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Topic Title: Square Foot Gardening method
Topic Summary: the method saves land and precious water
Created On: 03/31/2020 05:44 AM
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 03/31/2020 05:44 AM
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dab

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Thinking about growing some edibles using this method again. I used it in CA and we had more fresh food than we could eat. I think it could be a bit more challenging here. Probably need some kind of netting.


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 03/31/2020 05:55 AM
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I built a 4x6 raised bed along the west side of my place, and it keeps us in tomatoes during the season and a host of fresh herbs for cooking. Very low maintenance.

Good quality compost has paid off huge.
Scott is a surfer and he's got the Kind. http://www.melbournebeachfl.or...rth-composting-program

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 03/31/2020 09:47 AM
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That's good to know Rusty. Most of the soil sources are suspect for petrochemicals.

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 03/31/2020 12:24 PM
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This is an easy design for 8ft, even easier if you shorten it to 6. I've built two 8's and one 6, and it's a fun job, just be careful with metal cutting, razor city!

http://communitygardennet.wixs...to-build-a-raised-bed

Runs $100 in material, but the main cost is good soil.

Having fresh herbs and green onions at the ready for cooking is awesome; plus you can't hardly buy a real tomato anymore.


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 03/31/2020 12:50 PM
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Great design. It is however a good thing that the deer population has been decimated here on the coast. The design Height would keep deer from getting a neck creak while eating everything.

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 03/31/2020 01:04 PM
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No deer here but I've lost a couple 'maters to squirrels. Little bastages take a few bites and that's it. I'd rather they take the whole fruit if they're hungry. Wife says we have to share.

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 04/01/2020 07:58 AM
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It may be advantages to use shade screen On 5 sides to limit leaf burn and to make it a bit more difficult for critters to access. Having boxes to attach a frame to will make that easier to accomplish.

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 04/02/2020 09:08 AM
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If you made it height adjustable you could fine tune it for seasons - more shade summer, less winter. Damn good idea, thanks.

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 04/02/2020 11:06 AM
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Yes thx, sun Angle is critical. Apparently red-leaf Lettuce needs less sun light. So, adjustability is a great idea. Thx!

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