistance, etc, etc.

I wanted to get some bees, but the wife put the kybosh on that.   Didn't want the kids getting stung.   oh well, maybe when they're older.
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