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2/19/12 5:59 P

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My main advice to a new gardener is to start on the small side. It may not look big, but you'll feel really good about how nice it looks and how much you get out of it when you can keep up with it. Have GREAT fun!




“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living on a small piece of land...” - Abraham Lincoln

"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.
Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them--every day begin the task anew."
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2/19/12 3:38 P

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You are so kind to be concerned about your neighbors. : )

If you want to encourage your neighbor's great grand daughter and have a chain link fence, you can make or buy a straight-sided planter box (6" x no longer than 6') you can drill holes (how many depends on the length of the box) toward the top of the box and attach to the fence using large "S" hooks.

You can put it at her height and raise it as she grows. This is what I'm going to do with my neighbor's 2 YO son this year. I can't wait.

I have seen women looking at jewelry ads with a misty eye and one hand resting on the heart, and I only know what they're feeling because that's how I read the seed catalogs in January.

Barbara Kingsolver - Animal, Vegetable, Miracle


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2/19/12 2:05 P

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My little one grew up, I was actually thinking about my neighbor's great grand daughter who learned to walk last summer. She'll be there this coming summer, too, and with our fruit trees so close to her I can't see spraying poison on them! Our neighbors to the other side are college students who always have puppies and dogs----I don't want to hurt them, either!!!

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2/19/12 1:52 P

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LOL MARAUDE. I'm glad you're so enthusiastic about SFG (I'm a certified SFG teacher and have a SFG-based business). Not sure if you knew that Mel broke his hip & femur a few months ago, but has healed and has taught in CA and FL in the past couple of months. That guy is AMAZING!

Yep, vertical gardening is a GREAT option for maximizing space. I know GYPSYBLUE1 that you don't really have a concern with saving space, but I threw small-space, high-intensity out only because you mentioned pets & little ones. When my guys were little, my TIME was the most precious resource I had.

I have seen women looking at jewelry ads with a misty eye and one hand resting on the heart, and I only know what they're feeling because that's how I read the seed catalogs in January.

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GARBLEDEEGOOK Posts: 609
2/19/12 12:27 P

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That reminds me, everyone of my raised beds has a trellis on the north side for climbers :) I make them with electrical piping, nylon netting, 2 rebars to go in the earth and zip ties for the net; cheap! Taken right out of the SFG method again.

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2/19/12 12:02 P

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Don't forget that vertical gardening can save space and interest to a flower garden. My newest vertical venture this year will be to use old bicycle wheels to create a climber for pole beans. Talk about easy to pick and lovely varietal choices!

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GARBLEDEEGOOK Posts: 609
2/19/12 11:53 A

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I'm not into row gardening and having more than I can handle to eat and in terms of labor. So I went with raised beds instead of messing with my soil and added the soil I wanted based on the Square Foot Gardening method by Mel Bartholomew. There is also another method wich is called Lasagna Gardening which has a book out there which could be combined with the raised beds idea; I'm thinking about that, but haven't had the time so back to the SFG mix :) Check your library.

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2/19/12 11:37 A

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Hi, welcome to the team.
Feeding the soil is a major step in organic gardening. Lots of organic matter in the soil will help everything grow better. So start composting. It is easier than most people think. Just make sure that you use only plant material and try not to let too many seeds get in it. You can buy or build a bin or buy a barrel type comoster that turns to contain all the things you put into your compost pile.
Now that organic gardening is moving into the mainstream of gardening, there is a lot more information and products out there to help out.
Let us know if you have any questions, we will be glad to help out.

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2/19/12 11:30 A

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You may enjoy a small-space, high-intensity garden method which will cut out a LOT of work, saves water and really looks nice.

I have seen women looking at jewelry ads with a misty eye and one hand resting on the heart, and I only know what they're feeling because that's how I read the seed catalogs in January.

Barbara Kingsolver - Animal, Vegetable, Miracle


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2/19/12 10:52 A

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I am interested in organic gardening---there's just too many pets and little ones around to be spraying poison all over! I have some help with the labor, but need ideas on how to start! I have a nicely sized garden plot, able to expand it, plus little spots around the yard to put flowers or other vegetables! Our soil is basicly gravel pit, so it does drain well!! I welcome any and all advice!

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