GeekFury.com SFG 2010 Test Garden Overview

GeekFury SFG Organic Test Garden Overview

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It’s been a wile since I last posted about the garden. I’ve been super busy setting up the new GeekFury.com store. It took longer than I would have liked, but it’s up now. Now onto the garden stuff…

Okay, so this year, I’m doing a Square Foot Garden (SFG). And I’m pretty happy with it so far. The Mel’s Mix soil composition seems to be good mix. I build 6 boxes – five for the test and one for my Mother-in-Law.

Since I last posted about the garden, I’ve found a cool gardening site: MyFolia.com. I’m keeping a much more detailed garden journal there as it’s set-up a lot better for detailed garden tracking. πŸ™‚ Here is an overview of the garden:

GeekFury.com SFG Test Garden 2010 Master Plan

GF SFG 2010 Master Plan

To the right is the master plan for the garden. I am trying to maximize my growing area and using companion planting to minimize pests as much as possible. I’ve also planted a variety of flowers for beneficial insects, looks, smells and for the wife to take cuttings. πŸ™‚

The boxes are numbered going from top left to top right then down and to the right. β€œGloria’s Box” is not counted so what would be box 6 is actually box 5. Gloria is my mother-in-law who also loves to garden and she has her own box to plant whatever she wants. πŸ™‚

Contents of each box is listed below. A quick note on the peppers, while I was getting the pepper seedlings acclimated to the outside, our dog jumped the fence and knocked over the container holding the seedlings. Fortunately, none of the peppers were destroyed, but some of the peppers identity markers were knocked loose. So I’m not sure if some of the peppers I planted are Jalapeno or Bell.

As you can see in the diagram for Box 1 & 3 I separated them with the Bells on the left and the Jalapenos on the right. Since I couldn’t identify some of them after the β€œaccident” I went ahead and planted the ones that were still labeled where they were supposed to go and planted the others in the left over pepper slots. So I may have Bells show up where a Jalapeno was designated to go or visa-versa. But everything else got planted in the right spots. πŸ™‚

Box 1:

GeekFury Organic Garden 2010 Box 1

 

Starting at top left and going right then down one row starting again at the far left and going to the right.

Row 1

  • Tendergreen Cucumber, Early Girl Tomato, Sweet Basil, Nasturtium, Marigold
  • Marigold (2), Big Boy Tomato, Borage (2)
  • Nasturtium (2), Thai Queen Basil, Cherokee Purple Tomato
  • Marigold, Tendergreen Cucumber, Cherry Sweetie Tomato, Borage (2)

Row 2

  • Eggplant, Marigold (2)
  • Cosmos – Pink Popsock, Dill
  • Tansy (3) – Yellow
  • Pepper (unknown type)

Row 3

  • Nasturtium (2), Thai Queen Basil, Steak Sandwich Tomato* Tansy (3) – Yellow
  • Pepper (unknown)
  • Tarragon

Row 4

  • Marigold, Nasturtium, Borage (2), Super Sweet 100 Tomato
  • Pepper (unknown)
  • Rosemary, Pepper (unknown)
  • Pepper (unknown)

Box 2:

GeekFury Organic Garden 2010 Box 2

Box 2

(most of these will be planted later in the season)

Row 1

  • Radishes, Pumpkin
  • Nasturtium, Corn
  • Nasturtium, Corn
  • Radishes, Watermelon

Row2

  • Butterfly Flower
  • Sunflower – Jade (3)
  • Sunflower – Apricot Twist (3)
  • Butterfly Flower

Row 3

  • Chamomile – German,Spinach. later Okra
  • Spinach, later okra
  • Okra
  • Chamomile – German, later Okra

Row 4

  • Four O’ Clocks
  • Stock – Grand Imperial, Mixed Colors
  • Aster – Ballet, Mixed Colors
  • Poppy – California Twister

 

GeekFury Organic Garden 2010 Box 3

Box 3:
Row 1

  • Cucumber – Marketmore 7, Steak Sandwich Tomato, Marigold, Borage (2)
  • Nasturtium (2), Beefsteak Tomato, Thai Queen Basil
  • Marigold (2), Borage (2), Betterboy Tomato
  • Cucumber – Marketmore 76, Betterboy Tomato, Sweet Basil, Nasturtium (2)

Row 2

  • Pepper (unknown)
  • Tansy – Purple
  • Cosmos – Summer Dreams, Dill
  • Marigold (2), Eggplant

Row 3

  • Lavender
  • Pepper (unknown)
  • Tansy (3) – Purple
  • Thai Queen Basil, Cherokee Purple Tomato, Nasturtium (2)

Row 4

  • Pepper (unknown)
  • Thyme (4)
  • Pepper (unknown)
  • Borage (2), Big Boy Tomato, Marigold, Nasturtium

 

GeekFury Organic Garden 2010 Box 4

Box 4:
This is the perennial box

Row 1

  • Black Eyed Susan
  • Morning Glory – Grandpa Ott, Tansy – Purple, Grapes – Red Flame
  • Tansy – Purple, Morning Glory – Grandpa Ott
  • Black Eyed Susan

Row 2

  • Snapdragon (2), Strawberries
  • Strawberries
  • Strawberries
  • Strawberries, Snapdragon (2)

Row 3

  • Snapdragon (2), Strawberries
  • Strawberries
  • Strawberries
  • Snapdragon (2), Strawberries

Row 4

  • Black Eyed Susan, Snapdragon, Strawberry
  • Strawberry, Tansy – Purple, Grapes – Black Monukka
  • Tansy – Purple, Strawberries
  • Strawberries, Snapdragon, Black Eyed Susan

 

GeekFury Organic Garden 2010 Onion box

Box 5:
a.k.a. The Onion Box. This box is mostly onions with the center 4 boxes changing between cabbage & lettuce and then okra later

Row 1

  • Green Onions, Petunias
  • Leek – Lincoln, Petunias
  • Green Onion, Petunias
  • Chives, Petunias

Row 2

  • Leek – Lincoln, Petunias
  • Cabbage – Orient Express, Radish – Sparkler, Dill then okra
  • Lettuce (4) – Iceburg later okra
  • Green Onions, Petunias

Row 3

  • Onions – Yellow, Petunias
  • Lettuce (4) – Iceburg later okra
  • Cabbage – Orient Express, Radish – Cherry Bell, Dill then okra
  • Onion – Yellow

Row 4

  • Onion – Sweet Georgia
  • Onion – Sweet Georgia
  • Onion – Sweet Georgia
  • Onion – Yellow

Here are some overview shots of the garden early in the season & some recent shots:

GeekFury.com SFG 2010 Test Garden Overview

GeekFury.com SFG 2010 Test Garden early in the season

GeekFury.com SFG 2010 Test Garden Perennial Box

Grapes and Strawberries

Box 5: Cabbage, Cherry Bell, Iceberg A, Lettuce, Onion, Petunia, Radishes, Sparkler, Sweet Georgia, Tidal Wave Silver

Box 2

Box 2: Apricot Twist, Bachelor Button, basil, Butterfly Flower, California Twister, Chamomile, cosmos, German, Nasturtium, pink popsock, Poppy, Spinach, Stevia, Stock, Sunflower, Tarragon

Box 1

Box 1: basil, borage, Cherokee Purple, cosmos, cucumber, dill, eggplant, Lavender, marigold, Nasturtium, pepper, Purple Tansy, Thai Queen, Thyme, tomato

Snapdragon, Strawberry

Snapdragons & Ripening Strawberry

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