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5/26/09 7:39 P

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Regarding your square foot gardening, it sounds like something similiar that we are doing. It is the homemade version of the Earthbox. We use a 30 gallon or larger plastic tote. It is built with a water reservoir and the special soil mixture you mentioned. The greatest feature is you water through a pipe and fertilize once, cover with plastic, no weeding. Our plants look great! We will only have to water and harvest now. You can google earthboxes and see how it works. This is our first year and we are quite happy with it. Neither my husband or I can do the heavy garden work. We also fabricated our own topsy turvy tomato planter with galvanized pails. At this point our earthboxes are producing better results with the tomatoes. We have one earthbox with 20 stalks of corn growing quite nicely.

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5/26/09 2:11 P

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Hahahaha well I only followed the book. 1/3 peat, 1/3 coarse vermiculite, 1/3 compost. It was a devil to find the vermiculate but I finally got it on-line (the book was insistent that it be coarse vermiculite). Then mixing the three - geesh - not so easy.

But now that it is done all I have to do is add compost each time I replant. Mel (the author) says the mix it the key. We shall see. Our soil here doesn't grow much naturally without severe digging and mixing every year - nope, not me. These raised gardens are a snap to care for b/c the soil is never walked on so it doesn't get packed down or clumped.

The hard part was putting it all together and even that wasn't too hard. We built a box in an afternoon. Now, according to the book, with a little water, a small amount of weeding (thank you birds) and good light, we should be able to sit back and wait for harvest. And next year, we only have to add compost and replant.

As I say, we shall see. hahahahaha

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5/26/09 1:29 P

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ha ha! you take the time to work on the soil mixture...I don't bother! But now we have moved our compost bin to a sunny spot, so before long I'll have some good nutrients to spread around the plants!

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Well, I could never be accused of having a green thumb! Just ask my poor house plants. But this system seems to be working. I think it has to do with the soil mixture. Time will tell whether or not I kill anything off! :-)

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5/26/09 11:05 A

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I hear ya! Keep trying...I've had many failures growing veggies. Tomatoes are the easiest; basil is easy, you just need to snip off those flowery things on the ends once in a while. Mint is SUPER easy, but it must be in a pot...grows like a weed.

Sure hope my 2 corn stalks do something!

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5/25/09 10:02 P

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I can't grow anything! I kill everything I try to grow. I have a brown (or a black) thumb! lol

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5/25/09 12:35 P

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Hey sounds really great! i like the idea of the square foot garden Sue!
I bet your garden looks really great!

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5/25/09 11:50 A

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whoa! most impressive! Spinach...hmmm...I'd like to try growing some.

Oh, what's really fun is we have one of those "topsy turvys". Last year, we had an upside down tomato plant. Grew quite well that way. Nothing in it now, but we'll get something going there.

I'm thinking a nice piece of fish on the BBQ today...and of course bring on the grilled zucchini!

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5/25/09 11:46 A

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I am trying my hand at the Square Foot Garden technique. You build 4 foot by 4
foot square box, fill it with a particular blend of soils, and then mark off a grid so that there are 16 one-foot squares. Then you plant something different in each square.

In my two boxes (36 squares) I am growing lots of things and they are all doing well (so far). I have tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, two kinds of onions, carrots, radishes, 3 kinds of lettuces, spinach, kale (the only one not doing real well), pole beans, snow peas, potatoes (going great guns!) eggplant, rosemary, thyme, oregano, cilantro, parsley, basil, pansies, impatiens, geraniums and petunias. I have two containers that each have a patio blueberry in them. And one container each of chives and spearmint. (kept these separate so they don't overtake the garden)

Been eating my own lettuce and spinach for a while and the radishes are just now ready. HAve tiny tomatoes, peppers and zucchinis on the vines. OOOOO Harvest will taste so good by mid-late June! YUM!

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5/25/09 11:17 A

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I've tried growing zucchini and I never get any. So, unfortunately, I have to buy mine.

Tomatoes are growing like crazy. And this year, we've got 2 (yes, just 2) stalks of corn...we'll see how it goes; never tried corn.

LOTS of spices in our garden too...mint, basil, rosemary, etc.

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5/25/09 11:10 A

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I woke up this morning wishing my zucchini was ready for harvest! Yea I could go for thick marinated BBQ grilled zucchini steak. With a little sprinkle of fresh parmesan cheese.

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5/23/09 11:56 P

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what a timely subject...we just bbq'd! grilled up those zucchinis...yum yum. tomatoes steamed in foil on the grill (I guess they are stewed then?) totally rocks.

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Sounds yummy Sue...thanks!

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5/23/09 8:38 A

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I love this time of year too. I like to take a basket of veggies and grill them - tomato, onion, peppers, zuccini, snow peas, thin carrot slices, green beans, cubed potatoes, and maybe even a tad bit of pineapple or apples depending on the mix.

Or when the zucchini comes in slice them about 1/4 inch thick lengthwise - lighty coat with olive oil, a tiny bit of sea salt and pepper. Grill them and yummy.

Eggplant grilled - then a little touch of mozarella or provolone on them as you serve them. Yum!

Turkey burgers - Yum!

And then the standbys that maybe aren't so healthy are favs too. Lean cut of steak, or lean burger, a slice of ham with pineapple and once in a blue moon I even eat a hot dog.

Late summer is grilled corn on the cob - not too often but as a treat.

Be creative with the grill. And experiment with your own sauces - less calories and fat that way.

Happy grilling.



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emoticon thanks for the tips! emoticon

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