Square Foot Gardening – An Update

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 26, 2010

Good news first, or bad news first?!

Let’s go with good news first.

Things are growing. (I always fear that nothing will grow!)

The squash plants are all beginning to flower and I don’t doubt that we’ll have squash and zucchini coming off soon.

Each of the tomato plants has quite a few new stems with tomatoes forming.  The first one is getting to be quite large and I’m hoping to see some red soon.

And my hot peppers are starting to produce too…looking forward to some pico de gallo and hot salsa!!!

(I have no idea what happened to that picture?!?)

And now for the bad news….

This is one of my poor little green pepper plants…all the leaves and branches munched off by the resident chipmunk. That little critter is waring on my nerves!!!

Yes…that is a green pepper growing upside down. Confusing, I know.

In other bad news…I pulled up the mustard greens and arugula…as they just didn’t make it.  I’m *thinking* the HEAT that we had in May was not so great for their growth?! That coupled with the fact that I got the seeds into the ground so late…poor things didn’t have a chance!

Harvest

We have been eating side salads from the garden lettuce and some of the stems are starting to produce more nice Bibb leaves…so more salad for us!

I think that about raps it up…just waiting for more growth and to start harvesting more!

If you’d like to learn more about Square Foot Gardening, please check out the Square Foot Gardening books by Mel Bartholemew.

Next weeks Grow. Eat. $ave. vegetable is Lettuces and Greens. I’ll be sharing a Swiss Chard recipe! Now get those recipes ready!

How ’bout you…what’s growing 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!!!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Min June 26, 2010 at 9:16 am

The amount of green beans I pick daily is amazing. I think it is about two pounds a day. All from seeds.

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Alea June 26, 2010 at 10:11 am

I have had some difficulty in my garden this spring, but it has been because of the cold rather than the heat. You can plant the arugula and spinach this fall when it cools down and it will produce all winter long (we had several feet of snow and -10 degree temps) and they survived along with the parsley, chard, and kale. It is nice to be able to eat something from the garden year round.

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Bethany June 26, 2010 at 10:28 am

Your garden is looking good! That’s too bad about your pepper :( Chipmunks aren’t quite as cute when they’re eating your garden. Can’t wait to see the next update!

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Glenda June 26, 2010 at 11:36 am

Thank you for the link up! I’m so excited for our tomatoes to get bigger and we have been using some of the hot peppers, now. Yum!

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Wendy June 26, 2010 at 2:48 pm

It looks like we’re about the same stage in a lot of our plants! The fence is really helping to keep out the critters.

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Cupcake Mommie (Jessica) June 26, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Okay, so we were out today at the zoo and I forgot to finish up my garden post which I had started earlier.

I went to read your post and thought–that sound familiar.

Our posts were very similar–Good News/Bad News version. I swear I started mine earlier before reading yours :)

I guess gardens go through the same stages. I’m hoping we all have more Good News to share in the weeks to come!

Thanks for the linkies!

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Tina June 26, 2010 at 8:21 pm

We are so having a squash casserole tomorrow! Maybe some tuna stuffed tomatoes, too! And our greens beans, lettuce and spinach didn’t make it and our pumpkin, yellow squash and watermelon are still questionable. =(

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Mother Chaos June 26, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Aww…sorry about the chipmunk problem. I just discovered our cat problem is a lot bigger than I’d thought – I knew they were diggers and poopers, but I didn’t realize just how much *nibbling* they do!! My poor, poor little artichokes…

We’re starting to get up into the hundreds now, and you can REALLY see which plants like it (tomatoes, squashes and corn) and which ones don’t (the lettuces and I’m a leeeeetle worried about my green beans – they’ve been champion producers, but this afternoon they looked a little…limp-ish…)

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ATL Cook June 26, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Well, you are right–heat got those greens. Here in ATL, the first week of April was the end of collards, mustard, and kale. Too hot; they bolt and taste bitter too. I worked a CSA 3 days that week as a volunteer @ Master Gardener. The greens were planted in late September, I think and they will over winter here in GA. I will plant kale late this Fall.

I started feeding 2 wild cats last winter and they have kept all the critters out of my urban garden. Not a squirrel to be seen! I keep lots of water out for them in 101º weather like this week. Feed them 1 time per day, to encourage them to catch some of their own food.

Okra, squash, and zucchini are really blooming. Told them at church last Sunday–lock your car or you will have a bag of zucchini on your front seat.

I would love to try artichokes this Fall???

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Rhonda Merritt June 27, 2010 at 7:57 am

This is my first year to plant a “garden”. I made a small lasagna garden beside my deck. I have 1 tomato plant with about 10 little green tomatoes on it; 1 zucchini plant that took over the whole thing! It has several yellow blossoms- it looks like a bush! I have a few cucumber plants that are blooming. And 1 watermelon plant. I planted 6 green pepper plants in pots, and they are thriving. I’m so excited to grow some things! I also planted 2 blueberry bushes and 2 raspberry bushes, and ate 3 raspberries yesterday! I love the lasagna garden style, my soil is so bad otherwise.

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Crystal June 28, 2010 at 3:42 pm

At least it was just a plant eaten by one animal. We replanted twice so far due to major hail storms. Hubby still hasn’t built the protective hail cover and yet again last night we had a hail storm. We had big banana peppers already and bell peppers as well. Some of our tomatoes survived, others were not so lucky. As for our squash…well they are toast! :( It’s so discouraging and I am wondering if we should even try to replant now that we are almost in July. So glad that yours if looking great!! Hope you get to harvest a ton of wonderful produce!

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