Ripening and Harvesting – Square Foot Gardening Update

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 23, 2011

The Lasagna Pot Overfloweth. I see some homemade pesto and fresh herb freezer cubes in my future. (Except I will probably use walnuts from the pantry (go, pantry challenge!) and not pine nuts.)

Before we get into the sneak peek and the harvests, I just need to say that it’s nothing short of a miracle that my garden is still alive.  I’ve been away for most of the month of July…visiting family, then at the Savvy Blogging Summit in CO. I watered it well when I was home and had my MIL water it once while we were in CO (before she went to meet my new niece, her new granddaughter.)

I am amazed at how well is continues to do, despite being thirsty much of July.

But this week, I’ve watered twice a day, most days…to help the plants flourish more. And to keep them from being too thirsty with this whole heat wave, heat dome thing hovering over us.

A tiny acorn squash.

Jalapenos. Hot. Hot. Hot!

One of 3 cabbages.

Hello, Mr. Bell Pepper.

Or would it be Mrs. Bell Pepper?!

These are “fooled you jalapenos”…from my friend Lucy.

Same flavor of jalapenos, without the heat.

These are my garden snack.  I’ve already munched off a few bunches from lower on the plant.  This will be a true test of patience…waiting for the next bunches to completely ripen.

There just might not be anything better in life than eating warm tomatoes, ripe from the vine.

OK, there may be a few other things…but this is certainly a highlight each summer!

This is the 3rd round of kale. It will be on the meal plan next week.

Brussel sprouts are growing.

I’m assuming that the leaves are supposed to have fallen off now…as the sprouts grow…I’ve never grown them.  Anyone know?!

I’ve got 3 cucumbers growing thus far…2 on the fence and one on the ground.  I was hoping for more, but some critter keeps biting off the end of the vine. Ugh!

Tigerella tomatoes.

LOVE! *swoon*

Harvested Thus Far

2 rounds of kale, all kinds of lettuce – Romaine and Buttercrisp, Swiss chard, couple peppers, couple yellow squash, all kinds of herbs…

…and soon to be more tomatoes than I’ll know what to do with. And a few cukes too!

There you have it…the latest from the $5 Dinners Garden!

If you’d like to learn more about Square Foot Gardening, please check out the Square Foot Gardening books by Mel Bartholemew.

Tell us what you are harvesting from your garden this week!!! Whether it’s small harvest, or a large one, we wanna know! Feel free to link up your blog post below…or leave an update in the comments!!!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Angel July 23, 2011 at 9:17 am

Love the close-up pics! Can you show a distance pic so we can see what your whole garden looks like? Love following your blog!

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom July 23, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Yes…Angel…I plan to do that next week.

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Kelly Hess July 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Wow – your garden is going great! Thus far I have picked 5 zucchinis and a cucumber! I posted my update!

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Dorothy July 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Your brussel sprouts are doing better than mine! Mine look like ginormous cabbages–no stalky thing has popped up yet. =( I’m canning my first batch of pepper jelly today w/peppers from my garden. yay!

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Susanne July 23, 2011 at 3:00 pm

tomatoes and more tomatoes! we have canned three rounds I think (diced some and made some into plain sauce). Another batch of ~20 sitting on my counter. Maybe put up 6 pints and a few quarts plus actual spaghetti sauce and one batch of salsa. Some cucumbers 10? — made a round of garlic dill pickles. We had green beans and snow peas already and are waiting on another batch of plants to mature. Our lettuce type plants are long gone. We are in NC so longer/different growing season! My husband is the master gardener … I am the picker and cooker :) It really helps keep the produce budget down with a family of 6 hearty eaters!!!!

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Gail Becker July 24, 2011 at 4:14 am

I harvest this past week peas, yellow beans lettuce, cuccumbers, onions & red skinned potatoes. I see little green tomatoes, yeah! I have a lot of tomatoes planted- i was hoping to do canning, but not sure due to the fact I have a smooth cooktop stove. I’m seeing it’s not recommended for boiling method, but haven’t found anything on pressure canner cooker. No peppers yet, plants aren’t big. I have at least half a dozen ears of corn growing, radish growing , more onions, carrots, peas & yellow beans. Sunflowers some are small & some are way taller than me,LOL!

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Becky L. July 24, 2011 at 2:49 pm

My garden of tomatoes and bell peppers are ok, but they need alot more sun which hasn’t appeared much this year at all. I have a few peppers coming on but no tomatoes. Here it’s the middle of July and nothing! Not good last year either due to the weather, just like last year. So am just gonna enjoy your photos and live with whatever comes from my garden. Sigh!

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Bonny Parker August 30, 2011 at 2:17 am

Hi, I noticed you have mention of Gail Becker on your site. I am in Australia. I am looking for a buddy of mine who lived in Paddington,Sydney from late 60s to early 70s. That Gail Bradford went to America and married Jim Becker (ex u.s.army, served Vietnam). They lived in Chicago in 1974 to at least Aug 1977. Gail and I use to love going out on Sydney Harbour. Does ANYONE KNOW IF GAIL IS IN AMERICA OR BACK IN AUS ??? We are both close to 60. Many Thanks Bonny Parker.

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Carlye August 30, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Your vegetables look great! I wish my garden was doing that well. It has been super hot here in Chattanooga, Tn. I have over 15 plants of tomatoes with blooms but no tomatoes! Thankfully I have had okra, lettuce and basil. My MIL’s garden has been growing like crazy so they have shared tons with us!

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