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Old 03-12-2009, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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Rebar was recommended in the SFG book to use for the growing(vine) plants.
I like to use galvanized electrical conduit for general gardening purposes. It's lighter, cleaner, and a lot easier to work with than rebar. You can cut it in seconds with a tube cutter and you can even bend it into curved shapes. There are also various fittings which let you join sections and make angle connections.

I use it for lots of things including tomato stakes, pea and bean trellis, and to hold netting tents for shade or pest protection. It can also be taken down easily for storage or crop rotation.
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Old 03-12-2009, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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I like to use galvanized electrical conduit for general gardening purposes. It's lighter, cleaner, and a lot easier to work with than rebar. You can cut it in seconds with a tube cutter and you can even bend it into curved shapes. There are also various fittings which let you join sections and make angle connections.

I use it for lots of things including tomato stakes, pea and bean trellis, and to hold netting tents for shade or pest protection. It can also be taken down easily for storage or crop rotation.
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Good idea. Thanks. I already have the rebar so I'll try that this year and a cut off wheel will cut anything.
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Old 03-13-2009, 07:47 PM
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Ode- Great idea. How deep is the soil in the 5 gallon buckets? Do you plant 1 plant per bucket? This sounds like something for my stepdaughter. She has a sloped yard which would be really hard to garden but she has a great deck.

Thanks
Lisa
It depends on the buckets. Some, like the ones you get in Lowes or Ace Hardware are deeper. There are other plastic buckets that are wider rather than deep. I only put a single plant in each bucket. I would guess the soil is around 18 inches or so deep per bucket, but remember to leave 4 inches or so at the top so you can mulch and get water in it.
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Old 03-22-2009, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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My father in law just finished and brought to me my first couple of squares. I wanted two x four ones for salad garden and for onions. I am so excited, now I must go and get the correct amount of soils....it's gardening day here. :-)
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Old 03-27-2009, 08:02 PM
 
Location: USA
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any square foot gardeners use worms for their plants?
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Old 03-31-2009, 06:17 PM
 
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Thumbs up update

Well, my veggies are still in the early stages since I had to start over a few weeks back after the snow. Now that the weather is warming up I expect the speed of plant growth will pick up somewhat. Here is what my square foot garden looks like today...

Square foot garden


The onions are coming along nicely


Broccoli has sprouted


Some romaine lettuce seedlings


The spinach is coming along strong
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Old 04-01-2009, 12:21 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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wow NRGuy, your garden looks well under way! I have mine all ready but held off till this last frost passed us and the severe storms passed, didn't want wind and hail to damage them. How long did it take the Romaine to come up? I was going to go with plants but everyone is out. Guess it will need to be seeds.
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Old 04-01-2009, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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Thanks NRG

Still waitng for better weather here.
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Old 04-01-2009, 10:12 AM
 
Location: DFW
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I planted a bunch of pea seeds in a very large pot and now I have healthy looking shoots a couple of inches tall. Should I thin them, or let them go crazy? Is now the time to thin them? I'm never sure when!


My 2 x 4 plot currently has italian parsley, 2 roma tomato transplants, some chives, and a few radishes, carrots, and leeks. The last two seem to be growing very slowly.

I have a pot of basil seedlings going too.. I can't wait.
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Old 04-14-2009, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Lemon Grove, CA USA
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I really like how Mel's book is laid out (just got it off Amazon). Over the next week or two I'll be tearing down the weed shrouded mess that is my backyard and be building 2-3 boxes. I'm going to go concrete block though I think for the permanence. Might even make them a couple deep so I can sit on the edge to garden... what can I say I'm lazy, lol.

I figure herbs and catnip and of course all the vegetables I like on rotation so I can have some around whenever I want them. Being in southern California I can get away with growing many things year round which will be nice.
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