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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

In Honor of Earth Day...

...I thought I would share some photos showing the progress of my square-foot garden.

I am pretty sure it's better than Heather O's garden. In fact, it may just be the best garden in the world ;).

On a more serious "Happy Earth Day" note, here are some links to some of the Crib's "greener" posts:

And a few more earth day linkies:
And because I have to mention fashion:Happy Earth Day!


  • looking good. i hope mine turns out as well. i love your cute little signs. how do you stop your kids from pulling them out? i have no idea what's growing where because my signage was pulled out long ago.
    posted by Blogger i'm kelly at 4/21/2008 11:04:00 PM  

  • I checked out the square foot gardening book from the library and went to buy the stuff to make a box and buy the dirt and the lady at my nursery freaked me out about using that much vermiculite on a veggie garden because of the asbestos factor. I've done a lot of research about it and can't really figure it out, I know there are some earth loving/organic loving gals on here, any thoughts on this? Also, where do you buy that much vermiculite?
    posted by Blogger kadee at 4/22/2008 03:32:00 AM  

  • Hurray for Earth Day. And if Heather O has issues with your awesome garden, you can eat least say that your beans are DEFINITELY the BEST.

    I am so happy that this year my daughter said: Mom, what day is Earth day? She knows about it! Making the next generation aware!
    posted by Blogger Kage at 4/22/2008 04:29:00 AM  

  • Thanks for the links. And a happy Earth Day to you too!

    posted by Blogger Latter-Day Sustainablist at 4/22/2008 06:29:00 AM  

  • kadee,

    Mel talks about the asbestos issue in his book, but since I lent it out, I can't tell you what he said. ON his website it says this:

    "Finally, regarding the asbestos question. There was one mine, somewhere in the US, where the miners were found to be suffering from asbestos poisoning (is that what you call it ?). These miners one a class action suit against the owners of the mine. The asbestos in question, however, was not part of the vermiculite itself, but was located in the same mine as the vermiculite. So while the case against the mining company was legitimate, the general attributing of asbestos properties to vermiculite is not."

    If you are worried about it, I would just take from SFG what you like and leave the rest. My boxes aren't 4x4 because they were already built which Mel would say makes it NOT a SFG, but I am still happy with it.

    As to where to find vermiculite, I found it at the local farm supply store in large quantities. BTW, I live in Orange County in a town you wouldn't consider rural, so you never know where you might find a farm supply store.

    Another environmental concern with SFG is the use of peat moss which isn't harvested in a sustainable way. So that is another thing to consider. Mel also
    talks about this in the book as well.
    posted by Blogger TftCarrie at 4/22/2008 08:33:00 AM  

  • i'm kelly - the signs are from the dollar bin at Target. As for the kids not pulling them out, they just don't. Maybe because you have two boys and I have two girls?
    posted by Blogger TftCarrie at 4/22/2008 08:35:00 AM  

  • Thanks for the great Earth Day post! I used to try and do lots of things for Earth Day, but as I add more kids I do less and less. (With a one week old this year, I'm not doing anything.) But my husband did plant a garden last weekend. We did a 4x8 box, and we didn't divide it like a square-foot garden (I wanted to, but he was opposed, and I just let him do what he wanted), but we've got cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes growing now :)
    posted by Anonymous Vada at 4/22/2008 09:36:00 AM  

  • The garden is looking great! Since we are asking questions: What material did you use for your vertical climber and where did you find it..I think he suggested piping...but I haven't found any yet (not that I've looked THAT hard)
    posted by Blogger Jen at 4/22/2008 11:25:00 AM  

  • I used exactly what Mel said to use in his book. I think it is some sort of electrical pipe? and rebar to stake it into the ground. I can't remember what the pipe was called exactly, but I found it all at Home Depot. I had to beg to get the guys to cut it for me there because apparently they don't usually cut this kind of pipe, but luckily they took pity on a 9 month pregnant lady who just wanted to finish her garden before the baby came.

    Good luck!
    posted by Blogger TftCarrie at 4/22/2008 10:18:00 PM  

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