I am seriously behind in updating you on the progress of my Square Foot Garden! It has been another great year of watching tiny seeds and seedlings become big beautiful plants full of heathy goodness for my family. This process never ceases to amaze me, especially when I am quite the neglectful gardener.
Square foot gardening takes so little work. The soil mixture is super absorbent which is quite forgiving of my infrequent watering. It also takes just one bag of compost each season, which gives my plants all the nutrition they need for the season. I don’t fertilize at all. Oh..and weeds? They do not exist in a square foot garden. There is no room for them.
The last time I wrote about gardening, it was spring and my garden looked like the above pic.
Now…it looks like this:
Whoa, right? Amazing. Those tiny swiss chard plants have been growing leaves bigger than my head. They are great for juicing, blending into green smoothies. Basil is sitting pretty right next to it, and will be made into pesto this week. There is dill in there, taller than my waist. My cucumbers are super happy and just keep growing up, up, up and producing much fruit. I used a pallet as support for my cuckes and it has worked great. There is a pepper plant in there…which is hard to see. I replaced kale with baby pumpkin after the cool weather growing season of spring.
Speaking of kale…I grew a ton of it, but was very disappointed that squash bugs got to it. This is my first time dealing with squash bugs and they are nasty little things! They lay a bazillion little eggs to the underside of leaves. I spent a few evenings out there with duct tape, dabbing at those dumb eggs. I won the battle without insecticide, but they ate most of my kale and one summer squash plant before I won. They have tried to get to my baby pumpkins, but I was not having it and drowned the few adults I found and then went after their eggs with my weapon of choice–good ol’ duct tape.
The above picture is my second 4×2 bed, full of spring time plantings of kale and chard.
I replaced the kale with tomatoes, pepper, more swiss chard and a squash plant. All have done beautifully except my squash plant. May he RIP.
I planted just one cucumber plant, and it has kept us in supply of cucumbers for all of July and August, and it is still producing.
My tomatoes are not as productive as last year, but still holding their own and doing just fine. Ahhh…I’m so gonna miss the deliciousness of a still-warm from- the- sun, vine-ripened tomato. I just made freezer salsa, which made my entire family very happy!
So much leafy beauty and texture! The red veins of this Rainbow Chard is just breathtaking.
The vine of mini pumpkins is just going crazy and taking over my deflated wheelbarrow. I can’t wait to use them as fun fall decorations in a week or so. I envision large glass vases full of mini pumpkins adorning my dining room table.
What about you? Are you a gardener? Do you want to be? What flourished in your garden this year? What bombed?