Sunday, August 5, 2012

Square Foot Gardening Update - August

  It's August already; how did that happen?  And with August comes the start of harvest time.  My Square Foot Garden project has turned out nicely. Things are lush and green and many vegetables are at their peak now, despite the dry summer. We've had a couple of good rainfalls in the last few weeks so that helped a lot.
 The tomatoes got away from me a little bit.  I continually plucked the suckers to promote growth on stronger stems, but I was away a few days and then neglected it a little when I got back.  All of a sudden I realized I had a tomato jungle. Note to self:  Be more vigilant with the tomato vines.

I love the way my pole beans are climbing up my recycled fencing.  We picked some last night for our supper and it was so nice to be able to do it standing up. Next year I will reverse the beans and tomatoes, The tomatoes are climbing on a taller fence section, and they don't need as much height as the beans.

Can you see it?  My first watermelon.  I'm so excited.  Once again my city-girl roots are showing.

Another lesson learned was that the melons take up way more room than we had anticipated.  We already have plans for adjustments to our garden squares.  We are going to add at least two more 4x4 sections. One for a small strawberry patch, and the other plants are to be determined. I'll definitely plant more tomatoes on one of the fence sections. Maybe a few different varieties.   I'd love to can salsa and spaghetti sauce. The melons will be planted farther out where they can stretch out more in a longer 4x8 strip..

We've managed to keep the deer and other critters away with the marigolds and herbs.  We've been using Safer Brand spray for the insects.  So far we are keeping organic.  I'll let you know how that goes as well.

Tomorrow I plan to start drying some herbs.  Can't wait to get to it.

You might also like to visit my cooking blog at An Herbal Bedfellow.

1 comment:

Sharon said...

Your garden is fantastic. I have little to show for all my efforts. We had so much rain that almost everything rotted. I have a few beans, some lettuce, zucchini, swiss chard,carrots but my peas all drowned. Well there is always next year. :-)