Square Foot Gardening – Pollinators, Tomatoes and a Squirrel

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 10, 2010

I managed to snap a few photos as we were running out the door to Colorado.

Meet “the pollinator.”  I added these flowers to our squash and tomato garden to attract the bees. And it worked!  I have seen quite a few yellow and black bugs flying around!

Also, I planted some bush green bean plants into the square foot planters.  Those should be ready by late August, early September…and I imagine we’ll be eating green beans every night of the week!

I have two of these tomato varieties…they are sized between a Roma tomato and a grape/cherry tomato. (Forgive that I can’t remember the name and don’t feel like trudging all the way out to the back garden to look on the little marker.)  There are quite a few of these bunches on both plants!

My “Big Boy” tomatoes are holding up to their name, as you can see. That’s a “big boy!”


The herbs are the only harvesting I have done thus far.  Some of my tomatoes are turning red…it won’t be long!


The only critter update that I have is this…

“Mom, come quick…there’s a squirrel in the garden.”

“Well, go yell at it and scare it out of there.”

And the little people scurried away to scare off the squirrels.  They were in the back garden and I was quite surprised, as I have it fenced off.  The only way I figure they managed to get in there was by climbing up the wooden corner posts and back down into the garden. *sigh*

They didn’t seem to do any damage…likely because 2 little boys came screaming and hollering before they could find a snack!!!

And don’t forget…

Next week’s Grow. Eat. $ave vegetable is ZUCCHINI!

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

We just LOVE hearing what’s happening in your garden each 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!!!

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Wendy (The Local Cook) July 10, 2010 at 9:35 am

Our tomatoes appear to be at about the same stage of growth! It’s so fun. I ate two ripe ones this past week, can’t wait for more!


Kelli July 10, 2010 at 10:05 am

I planted a new tomato variety, an heirloom called Rutgers, and it’s going gangbusters, so much so that the weight of all the fruit ripped the tomato cage and the rootball out of the dirt on two of my plants, I’m still trying to engineer a solution because just pressing it back in is not doing the trick! I was also a little over zealous on the acorn squash plantings… Hopefully I can find a local friend to trade bushels with!

~Kelli @ Smidgens


Denise July 10, 2010 at 10:48 am

I wish my tomatoes looked that good, they got huge but seem to take ages to ripen, then they never really look that healthy? Things are going wild out in our garden, I took pics I need to post and share.


Julie July 10, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Our garden is doing fairly well. We planted green beans, corn, “Big Boy” and Roma tomatoes, jalapenos, sweet peppers, snap peas, green peppers and strawberries(those won’t be ready this year). Our zucchini didn’t fair too well. We just canned 18 quarts of green beans today and yesterday. Yay! We have picked about a dozen peppers so far. Looking forward to the tomatoes. The plants are growing like crazy and the “Big Boy” ones are huge! lol We have a lot but they are still green. We will have our hands full when they turn red because they probably will all ripen at the same time. We plan on making tomato juice, sauce, and soup with those. I prefer the Roma’s for salads and salsa. Yum!


Vivian July 11, 2010 at 12:09 am

I admire your garden and would like to start my own. I live in Southern California when is the right time to start a garden? I also don’t have a lot space. Thank you.


dorothy July 11, 2010 at 8:04 am

You’re smart to plant bee-attractors near your veggies! Especially now, with bee numbers being down in so many parts of the US.
The squirrels and RABBITS are my nemesis. I’ve taken to feeding them in my front yard to keep them out of my back yard. So far, that’s working.


Donna B. July 11, 2010 at 10:56 am

I think the tomato variety is Juliet – they look like the ones I’m growing. I’m curious to know what you think of them once they start coming in. I’ve harvested a couple dozen already – mine are thicker-skinned and more mealy/meaty than a grape, and definitely not as sweet as a grape. I’d call them more mini-roma than anything else.

I’m wondering if it’s because they were the first ones, or because I’m doing container gardening. They make a great fresh pasta “sauce” though.


Paula July 11, 2010 at 11:57 am

Could your small tomatoes be “Olive Tree” tomatos? I have some of these and they look the same. They are very productive and very yummy.


Robbie @ Going Green Mama July 13, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Our garden is doing ok. Tomatoes and squash are behind, as are our beans. Got a dozen garlic out of the ground though!


Mother Chaos July 16, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Well, my garden report this week isn’t so much about the garden as the drama. But the corn is silking up and now taller than my 6’4″ husband (!!!), so things are coming along well…I’ll try to get some pictures up this weekend of the actual GARDEN part of the garden, instead of just Lake Chaos. (Gads, what a week it’s been…)


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