Square Foot Gardening Update #10

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 15, 2009

ripening-tomatoes

I LOVE watching the tomatoes turn color!

One of the eggplants didn’t survive, but 2 are growing in strong!  I was tempted to pick them this week, but will hold off a bit more.

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The green pepper plant now has 2 new peppers growing.  It has only made 1 thus far, so I’m excited to see 2 more growing.

My bush beans continue to produce.  We had another meal’s worth of green beans last weekend.  And perhaps will get more.  The plants have certainly seen better days, but I continue to pick off the older leaves and new leaves grow in.  Along with new beans!

The hot pepper plants are also producing quite a few peppers.  I’ve picked 8 peppers off one of the plants, and just 1 pepper off the other plant…with many more to come.  The peppers are waiting in the freezer…to be used for salsa.  I simply froze them whole and will just cut off the stems before throwing them into the blender for salsa!

The tomatoes continue to thrive and take over.  They are now growing inwards towards the middle of the garden, and back over the backsides of the trellises again, and I had to construct a make shift stand with large sticks from our stick pile.  I don’t want those pesky chipmunks to think they can munch on my ‘maters! 

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I’ve picked about 10-15 tomatoes each week for the past 2 weeks.  I made the Garden Marinara, as well as Pico de Gallo. I’m also collecting cherry tomatoes to roast…seemed to be the most popular suggestion from you all! 

So how is your garden doing???  I love looking at your progress and hearing about your harvests!

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Rebecca August 15, 2009 at 5:07 pm

I am glad to see I am not the only one with tomatoes taking over the SFG. My 5 regular sized tomato plants aren’t producing much, but I picked over a quart of cherry tomatoes from ONE plant this morning. I am dehydrating a bunch of them for making salad dressing and hummus this winter. This is the second time this week I am doing it too. If you like making soups, they also freeze well and can be added to soup still frozen.

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Erin August 15, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Great idea to dehydrate Rebecca…I thought of doing that with my next batch too :)

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Sara @ ThrivingMama August 15, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Our entire part of NY state seems to have been hit by some evil tomato blight. Local farms have had to burn their plants and ours aren’t doing so well. I’m so sad :(. But, thanks to the weird summer we’ve had I’m still picking broccoli and zucchini and tons of blueberries (ok, just 4 gallons) from the local blueberry farm.

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Erin August 15, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Wow…too bad about the maters, but yeah for lots of blueberries! It’s amazing how much weather impacts the harvests!!!

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paula August 15, 2009 at 7:46 pm

My garden is doing fairly well. I have had several picks off my green beans. I have picked about the same amount of tomatoes as you. I have made a big pot of meat sauce that we ate and I froze to bags for later. I have more to make tomorrow. Zucs continue to roll in with a few cucs along the way. Happy with my garden.

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Sheryl August 15, 2009 at 8:26 pm

I’ve got lots of pear and yellow tomatoes getting ready in my garden. Not so many of the reds yet. I heard there’s a tomato blight and the disease can be deadly, so watch for the signs. I guess you could google it better than I can explain. :( sorry. I mainly watch for the fungus/mold on the plants. Mine seem to be in not great shape either, lots of spotting on the plants and tomatoes which worries me. I’ve got lots of green beans coming in. Had radishes, sugar snap peas (they don’t make it to the table though lol). I’m trying for the first time artichokes and have several almost ready to pick. Can’t wait. Zukes are doing good as well as the yellow squash. This year, I had several mystery plants, from composting straight into the garden during the winter. Turns out to be acorn squash! LOTS!!! lol Nothing yet on my watermelon or cantaloupes. I think we just don’t have a long enough season here for them (CO) too bad for that but sure would be nice. Oh and all my scallions made it as well as a TON of strawberries. I have a raspberry, blackberry and blueberry plant but I don’t think they’ll do anything this year. Keeping them potted though so they don’t take over. lol Ok, the end of my book!! :)

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Alea August 15, 2009 at 9:02 pm

My tomatoes are going crazy here too! I have been dicing the cherry tomatoes up and adding them to chili, soup, and spaghetti, as well as roasting them and adding them to salads. So far no complaints from my family.

I know you have a while before your first frost, but when it arrives, you can pull your tomato plants up by the roots and hang them upside down in the garage and pick the tomatoes off as they ripen.

Here is my latest update: http://premeditatedleftovers.blogspot.com/2009/08/garden-update.html

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Carissa White August 16, 2009 at 12:50 pm

My garden has suprised the heck out of me this year. This is the first garden I’ve ever had and well it is doing awesome! I have had over 155 zucchini and yellow squash – tons of turnips and beets and carrots much more kale than I know what to do with and lots of snap peas and romain. My beens didn’t do so well but have had a few side dishes with them and I have some leeks that are will be ready in a few weeks and some broccolini that I just planted and will hope it matures before it freezes. Love the updates on everyone’s gardens.

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Fairy Dust August 16, 2009 at 2:08 pm

a few zucchini, a few tomatoes, a lot of sick-looking tomato plants with rotten maters, a lot of zucchini leaves, stems and flowers w/very few fruits. Weird year in our garden.

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Tiffany August 16, 2009 at 7:28 pm

Our tomatoes are just pitiful. It’s been so cool here this summer and I think that makes a difference. Our carrots did great though. The basil looks pretty good too. And not that we’ve had a bit of hot and humid I think the cucumber might actually produce something.

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Amanda August 17, 2009 at 8:50 pm

My tomatoes have taken over my garden, but I love it! I love the idea of freezing the hot peppers whole. I have been wondering what to do with all of them, and now I have a solution, thanks! Check out my recent garden update: http://copingwithfrugality.blogspot.com/2009/08/garden-update.html

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Angela August 17, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Our tomatoes have given up the ghost here in FL. We’ve still got eggplant, bell peppers, and plenty of herbs going strong. We also have a science-experiment-lima-bean-plant… I’m not sure what it’s going to do!

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Crista August 17, 2009 at 11:05 pm

My neighbor’s tomatoes (in our garden) are doing fabulously – I’m hoping she’ll share, lol! Our potatoes have been awesome, cukes, sweet corn, kholrabi, snow peas, lettuce…Planted beans twice and have had scads of those too – I’ve decided I want to plant succesively every year. Oh – my garden is approximately 70×30, I couldn’t make do with a SFG!

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