garden grid

angelinagardens(5a)April 7, 2010

So I know Mel says it isn't a SFG garden without the grid, but last year I tried something new. Instead of using string, I planted green onions thickly, and that sectioned off my garden. I thinnned the onions as I needed them, and this year, they overwintered. I thought this year I might try carrots around the edge of the garden, too, instead of devoting a whole square to them. Has anyone else had success with this?

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jengc(7)

I have never heard, or thought of this. Pretty smart! I am assuming you are using short carrots? Or is your grid deeper?

    Bookmark   April 8, 2010 at 8:59AM
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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

The SFG method is a framework, not a command to slavish devotion.

There are likely as many tweaks and adaptations to the method as there are adventurous gardeners. Now that you are out of the box, the possibilities abound. Have fun!

Dan

    Bookmark   April 8, 2010 at 10:57AM
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curt_grow

As Dan noted there are hundreds and perhaps thousands of ways to square foot. For me last year lathe grids, this year nylon seine line. Next year, mini-blinds??? and that is just the grids. Fun isn't it and I do like your idea. 2010 the year of the Alliums in Curt's garden.

Curt~

    Bookmark   April 8, 2010 at 8:21PM
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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

I don't limit myself to strict 12x12 planting, as the family has certain things they prefer more and after a while you work out what is best for you (and your 7-year-old who likes to help and eat peas at the same time).

The important thing to remember is that SFG is simply a variant of biointensive growing with a few guidelines thrown in to make it easy for beginners.

Once you get it down and learn from your garden, you can expand-modify-alter-improve according to your conditions and situation.

One thing I enjoy is to walk through a public garden plot and see how many ways there are to achieve the same outcome.

Dan

    Bookmark   April 9, 2010 at 10:48AM
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angela12345(7b NC Mixed-Humid)

I would think if it worked with the onions for you last year, it would also work with carrots !! Radishes would also be good, although your 'grid' would be finished growing and be pulled rather quickly, LOL.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2010 at 11:05AM
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