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 Post subject: AK SFG progress
PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 7:54 pm 
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Had a hail storm last night, some damage but plants still green.

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 Post subject: Re: AK SFG progress
PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2009 10:27 am 
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Everything is doing so well. That lettuce looks yummy!


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 Post subject: Re: AK SFG progress
PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 6:47 am 
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Every thing looks great. Do you have any photos for comparison of conventional style to the SFG style?

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 Post subject: Re: AK SFG progress
PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 2:41 pm 
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Hi John;
Comparison photos?
Yes but it may take some time to round them up, (previous years photos).
How ever, weather plays a large part ( years average temps vary ) This years weather has been much better than last year (several degrees warmer).
What I did this year was plant some in raised soil boxes (SFG) and some with the raised soil beds.
The main difference so far was that I was able to plant in the SFG beds earlier (soil temps higher in the boxes). About 2 weeks earlier in the SFG boxes so a comparison will have to be done later in the year. no doubt I'l be eating veggies earlier than before but growth size remains to be determined.
Weeds are also less with SFG but moisture retention in the soil is an issue in the SFG boxes.
SFG in the end is less work after "set up" (all but the watering)

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 Post subject: Re: AK SFG progress
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Maybe you need a drip system now. :mrgreen: You need some more projects, don't you?

I wonder if mixing some of your garden soil in with the compost when the boxes area empty would give it more moisture holding ability, especially if it has some clay content.


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 Post subject: Re: AK SFG progress
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L2, Good idea
I thought of that but too late. Maybe next year but I think by next year the compost will settle, compress & compact over winter.

Soil temps in the boxes are 5 deg warmer than garden soil, the ones I coverer with clear plastic are 10 degrees warmer.
John some comparison pics I took today: (1 gallon milk jug for size reference )

broccoli (was planted different times
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lettuce Planted different times
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Celery Planted same time
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Kale planted same time
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Brussels sprouts planted same time (Really like the warmer temps too)
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 Post subject: Re: AK SFG progress
PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:13 am 
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Just a plain soaker hose would work well since your plants are in a straight row, quick and easy to do. Also, a mulch would help retain some of the moisture too and keep weeds down, but maybe you don't have a weed problem like I do.


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 Post subject: Re: AK SFG progress
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L2
I may try the mulch idea. That may help. I'll have to wait on some of the plants to get taller (carrots, beets, turnips etc) but a good idea.
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 Post subject: Re: AK SFG progress
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You're welcome. I hope it helps! I like using straw myself. It has less weed seeds than hay does.

I'm going to get some tomatoes in the ground tomorrow and they'll have dried grass clippings as a mulch since we've been dumping them in that garden area to smother the weeds and grass that came in over the winter. If I'd mulch it in the fall, I wouldn't get so many weeds in the spring, but I have other demands on my time then.


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 Post subject: Re: AK SFG progress
PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 2:12 am 
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Eating lettuce, spinach & green onions. (Great salads) (notice to heads missing on the R of lettuce row)
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 Post subject: Re: AK SFG progress
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Yum! I have some lettuce about ready to harvest, but that it since I haven't been able to do much in the garden this year. Does your granddaughter like the fresh produce? I'd think she would after helping you.


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 Post subject: Re: AK SFG progress
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Hi L2
She loves it all. When she comes to the garden she rolls up some spinach leaves (calls it spinach roll ups). Loves the cucs strait or in the salad. She helps pollenate the cucs, says her eyes are better than mine.
Her favorite is fresh peas out of the pod. When they get ready she'll grab several & walk around eating them like candy. (which is good cause she ain't asking questions while eating :)

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 Post subject: Re: AK SFG progress
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I didn't make much sense in my first sentence! Too much stress the past couple of months. :shock:

It sounds like you and your granddaughter have a good time in the garden. Mine used to graze in the garden too, before the influence of friends. Sugar snap peas were a favorite of young and old. They liked their cherry tomatoes that they grew for several years. They still like them, but don't like to grow them. Maybe they'll get back to it in their future. Lemon cukes are another favorite of one. The other developed too many bitter sensing taste buds, so she doesn't like them any more.

Questions are a good thing. :mrgreen: In the near future, you'll be asking the questions, as you're probably well aware of. :D Enjoy her.


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 Post subject: Re: AK SFG progress
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 4:01 am 
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Doing well. Lots of lettuce, onions, radishes, spinach, chard. Broccoli starting to head. Zuc female blooms but no males yet (& I love to pollenate)


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 Post subject: Re: AK SFG progress
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Everything looks great! I'd say your boxes and compost were a success.


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 Post subject: Re: AK SFG progress
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:46 am 
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bogydave wrote:
Doing well. Lots of lettuce, onions, radishes, spinach, chard. Broccoli starting to head. Zuc female blooms but no males yet (& I love to pollenate)


What is the temp in AK now? I'm glad all your veg are doing good. We already harvested all those kinds of vegetables. However, now the days are topping 95 to 100 so...

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 Post subject: Re: AK SFG progress
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Today 60s / 45 at night - cloudy & patchy rain
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?zoneid=AKZ111

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 Post subject: Re: AK SFG progress
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Bogy your garden is gorgeous! You have the AK VG goin' on!

GAH! I am so over these ladybugs... if I find 1 more landing on my head I am gonna scream! (Sorry... we have had a cloud of them here for days. They are getting into everything! One just landed on my keyboardand surprised me.)

Have you been keeping track of how much you have harvested so far?


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 Post subject: Re: AK SFG progress
PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 10:10 pm 
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Thanks WiggleIt

Not keeping track, give lots of lettuce away when it comes in, can only eat so much

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 Post subject: Re: AK SFG progress
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The garden is looking fabulous, Dave. When do you expect your first frost? At the rate you're growing stuff, looks like you'll have it all in by the end of July!

All that hauling and turning of HM is paying off!

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 Post subject: Re: AK SFG progress
PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2009 11:44 pm 
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Figured time for update photo
Have had to compost lots of lettuce, can only eat so much, was getting ready to bolt
planted new starts in their place.
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 Post subject: Re: AK SFG progress
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It looks great, quite a change from you former gardens. Is there a box size you prefer now that you've planted them all?


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 Post subject: Re: AK SFG progress
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bogydave wrote:
Thanks WiggleIt

Not keeping track, give lots of lettuce away when it comes in, can only eat so much


I had a lot of lettuce last Spring too. I got on internet and found recipe for lettuce I never even though about, such as lettuce in soups, use like other greens, and if you put your lettuce heads in damp paper towels in fridge they will last longer, up to 2 weeks. Also wilted lettuce salad, and I also found stir fry lettuce. I don't know how much lettuce you had probably more than I did, I'm sure. But it was a lot to use in a short period of time. This fall I hope to grow more lettuce, romaine we grow.

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