Square Foot Gardening Update #5


Pea Pods (Wave to the Hubs!)


Cherry Tomatoes


Green Beans (I just discovered these guys on Thursday…they were hiding underneath all the leaves!  What a fun surprise!)

Doesn’t the garden look bare?  I pulled up the spinach and lettuce.  The spinach had run its course and it’s time for round 2.  I learned I wasn’t picking the lettuce correctly, so it started withering.  So I replanted and hope it won’t get too hot for this next round!

Planning on picking a lot of basil and mint and using them up next week!  Thinking PESTO!

Have a link for your garden update?  I’d love to come take a peek at your garden…leave it in the comments!!!


  1. says

    hot diggity – your garden is coming on beautifully!! My tomatoes are just at the flowering stage, and my zukes/squash plants haven’t quite gotten to the baby phase yet, but hopefully that’ll start soon. It’s been a pretty wet, cool spring so far (with a few notable heat spikes sprinkled in for fun).

  2. says

    I have been following your garden since the beginning and I am in awe of how beautiful it is. You are my shero. I can’t wait until I get a house so I can do this too.

  3. Sarah says

    A friend and I are doing our first garden together and blogging the whole thing! We haven’t been able to harvest anything yet but we are excited!

  4. says

    I am impressed by your little garden! I have been watching it unfold… sorry I don’t comment as much as I should, but I do read all your posts from my outlook 😉 Keep up the good work and I can’t wait to see how you use your new garden foods in your recipes.
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  5. says

    Your garden looks wonderful! Our spring and June was the coldest on record since the 1940’s (I think that is what they had said on CBC). Needless to say, most of my plants couldn’t get put into the ground until a week and a half ago. We are way behind you! Our furnace was on a week and a half ago and today it is 31 degrees celsius. Manitoba weather can be a challenge. That said, my eggplants are blooming and the broccoli has been loving the cooler temps from 2 weeks ago – I had to cover because of nightly frost though. My beans are just peaking up through the soil. The rhubarb is doing incredibly well as my husband top-dressed it with a load of manure. I will be picking it and freezing a bunch for wine-making in the winter. Yum.

  6. says


    Your garden looks great and is ahead of mine. I see three tomatoes coming in and one spicy pepper, but I need to find a way to cage in my squash because the buds keep disappearing! You said you were not harvesting your lettuce correctly. What do you mean? Mine is not doing well, and I wonder if I am making the same mistake as you.

    Have a great day with the family!


    • says

      I was pulling the leaves from the outside when apparently taking them from the inside will tell the lettuce to keep growing from the inside.

  7. says

    Looks great!! Are you a fan of wax beans? I wasn’t until I started gardening- they are the beans that just won’t quit. Down here in zone 10b in South Florida, my veggies are starting to wilt in the heat, but those little guys just keep on coming!

    I’ve really enjoyed my garden successes, and even my failures! It’s so nice to know where my food is really coming from. Come by and see my little ‘failure’ I had yesterday- http://www.karasgarden.com!

  8. Jerilyn says

    My tiny container garden looks so pathetic. Between the sweltering heat we’ve been getting and the constant downpours (which seem to come either 1 day apart or on the same day!) my plants look so sad. I have some peas and some grape tomatoes that hopefully will make it, though it might be enough for 1 each. lol.

  9. says

    Wait are you saying that you can start taking lettuce leaves from the plant instead of waiting until it’s all done? Or are you talking about a different kind I just have regular lettuce?

    Sorry first year, I’m new at this!

    Thanks for your help!

    • says

      I was taking them before the lettuce head had appeared! My husband started going out and getting 1 leaf for his lunch sandwiches…then I got impatient and started picking a few leaves here and there for my salad. I was taking from the outside and I should have been taking from the inside…as more would have grown up from the middle. Live and learn!

  10. Krissy says

    Hey Erin,

    I am also growing squash in my garden – any suggestions for a tasty recipe for yellow squash? I have a standard casserole recipe with soup and crackers but would like to add to my recipes. Thanks.


  11. Jeff says

    Down in the south (where it’s 101 today) we’ve been going at it for a while. My son loves his garden and the fresh tomatoes and carrots.

  12. Jeanne says

    I love your square foot garden. I am doing a raised bed that is currently becoming overgrown. I have asparagas, eggplant, jalapeno pepper, green beans, corn, roma tomatos, and cucumber. Soon to add furrows of more corn and anything else I can stick in the ground. It is amazing what will grow in a small space. I also water from a sprinkler above the garden. Last year no pesticides what so ever, not even Seven dust. This year aphids are trying to take hold so a little seven to the rescue. Keep posting the pics.

  13. Julene says

    Your garden looks great! I planted mine so late. I really hope that it comes in soon. It has been so cold and rainy here in Ut this summer, weird. Plus the baby blue jays next to my garden are litte pests. I had to build a “cage” with chicken wire around my whold garden to keep them out. I am learning that gardening is quite hard.

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