Square Foot Gardening – End of the Season Update

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 18, 2010

I grabbed these tomatoes from the garden on Wednesday afternoon to use for a Roasted Mushrooms and Tomatoes pasta that I made for a Fox morning news segment here in Dayton on Thursday.

I recently started doing a weekly segment with ABC/FOX here in Dayton…cooking up a different meal each week based on what ingredients are on sale at the different stores around town.  I *try* to make the meal that I cook on the morning show the night before…I save a “final product” for the news show and then prep all the ingredients for the cooking show as the meal is cooking.  Saves lots of time, energy and money too!

(Recipe coming soon…)

So back out to the garden…there are plenty of these picked stems on the smaller tomato plants.  And there are still quite a few green tomatoes that will ripen in the next few weeks…perfect for my lunch-time salads!

My eggplants are still teasing me…and I’m afraid it’s too late for any to have time to grow in fully.  There were quite a few buds, flowers and even a small fruit (which fell victim to the critter I mention below).

I’m still have a steady supply of green beans and, of course, tomatoes!

Critters…durn critters…

So I mentioned that I did some fall planting.  And while everything sprouted nicely and was growing strong…it seems that the resident chipmunk thought that the sprouts would make a nice lunch.

While I was enjoying my baby tomatoes on my salads, that durn chipmunk was outside enjoying “radish” and “chard” salad of his own.

Sigh.

In a few weeks, I’ll make him work for his food.  I’ll be planting some garlic cloves…and if he wants any…he’ll have to go digging for it! (Let’s just hope he doesn’t figure it out.)

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 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!!!

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Susie's Homemade September 18, 2010 at 7:59 am

Funny, your post was about your tomatoes and mine was about saving the tomatoes for next season:-)

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Candi @ Family Stamping and FOOD! September 18, 2010 at 10:51 am

Those are the most beautiful red tomatoes I’ve seen in a long time! So red and shiny!

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Rachel F September 18, 2010 at 1:37 pm

We were having problems with chipmunks eating our tomatoes and a neighbor who is quite a gardener (my 4 measly containers have nothing on him…half his backyard is devoted to vegtable and fruit growing) suggested we put tin foil around the stalk of the plants that chipmunks do not like the tin foil for some reason. They managed to steal all of my first round of tomatoes but the second batch is close to ripening and then we’ll be trying the tin foil to see if it works (they don’t seem to like the green tomatoes, only after they turn red). You might want to give it a try as well to see if it will help.

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Alea September 19, 2010 at 12:19 am

Your tomatoes are gorgeous! We are enjoying a bounty of fruits and vegetables. So much so that my grocery bill has been very low the last couple of weeks.

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ATL Cook September 19, 2010 at 12:38 am

I’ve made a few Master Gardener home visit in times past because people said something was taking bite out of their tomatoes. Squirrels and chipmunks. Reason: They need water –and they were dying of thirst.

So, put some pans of water out at the edges of your garden to see if this helps.

Funny on that visit–just as I pulled up in their yard, I saw a squirrel taking bites out of a tomato it was holding between its paws. Culprit; gardener put out water and it was solved.

We are having drought in various parts of the state, so I expect to hear more people talk about this happening to their gardens. Tomatoes are juicy and seem to be the ones they can get the most moisture from.

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PJ September 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm

That’s funny you had this post up. I just put up a post about my garden. Although it hasn’t been the best year, I have definitely counted my blessings. Every little bit helps!

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Anniegi September 20, 2010 at 9:16 am

Beautiful tomatoes. it’s funny, my eggplant finally started blooming as well after a whole season of false starts. My tomatoes are still coming in like crazy as well as the beans and there are still summer squash coming in as well. I’m hoping it’ll be a while before we have a frost. I found for the critters that were uprooting my plants early on that coyote urine solved that problem quite nicely. Not that I EVER imagined having to buy urine for any reason. lol.

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Jennifer N. September 20, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Your tomatoes look amazing!! What do you do to get them to grow full and without bugs? What side of the house are they planned on? My tomatoes were just terrible this year…. Not big, they split, and if I didn’t pick them early then the bugs would eat them!

And let’s not talk about bell peppers. For 2 years now, they haven’t produced anything!

I need some advice. :)

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