My Square Foot Garden Update 3

It’s been a full two weeks since I last reported on my square foot garden and there have been happenings. Here’s the story in text and pictures:

This morning, I went out to see how everything was going. I’d been watching a couple of little “toms” ripen and lo! one looked as if it were ready to eat! I excitedly picked it:

Finally Ripe!

However, as soon as I got my hot little hands on it, I could tell that all was not well. Here’s what I saw when I turned it over:

Disappointment!

Then, when I picked the other one, it was disappointment doubled:

Disappointment X 2

Now, here are some healthier-looking ones (on a different plant) that are between a golf ball-size and a baseball:

'Maters

If you click on the picture, you’ll be able to see that critters are after them.

And here are some little fellers:

Little 'Maters

There are lots of little fellers and I’ll have lots of ‘maters to eat if the critters leave them alone and they don’t die. Here’s what a couple of them look like at the base of the plants:

Yellowing Leaves

What I read online says there are many things that can cause that condition but it’s primarily caused by a nitrogen deficiency which could take more than throwing some nitrogen at it right now. One site talks about building up the soil “over a couple of years” to have tomatoes and that “One or two pest insects and sometimes a fungal disease will become the norm.” Just dandy.

In the meantime, my Cinnamon Basil is doing quite well, thank you:

Cinnamon Basil

You can see something likes it, too. I need to pinch it back again. I have three of these plants and one regular sweet basil in a pot and it’s ‘way more than I can use but I love to smell it. It’s hard to give it away at work, too, since a lot of people don’t know how to use it or if they do use basil, they “get it out of a jar.” Fresh makes everything taste better! One person wanted to know if it’s good for you! Well, yes! It has vitamins and minerals. Most food does, in varying quantities and qualities depending on how it’s fixed. I prefer to leave mine as full of both vitamins and minerals as possible.

Well, folks, the experiment goes on. No Miracle Grow. No pesticides. No herbicides. These may be the most expensive ‘maters ever.

A quick update on Ralphs—they’ve been invaded by white grub worms. I ordered some beneficial nematodes and finally got around to treating them today. I’ve yet to be able to find if grub worms are a danger to earthworms or if they just slurp up all the food. I know they aren’t good for gardens so if I can’t get rid of them in the bin, I can’t use the castings on my plants.

Oh, Ralphs have learned to migrate to the water that collects in the bottom bin. I thought at first that they’d drown in there but they don’t. There was a big knot of them taking a bath this morning.

That’s it for now. Stay tuned for more of my efforts at having a successful garden.

6 Responses to My Square Foot Garden Update 3

  1. Lila August 4, 2008 at 6:13 am #

    What a shame about the tomatoes! Hope the others are not a disaster. I have tomatoes on the plant our sister bequeathed me. We’ll see what happens. Glad you have clean worms!

  2. Tommie August 4, 2008 at 6:16 am #

    I don’t know how clean the water is since it’s “worm tea” but they seemed to be enjoying it!

  3. kristy August 5, 2008 at 8:23 am #

    THe HORROR! THe HORROR!

  4. Tommie August 5, 2008 at 8:28 pm #

    Tell me about it… 🙁

  5. Fruitloop August 5, 2008 at 9:21 pm #

    Oh I am so sorry to hear bout your sick toms! Here’s hoping for healthy ones!

    Floop

  6. Tommie August 5, 2008 at 9:51 pm #

    The others look good but when I went out to check on them this morning, something had dug up one of my basil plants and there were big holes beside several of my tomato plants. It won’t hurt them (I put the dirt back) but the basil may be done for. It doesn’t like being disturbed after planting and it was certainly disturbed. I replanted it as best I could and I watered it thoroughly this afternoon. It had perked up some but it still looked droopy. It was my prettiest one, too. 🙁

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