Plenty of space, but still choosing SFG!!
Hello everyone... I live in central MA, and have an acre of land. I bought the house from my parents, who had two classic "double dig, black plastic mulch" gardens. These gardens did extremely well over the 25 years that they were here. My dad could (and would) grow just about anything you could imagine. The soil is absolutely ideal...
I tell you that so I can tell you this: My first year there, I planted a single 4x8 box in the middle of one of the 30x40 gardens. Needless to say, my gardening friends and family thought I was nuts, but hey... I am crazy about SFG. My first year (last year) I had disappointing results. Four crops (of the 10 I planted) that did well were peas, beans, broccoli, and swiss chard. Tomatoes, summer squash, cucumbers, radishes, carrots, and spinach all did poorly. I followed Mel's mix recipe to the T. I was, however, at a pitch. One end of my box was about 6-10 inches lower than the other. We had quite a wet summer in the northeast, but nevertheless, I was not happy.
This year, unrelenting, I'm adding a 4x8 box (as well as two 2x2's for potatoes). I'm going to use the organic fertilizer that I only used for side dressing last year when I plant, as well as every 2-3 months. I will still use Mel's Mix in the boxes. I have reloated the garden area so it gets a little more sun (now approx. 8-9 hrs a day of direct sunlight), and I am going with 12 inch boxes, opposed to the 8 inch boxes I had last year.
First of all, does anyone have any suggestions for any other improvements I could make? Secondly, am I nuts for paying an arm and a leg to fill these boxes with Mel's Mix, when I have 25 year in the making black gold at my feet?