My name is Teresa and enjoy gardening of all types. I am especially interested in square foot gardening. I am wanting to purchase some garden connectors. My garden spot is very long and narrow and runs along a fence. Of course I want to implentement veritical trellising for the tomatos , squash and the cucumbers and anything else that can go vertically. My big problem is knowing how many connector for a space that is appromaxitely 2 ft wide and and about 15 to 20 ft. long if any body has any ideas please send me an email. Thanks Teresa
Teresa: I know they sell the connectors on Gardening Supply, and they don't mind taking calls from potential customers with questions, they might be able to help you out. Other than that I am not sure myself, I've thought about what you are talking about also. Their phone number is 1-800-427-3363 and their email is http://www.gardeners.com Hope this helps some.
i am not going to tell you to use or not use connectors...but...for about 30 yrs i have used rough cut 2" x 10" x 10' hemlock boards...just nail them together with galvanized nails. i use four of these on the sides and then make them 3' to 4' wide. i have 8 of them...it is more than enough and no leaching of chemical and inexpensive (save the cost of the rough cut hemlock) ..i have had them in place ten years and may only need to replace them in about 2 yrs from now...
very simple...i use t-bar and fence for tomatos, cukes or anything else that climbs...i use rebar 3' long and place them at intervals long and wide and tie together with hemp twine >>>i plant my peppers one to each square...so i get 4 peppers across a bed and go as long as i want and they are well supported...all very simple and inexpensive..wish i had some pics but it is winter here in n.y.
Has anyone checked out the above ground gardens at http://www.orcaboard.com ? Are they what you are talking about? Are these reasonable? I've thought about getting one eventually for planting my carrots and onions in.
Lucky Texan: The string sounds like a great idea. How do I mark a post I want to refer to later on? I want to mark the one with the link you have for your above ground garden. That way, when the time comes for me to do mine I can refer to yours and get mine right.
Joy, since the Search function appears to be disabled, I think marking the page as a Favorite/Bookmark should work. Also, highlighting the URL and saving it in a Wordpad folder (maybe with a short blurb what it is) would also work. There is a way to collect 'tags' here on DG but maybe someone else knows how that works.(anyone?) Depends on how you like to organize stuff I guess. You could print it out too!
Wish someone would would explain how to tag a DG thread. I've yet to figure it out.
On my Desktop I have a folder labeled "Gardening". When I run across a URL I want to save, I click on "File", "Send", and then "Send to Desktop". Once it on my desktop, I click on it without releasing the mouse button and drag it to my "Garden" folder, then release the mouse button. Often times I rename the URL title under the icon to something easy for me to identify what is inside.
Another way I save information if I don't want the URL, is to copy & paste into a word processing document and save with some descriptive name. Wordpad or Notepad would also work. I have a "Garden" folder in my "Documents" folder where I save all my gardening stuff.
TexasRock: Now, I don't feel so bad about the way my office looks. LOL I bought a huge notebook binder and have a triple hole punch, so when I print something out from the computer for gardening, in the notebook it goes, immediately, or it's lost forever. Kind of like my purse, it's the black hole, I put something in it and then who knows where it goes right? LOL The real mess is in my kitchen right now, I have 2 EBs and a GP in there with strawberries planted in them, they are going outside today, been watering them and keeping them in the house, I did line the floor with plastic underneath them and put towels by the drain off hole; but I guess you can figure how well that worked right?
If you post on the thread then it will be saved in the threads posted area under the tab at the top of this page. The tab you want to cick on is "My Info".
We used corner posts from Gardners Supply. They are not cheap. Tex and Johnnie are right that you do not need to use them. We went with them at the time because we can use the corners to hold the ends of our enclosures. If you look at the corner of the bed in the photo you can see what we used.
The enclosures keep woodchucks out of the bed in the summer and hold up the plastic for winter gardening. If you don't have either of these issues then fastening like their sugests is a more economical way to go.
Susan: I made an above ground bed of a kiddie pool from Walmart, it's about 6 ft circular and I filled it with garden soil, potting mix, perlite and was thinking about adding about 1 lb of dolomite to it to bring the PH to where it would be nice for collards and mustard greens but have some questions:
How many collards and mustard greens can I fit in there? How much fertlizer do I need to add, it has a soaker hose I put half way up in the pool so it will stay moist this fall and winter.
Go off of the spacing requirements shown on your seed packets.
We've never added Dolmite to the soil here. I've also never added it to a container. We have an issue sometimes with the soil being too alkaline and not an issue with being too acidic. We usually add compost and test our soil. When we have added fertilizer, we use the information provided by soil test results and the recommend spread rate found on the fertilizer package to determine how much fertilizer to add. You might ask someone on your DG regional gardening what they do.
Make sure you have drainage holes in the bottom of the pool.
I would put the soaker hose on top of the soil. You will need to look at the distribution of water to make sure your crops are getting water some what evenly. I use an "s" shaped layout for the soaker hoses in my beds. With greens I've been using a section of soaker hose that has two drip line spray fittings on it. I find that the water has better distribution over the seeds and I get better seed germination.