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.
Grapes…my 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.
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