Monday, June 28, 2010

Square Foot Gardening Update: Blooms, Beans and Maters

My garden is growing nicely. This year, I converted my boxed garden to a Square Foot Garden, following along with Mel Bartholomew's book, All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!. By following his method I am growing more food in the same space where I have been gardening for years. Because of the efficiency of his method, I now have room to grow vegetables that I have never tried before because I didn't think I had the space.

I have already harvested arugula and lettuce. The arugula was a little sparse, but I am excited to try again in the late summer. My spinach didn't take off at all and I'm not sure why. My lettuce did well.

I love when volunteers come up from prior years. Occasionally I'll get a tomato plant or two sprouting in my garden, but this year I got two plants coming from my compost bin.

I found this guy growing outside my bin. At first I thought it was a weed, so I pulled it. At second glance I realized it was not a weed, so I rooted it in some water and replanted in a new box that we built for raspberries. I don't really need to plant zucchini since I get a ton from my CSA, but I am not going to throw away a free plant. It has quite a few blooms under those leaves. I'll pass along to the neighbors.

I don't know what kind of tomato plant this is, but it is growing out of the compost bin. So I staked it up and hopefully it survives.

Speaking of tomatoes, I have got quite a few green ones growing in my box.


Big Boys. oldest daughter's favorite.


My purple beans are blooming away.

And a few beans are hanging already. They are going to be fun.

The sweet pepper plant has one lonely pepper, hopefully the first of many.

My jalapeno plant has 4 peppers so far. I am craving stuffed jalapenos.

The carrots a growing well too.

But my poor topsy-Turvy strawberry planter is not doing too well. There aren't any blooms and I don't know what to do about it. This is an ever-bearing plant, so it is supposed to bloom and grow all season. Some of the leaves aren't looking very healthy either. I need to do some research and find out what I can do to salvage it.

And this guy is a pie pumpkin that I transplanted because he was getting overshadowed by the zucchini plant, but I don't know if he is going to survive the transplant. Only time will tell.

How is your garden growing? I would love to hear about it in the comments.

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  1. Wonderful, wonderful garden you have. Your tomatoes look so nice. My yard is small, but I try to grow some veggies there too.

  2. I have big boy tomatoes too and they are probably about the same size or just a little bit smaller than yours but still green. I bet you are anxious for harvest!!!

  3. Your garden looks great! It will be wonderful when all those veggies are ready to harvest!!

    Followed you here from TGP

  4. So many tomatoes that are going to be ripening over the next month- I'm jealous! I've got lots of blooms and a few tiny toms, but I've got another 6 weeks wait I'm sure. sigh.
    Thanks for sharing at the TGP!

  5. Looks wonderful... it was fun reading about your square foot adventure~ more plants is always a good thing:)

    I love volunteers too. Don't they always seem to be the healthiest, happiest plants in the garden? I have sun & moon watermelons that come every year... that's what I love about organic/heritage veggies... you always know what you are going to get!

  6. Thanks for visiting Purple Chocolat Home. I am so jealous of your tomatoes. I watch mine every day and only have one or two green ones. I will tell you something new I tried this year you might like. I planted potatoes in a 33 gallon garbage sack with newspapers in the bottom and holes punched in and covered with 6 inches of dirt. Then each time the plants get above the dirt you cover with another six inches. This forces the potatoes to continue to spread and you do this over and over until you reach the top of the bag. When the season is done you split the bag and have layers and layers of potatoes. You can also do it in a 33 gallon can by drilling holes in it. I thought I'd start with the bag. It has been so fun to see them go crazy. Can't wait to split it at the end and see what spills out.


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