Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Square Foot Gardening Update - September
Overall, I'd say our first year with square foot gardening was a success. There are few things I would have done differently and now is the time to make notes in my log book for next year.
The cucumbers and tomatoes worked well on a vertical support. We only planted one variety of tomatoes on one vertical. Next year. I want to try different varieties that will be ready for harvest at different times so I don't have to figure out what to do with them all at once. I am plan on canning some tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, and maybe some salsa. This year I made salsa but froze it.
We decided we didn't care for the pole beans so we'll go back to bush beans next year, and add yellow cut beans to some of the squares.
Corn was not suitable to our small amount of space and so the Farmer's Market will have our business there.
The broccoli, cabbage, and lettuce were all attacked by a host of bugs. Since went all organic, it was new to us to try to figure out how to handle it. We used Safer Brand sprays but as soon as the rain came we had to spray over and over again. It was frustrating.
Carrots and green onions were a success, but although we had radishes, there were not enough to bother with. So at this point we are undecided about those.
Watermelon and gourds were lots of fun to grow but need plenty of space; I didn't feel these were suitable for the square foot garden.
I plant to sit down today with my graphs and charts and plan for next spring. I'm sure there will be some revisions, since my husband plans to make two more 4x4 squares, and a long strip or two , maybe 4x8s, far away from the garden for the muskmelon, summer squash, and zucchini.
The watermelon will be away from the garden, also, so there won't be any more entanglements.
Those are my notes for 2012. Looking for to spring, 2013.
"Gardening is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow." (unknown)
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