- Gardening year: 2012
- Location: Nashville, Georgia
- Planting By Color: Pink
Hi y’all! I’m Elizabeth from Nashville, Georgia and I’m in the Pink Group. Last year I decided to give SFG a whirl and the results were amazing! Great yield, small footprint, and minimal maintenance. This year I decided to do a “proper” SFG after last year’s test run. I’ve spent the winter drooling over seed catalogs just waiting for seed starting time to begin. Let me show y’all my garden plot (east is closest and west is at the far end).
Last week I purchased eight kits (each kit is a box measuring 4 ft x 8 ft x 8 inches) from my local lumber yard for $35 a kit. The kit is very easy and quick to put together. The 8 ft lengths have male ends and the 4 ft lengths have female ends. All you have to do is just slide the male end through the female end, put the peg in the hole, and you’re done. That’s it! It took a whopping 15 minutes to put together all eight boxes. Oh, and the wood is untreated cypress. For those of you who are unfamiliar with cypress it’s more dense than cedar so the garden boxes will many years, it weathers beautifully, and the super-duper awesome bonus of cypress is that termites don’t like it. Can you tell I’m impressed with these kits?
Yeah, totally impressed.
Here’s a picture of what we’re using for a trellis system:
Yup, those are 4 ft x 8 ft cow panels from the local feed store. The reusable cow panels are sturdy and don’t get hot in our scorching summer weather. In the fall, the panels are easy to remove and throw on the burn pile to burn off all of the remaining vines. Easy peasy cleanup – just the way I like it!
I would like to show y’all my garden plan and how I tried to incorporate companion planting this year. I used the Three Sisters plan in the sweet corn area. Last year I had a teensy problem with the corn falling over in high winds so I’m hoping Three Sisters will help resolve this problem. I am even going to test out my own variation of Three Sisters by substituting the squash with cucumber; hopefully it turns out well.
If that image was a bit tough on your eyes, let me split it up for y’all and provide a bit more detail. Here are the left (west) four boxes:
Here are the right (east) four boxes:
I would love to hear your feedback, suggestions, and ideas to improve my plan. Thanks and happy gardening y’all!