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Ways to Build Square Foot Gardens Affordably 10 Replies

Started by Bridget Laundra. Last reply by Vicky Myers Aug 12, 2012.

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Started by Pam Duczkowski MI-Z4. Last reply by Anna Benner-Hellmann Jul 30, 2012.

Growing Up

Started by Patrick A. Goss SC Zone 7a Jan 26, 2012.

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Comment by Paula Allen Zone 5 on August 26, 2010 at 7:44pm
I want to start on my square foot garden now. To late I know. I plan on buying the things I need to build the box. I already have the compost part and tons of seeds.
Comment by Paula Allen Zone 5 on August 18, 2010 at 9:30pm
I checked out All New Square Foot Gardening at my local labrary. I read the 1st chapter then went on line and bought it. This I know I can do. It almost seems to good to be true. But I have seen some of these gardens on UTube and they do work. It is going to take my husband to see for himself how the garden grows to beleave it. Cant wait.
Comment by Deanna Collins z4/MT on August 17, 2010 at 8:40pm
Well, I have a question for you Sq Ft gardeners out there. We live in Billings, MT (approximately Zone 4). We had a big hail storm on Father's Day that damaged our roof, siding and fence. Though only one of our five tomato plants, one of our two bell pepper plants, and one yellow squash plant were totaled, along with the lettuce and spinach, the rest of them are acting as if they have a disease. the leaves are dusty gray in spots and they are not putting out much in the way of shoots. We have gotten a few tomatoes, a couple of peppers so far, but nothing really big. We also had a very late growing season. We were not able to plant the above until June. Just wondering if the hail would have caused any of these problems. Some of the hail was up to softball size! Help!!!
Comment by Paula Allen Zone 5 on August 17, 2010 at 8:36pm
I wonder if you could use composit decking planks?
Comment by Paula Allen Zone 5 on August 17, 2010 at 8:32pm
I ordered a book for square foot gardening. I think this will work out well for me. It seems like you can keep better track on what you have planted. Ive promised myself to lable and date what I plant this spring.
Comment by Helene Stovall on March 21, 2010 at 4:52pm
I am in northern California, where the temp gets up to 112 through the summer. I have a garden 24x27. anyone else trying to grow in extreme temps?
Comment by Alice MacArthur on March 14, 2010 at 5:37pm
I spent this weekend dividing up my 3 - 4' x 10' raised beds into 1 foot squares. I used thin marine twine that is orange so it's easy to see. I planted onions, carrots and radishes and am really excited to replant my radishes and have fresh ones all growing season!
Comment by Anisah David on January 7, 2010 at 12:46am
I've got sort of an odd solution for the fruit tree shoots. Propagate them! Cut them as young shoots & put them in pots with some root hormone. If they come thru the transfer, you can donate them to others who might appreciate a hardy tree that grows well in the local area. Mind you, I'm one who'd love a chance to have an apple tree! As for barriers, here in So. Dakota people are using old carpeting to make weed barriers in new windrows. Its one of the few things that keep the crab grass from taking over. SO they cut a hole for the little tree to grow in, while the rest of the area is carpeted with old soiled toss-away carpeting. Thing seems to work really well as a barrier & allows the moister to seep through. I'd think it would also work for tree shoots in areas you want to limit their growing, but could place raised beds on top of the carpeting. Just an idea. That way you don't loose the actually space, just the earth under the carpet.
Comment by Perry Rosenfeld on January 3, 2010 at 11:01am
Violet you can definitely grow fruits up a trellis or line. My vericle supports are galvanized pipe and jute threads for the plants to grasp or be trained up. I have personally grown cantaloupes this way. Plants grown vertically need more water, but stay cleaner and more disease free.
Comment by Lee Ann Phillips Zone 7B N.TX on November 17, 2009 at 8:39am
Hey Violet: I think cardboard dividers won't work-like you said, they'll get wet and mushy and disintegrate very fast. If I was going to do a square-foot garden, I'd use some old vinyl slats from window blinds, or you could probably either buy the cheaper blinds or find some at a garage sale. They are easy to cut. Or get some molding strips from the 'dump bin' at the lumber store. They're usually wood, but would be better than cardboard.
 

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