The last several weeks there hasn’t been too much to report on the garden front. Time is running out. The sun has shifted enough that its not getting the same sun it had all summer. And I found myself in a fight for the last tomatoes!
I got into a fight with a chipmunk. Not really a fight, per se. But a battle. The “see who can get to the ripe red tomatoes first” battle.
It wasn’t pretty.
I declare myself the victor because I was able to get to more of the ripe tomaotes than he chewed up! Plus, I decided to grab some of the green tomatoes and diced and froze them for a soup, or something.
The green beans are still producing, but not near as frequently as they had been. Another batch of onions sprouted. And of course, I picked all the carrots this last week.
I thought it would be fun to take a walk down memory lane…
May 2 – Sprouts
May 30 – Spinach Harvest
June 12 – Tomatoes showing signs of life!
June 20 – Post-spinach harvest (I did replant, but it got too hot for them!)
July 4 – Eggplant Bud
July 11 – Picking the first tomato
July 18 – Tomato plants starting to take over
August 1 – Herbs and Tomatoes
August 15 – Tomatoes just about knocked down the trellises!
September 5 – Round 2 of the Green Peppers
Why did I choose Square Foot Gardening?
We have 48 trees on our property, which means very limited “full sun” space for us! I love the shade it provides in the summer (think lower A/C bill in the summer!), but it’s quite problematic for gardening!
I choose Square Foot Gardening because I could make planters that could go on our patio (the only space with enough sun to grow a garden) and I could grow quite a bit in the small space. I used 2 4′ x 4′ wooden planters, for a total of 32 squares of garden space.
This was my first year attempting any sort of gardening, other than herbs in pots on the picnic table!
What did we harvest this year?
I wish I had written things down. I detailed some of the harvests, but not every single thing I took from the garden!
Here’s my best guess:
- Spinach – Several meals worth plus big batch of Rice with Garden Greens
- Yellow Summer Squash – at least 15
- Lettuce – Several salads and sandwiches worth
- Onions – About 16 small onions and 16 itty bitty onions
- Eggplants - 2 medium
- Snap peas – Quite a few…most of them never made it inside, as I would snack while I worked on the garden
- Carrots – However many you see here
- Cubanelle (Italian frying) peppers – at least 20
- Spicy hot peppers – About 6 (I planted this later in the season!)
- Green Peppers – 7
- Cherry Tomatoes – Oodles
- Heirloom Tomatoes – Oodles
- Roma Tomatoes – Oodles
- Green Beans (bush variety) – Many meals worth!
- Basil – Oodles
- Rosemary – Oodles…with still more to pick
- Parsley – Oodles
- Mint – Oodles
How much was the initial investment/cost?
You can read all about the cost and startup of the garden here.
What’s the plan for next year?
Do it again! I dream up all sorts of “scenarios” for my planters. We shall see come end of April 2010 what ends up in the beds!
The Concept and The Book
I learned and followed the plan outlined in the book All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholemew.