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post #1 of 10 Old Jun 17th, 2008, 4:28 pm Thread Starter
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My wife decided to do Square Foot Gardening this year (http://www.squarefootgardening.com/) ... so my spring has been busy: tilling, raking, covering, building raised beds, picking up "surf 'n turf" compost http://www.bensonfarm.com/about.shtml , mixing 1/3 (ea) of compost, vermiculite and peat moss.

007 is the site before we started..what a mess!!

looks much better now though..

we are already harvesting lettuce, spinach, and radishes

PS, the "critter cages" are hinged, and fold back easily for harvesting
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post #2 of 10 Old Jun 17th, 2008, 5:37 pm
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My wife and I have a garden for the first time this year. I must say I was bitching and moaning about it, but it is kinda relaxing and overall fun. I hope she does not read this because then I would have to admit she was right!

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I have a love/hate relationship with gardening. I love the fruits of the labor but hate the labor it takes to make the fruits, at least on a "home garden" scale. Give me a old JD4020 with a 5 blade plow and watch out! Your yard is fair game!

And to Mark: Good looking work thare dude! You'll no doubt enjoy those fruits!

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I really like what you have done, very impressive! You already have nice looking tomato plants!! Our plants were all flooded... I am jealous!! ( Bad year to be in Iowa!! )

I love gardening.... I can't do it here in the city, but my brothers and I take care of a 2 acre garden back at the family farm. It is a lot of hard work up front, but the harvest is "oh soooo goood". It is nice to get away.......

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Mark,

Quite impressive. I can appreciate the work you have involved in it.
I built a box garden three years ago. I seem to rebuild it every year
some way or another. This year all new soil. New and improved design
on the drip system. Dug the boxes deeper for better soil depth.

I live in the desert...and the garden is next to the house so it has a
shade cloth over it's entirety. I also constructed an automatic water
and drip system. Two composters that work well. Just plant and pick.
Very easy once it's planted. I've included a pic.
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Mark,

Quite impressive. I can appreciate the work you have involved in it.
I built a box garden three years ago. I seem to rebuild it every year
some way or another. This year all new soil. New and improved design
on the drip system. Dug the boxes deeper for better soil depth.

I live in the desert...and the garden is next to the house so it has a
shade cloth over it's entirety. I also constructed an automatic water
and drip system. Two composters that work well. Just plant and pick.
Very easy once it's planted. I've included a pic.

Looks great!

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Mark,

Quite impressive. I can appreciate the work you have involved in it.
I built a box garden three years ago. I seem to rebuild it every year
some way or another. This year all new soil. New and improved design
on the drip system. Dug the boxes deeper for better soil depth.

I live in the desert...and the garden is next to the house so it has a
shade cloth over it's entirety. I also constructed an automatic water
and drip system. Two composters that work well. Just plant and pick.
Very easy once it's planted. I've included a pic.

drip irrigation is my next step, as well as automatic timers on the water. Your setup looks great! i sealed the wood with linseed oil, so maybe it will last more than 1 year.

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Mark we should share recipes with all us gardeners!

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Mark

My boxes are constructed from wood flooring out of box cars (trains).
They are thick and treated. They seem to be holding up well...and
if I don't water too much...the wood stays dry.

When we get lots o' tomatoes and peppers...we make GOOD salsa!
It's great to eat peppers with each meal too.


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My wife decided to do Square Foot Gardening this year (http://www.squarefootgardening.com/) ... so my spring has been busy: tilling, raking, covering, building raised beds, picking up "surf 'n turf" compost http://www.bensonfarm.com/about.shtml , mixing 1/3 (ea) of compost, vermiculite and peat moss.

007 is the site before we started..what a mess!!

looks much better now though..

we are already harvesting lettuce, spinach, and radishes

PS, the "critter cages" are hinged, and fold back easily for harvesting
Hmmmm, me thinks Mark misspoke himself. He says his wife decided to Sqaure Foot Gardening. I think he should have said "My wife decided I'm doing Square Foot Gardening". I could be wrong, but I don't think so.

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