Square Foot Gardening – Sprouts

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 17, 2010

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!!!

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Jessica (Cupcake Mommie) April 17, 2010 at 6:40 am

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!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 17, 2010 at 9:31 am

@Jessica (Cupcake Mommie),

Ah yes…the red cabbage and mustard greens will be expanding my inner foodie as well!


Candi April 17, 2010 at 7:51 am

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!


Teresa April 17, 2010 at 9:55 am

Thank you for the weekly link up! I love to see everyone’s garden growth. Everyone is welcome to link up here as well:



Denise April 17, 2010 at 10:59 am

Hey, my spinach looks just like that :-) I’ll be sharing pics tomorrow of week 2 in our garden. I’ll come back and link up with you.


cassie-b April 17, 2010 at 1:04 pm

So exciting!

I have lettuce sprouting, and maybe a couple of other things.


Christie April 17, 2010 at 1:41 pm

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!


Heather's in her Mothermode again April 17, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Love how nice and neat your garden looks! Ours had a little blunder this week….


Lori April 17, 2010 at 3:10 pm

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?



Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 17, 2010 at 4:30 pm


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!


BCholly April 17, 2010 at 10:28 pm

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.


Melanie April 18, 2010 at 12:32 am

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.


Melanie April 18, 2010 at 8:55 am

This is our first year for a square foot garden here in North Texas. My husband is having a blast!


Kristin April 18, 2010 at 6:30 pm

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!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 18, 2010 at 8:35 pm


I’m using masking tape :)


Sarah (Frontier Kitchen) April 18, 2010 at 8:06 pm

It’s so fun to see your little sprouts! Mine just started coming up as well. :)


Solarra April 19, 2010 at 4:03 am

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;)


Nikki @Couponcookin April 19, 2010 at 6:11 am

My herb garden’s are sprouting and taking shape; now I just need to work on the rest of my garden.


Katie April 19, 2010 at 6:53 am

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!


angela April 19, 2010 at 9:54 am

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.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 19, 2010 at 10:36 am


LOL! Those will fall off that second set of little leaves should appear soon!


Wendy (The Local Cook) April 19, 2010 at 11:19 am

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!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm

@Wendy (The Local Cook),

Thanks Wendy!

I love that idea!!! Very clever…when you do post about it, will you let me know?!?



Shannon April 19, 2010 at 11:34 am

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.


The Prudent Homemaker April 19, 2010 at 4:54 pm

We’re harvesting asparagus every 2-3 days, swiss chard, sugar snap peas, chives, rosemary, thyme, and a bit of lettuce.

Photos are here:


Alicia April 23, 2010 at 7:56 am

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!


Amanda Blair April 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm

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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