Square Foot Gardening – Sprouts

Welcome to grow. eat. $ave.

…where we talk about what we are growing, how we transform our garden harvest into dinner on the table and how much $$$ we save in the process!!!

*Disclaimer: I apologize for any eye strain that might occur when looking at the photos of the tiny sprouts.  And be warned, there’s a lotta dirt!

Can you see them?!?  Barely sprouting up from under the dirt.  Such promise.  Such hope!!!

These are the first of the seeds to sprout…Arugula.

Arugula and Mustard Greens (bottom), 3 days later…

And the same Arugula a week after the first photo.

First of the spinach sprouts…

And more spinach sprouts a few days later.  These will need to be thinned, as most spots have at least 2 sprouts growing in them.  I’ll wait for the second or third set of leaves to show up before I thin them down to 1 plant per spot.

And the red cabbage sprouts.  These are my favorite.  Probably because they are the prettiest. (Tough to see in the photo.)  The sprouts have this fabulous purple-magenta color around the edges of the leaves and underneath.

Just pretty.

Sprouting is the gardening word of the week around here!  What’s happening in your garden?!?

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

(If you are interested in learning more, check out the Square Foot Gardening book.)

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!!!


  1. says

    I love seeing the little sprouts. It’s so exciting. It gives me hope that the plant might even grow :)

    I love what you are growing! I can’t wait for your ideas on red cabbage and mustard greens. That is an area I really need to expand my inner foodie :)

    Have a great Saturday!

  2. says

    Our spinach didn’t come up very good. So I replanted some in the bare spots last week. Can’t wait to see how that turns out! Yours looks great already!

  3. says

    Harvesting here in south Texas!
    Romaine lettuce and leaf lettuce (been cutting leaves off for salads for weeks now but it’s getting hot so I’m starting to harvest whole heads)
    2 cucumbers (vines have almost reached the top of the 6 ft trellis!)
    3 tomatoes (1 accidental)
    1 hot banana pepper (probably too soon…looked yellower in the garden)
    1 Anaheiem pepper (was getting a soft brown spot so I picked it)
    1 lonely sugar snap pea pod (plants got eaten up earlier and just now starting to recover)
    1 yellow squash

    My first year doing a SFG and it’s definitely the only way I could garden in a rental with a 4 year, a 2 year old, and a 7 month old!

  4. Lori says

    I started seeds inside this year…on Easter I planted green beans
    (never tried before), carrots, tomatoes, peppers, watermellon and
    pumpkins. Already I had to repot the beans ( we container garden )
    which are about 6 inches high, the watermellon and I did plant the
    pumpkins outside. We live in northwest ohio and I’m still scared of
    another frost. So everything is fighting for sun in my breakfast
    nook sitting in containers. I did not expect everything to grow this
    fast! Do you think I planted too early? When is a good time to put
    the veggies outside?


    • says


      Yeah for quick growth. If you’re planting into containers, you can put them out now and bring containers into the house if there is another frost. (That’s what I plan to do with the herbs I plant later in the week.)

      You’d probably be safe closer to May 1. It did frost in mid-May here in SW Ohio last year, but everything was survived just fine!

      It’s tough being patient!

  5. says

    They are sooooo cute!

    I am still at the adding more compost stage… it’s still too cold here to plant anything.
    But the spring flowers look lovely, but aren’t edible.

    I have lots of Rhubarb though! And have made bumbleberry crumble (rhubarb, frozen, blackerries and a few apples)…in the crockpot about haf dozen times already, this year.

  6. Melanie says

    I am just a beginning gardener. Last Sunday my 10 year old daughter, and I threw some potting mix in some random recycled containers. We put them in my kitchen window. In the last few days they have been sprouting like crazy. I swear the lettuce got bigger from one time to the other when I went back and looked. It makes me want to grow lettuce all year round.

  7. says

    Your garden looks great! I’m starting my first square foot garden this year and I’m wondering what you used to mark off the sections in your garden? Mel recommends wood laths, but I couldn’t find any untreated ones at my hardware store. Yours looks like some kind of tape maybe? Care to share? Thanks!

  8. Solarra says

    YUMMY!! Okay since I live near you can I come for dinner when all the veggies come in lol;) I just bought your book from amazon with my swagbucks😉 I’m vulching the mailbox waiting for it;)

  9. Katie says

    My 2 yr. almost 3 yr. old son loves to go out every morning and check on our plants :) He loves to count how many sprouts have come up. We already have beets, onions, ALOT of pickling cucumbers and one squash plant so far. :) It is a great time for him to explore and me to get excited about meals, freezing and canning ! It really cool to see everyone’s gardens sprouting and seeing pics!

  10. angela says

    Glad to see your spinach sprouts. I planted spinach and was beginning think my sprouts were weeds. Did not know they came up as pointed thingys.

  11. says

    I’m going to be doing a variation of square foot gardening – gardening in bags of soil. I haven’t written a blog post about it yet though.

    P.S. Congrats on being one of the best 50 mom food bloggers!

  12. Shannon says

    Nothing happening in my garden yet. That could be because I haven’t planted yet -lol. We don’t start from seed, we start with live plants. Might do some radishes from seed in a container, just so the youngest can experience that. Hope to plant this weekend. We will do some tomotaoes, jalapenos, maybe squash, and honeydew. I do have something coming up voluntary. I think it is a honeydew, which is not good since I want to put that in a different place this year.

  13. Alicia says

    I love the square foot gardening concept! I just started blogging about urban gardening and will be checking back on you to see how your sprouts do. Good luck!

  14. says

    Square Foot Gardening is the most productive, efficient, and easy way to garden. Not only does it use just 20% of the space a traditional row garden, it saves water, and time spent digging and weeding. For more information on Square Foot Gardening please visit our web site http://www.squarefootgardening.com/
    Happy Gardening Everyone!
    PS check out the new forums on the website, SFG certified teachers and master gardeners are online quite often to answer posts and questions on all topics.

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