Square Foot Gardening – Bring on the Green Beans

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 24, 2010

I picked the first “big boy” tomato last night…and can’t wait to slice it up and turn it into an aspic, or something.  I just love watching these little lovelies grow, then turn a pale orange, and finally a brilliant red!

My green pepper plants…They are working hard! Currently, I have 5 green peppers growing, the dead pepper plant has decided to resurrect itself and is sprouting new branches and leaves.  The hot pepper plants are producing a pepper every week or so.

The 2 eggplant plants are getting a little taller, but not sign of flowers yet.  I remember these taking a long time to mature last year…so hopefully I’ll start to see some flowers or signs of eggplant production soon.

And the first green bean!  All I have to say is “bring on the green beans”…the pole beans have completely taken over, and the bush beans that I planted on July 15 already have their second set of leaves…so it won’t be long for them to start producing too.  I hope the little people are ready for green beans every night!  Thankfully they like them! (Who knows, maybe seeing where they come from helps?!)

Now that we are facing the HEAT of the summer…watch your plants closely and water, water, water!!! I am sometimes watering twice a day, depending on the heat level.  You know the “don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water, because then it’s too late” hydration concept.  Same goes for plants…Keep them nice and hydrated during these “dog days of summer!”

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

So 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!!!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Cupcake Mommie (Jessica) July 24, 2010 at 8:35 am

Doing a little better here after the hormworms, but I still hate to look at them! Thanks for your help. My pepper plants look nice, but I see NO growth. This is such a crazy growing season!


Kelli July 24, 2010 at 9:06 am

I recently discovered I had been attacked by Squash Vine Borer. I attacked back and fed them all to my fish as punishment. Thankfully my vines are just fine and still (over) producing acorn squash like no one’s business!

~Kelli @ Smidgens


Karin July 24, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Love looking at all the gardens!


Laura A. July 24, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Thanks for the tip about water, water, water! I may not be watering enough in our 95+ heat. Have had about 10 jalepeno peppers, 15 banana peppers, and 10 cherry tomatoes so far. Also have 8 bell peppers growing nicely. Still waiting on my “big boy” tomatoes to produce. Doing all of it in pots this year so I could learn the gardening game! Thanks for a great blog. I read daily!


Alicia July 25, 2010 at 7:53 am

Loving your blog! Hey glad your stuff is coming along, my tomatoes had bottom rot, but I read they are supposed to grow out of it. The peppers & squash looks great, but no produce yet, but I have got some cucumbers from the one plant that survived. Beans, melons and sunflowers are growing nicely. I dont think the eggplant is going to make it, pooh. :) Thanks!


Becky L. July 25, 2010 at 4:41 pm

My garden is getting bigger and better. Roma tomatoes still green but getting bigger, early girl tomatoes came on this past week. Hope to pick lettuce this week and a few strawberries. YUM!


Tina July 26, 2010 at 9:31 am

I left my link above (#14) but am new to gardening. In my past, I have killed all things green. =( But at least we have some growth now! I do have one something growing that I don’t know what it is – am thinking zucchini, but it would be nice to know for sure what it was! Photo here: http://christinashaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/2010-07-26-Garden-015.jpg


Wendy (The Local Cook) July 26, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Linking up a bit late. This week for me it’s “bring on the cherry tomatoes!”


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