My Square Foot Garden: It’s Really Growing!

I had to go to the big city today for a meeting about “Information Flow Gap Analysis-Patient Data Intake”. I won’t go into the details but it did prove to be quite interesting to see the differences in each area. I think it blew the IT person’s mind. Anyway, that’s not what I’m getting to. After the meeting was over, I went to the Human Resources building to use the facilities and see if I did, indeed, need a new badge. I’ll tell about that in my weekly update. THEN I asked if the Hawaiian Shirt Groupmeister was in and yes, he was. One of the ladies called him and let him know the leader of the group from my neck of the woods was there.

Rather than have me try to find him in the maze of offices on the second level, he met me at the top of the stairs and we had a short visit. The question he asked that relates to tonight’s update was, “Is your garden just a square foot?” Well, no. I told him the boxes are based on square footage and each square foot can be planted (though next year I plan not to have so many tomato plants so close together). Then I said I have two 4′ x 8′ x 12″ boxes and two 2′ x 4′ x 6″ boxes. The latter I want to have converted to 12″ deep, eventually. Ah! That cleared it up for him.

So…here is this week’s update.

It had rained some before I got home so everything was looking fresh and lively. The Crimson Sweet vines are beginning to produce. This is just one of several baby melons:

Crimson Sweet Watermelon Vine and Melon

You can’t see the cucumbers here but it is loaded. Since I picked the biggest one, the others are coming on strong. There are lots of male blossoms but I think there will be plenty of cucumbers to eat and to share.

The Cucumbers Grow and Grow!

The Black Diamond melons are running rampant, too. This one is the biggest one but there are several that are giving it a run for its money.

A Black Diamond Watermelon

Here is that one on the left and its sibling on the right. My neighbor said he would haul some straw up from the produce place to put under the melons. I was there today and it looked like they are about sold out.

Twin Melons

The cherry tomato plant that is more or less in the front center of the picture is tied as high as it can be and is drooped over and hanging down about two feet. It is enormous!!

Cherry Tomato Plant

There are tomatoes galore in my little garden! I plan to dehydrate some of them, eat lots and give away what I can’t use. The Lord is blessing!

Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes!

You will have to trust me that I have peppers. I took a couple of pictures but neither one turned out well. I’ll let people who like green (unripe) ones have some of the peppers but, for me, I’ll leave some on to turn red. They are so much sweeter and have a better flavor when they ripen.

If you look at the largest size picture of my volunteer tomatoes, you will be able to see lots of blooms. There are quite a few little tomatoes on it, too. They are super sweet if they’re what I think (I hope) they are.

Volunteer Cherry Tomatoes

The arugula is almost big enough to start harvesting and it’s still mild enough not to be off-putting.

Baby Arugula

And, TADA!! here’s the long view of my new square foot boxes—my own personal jungle. Did I ever say I love summer? I LOVE SUMMER!

My Personal Jungle

I stopped at Lowe’s today to see if they have coir and the poor woman I asked had no clue what I was talking about. I’d like to get several blocks of it to use for mulch. If you don’t know what it is, Google it and find out!

I’ve had several ripe tomatoes out of my garden and I’m looking forward to more plus plus plus. This afternoon, I had my first Fred’s Mom’s Salad. Honestly, I wasn’t able to get a good enough mango last summer to have one. The only thing out of my garden was the cilantro but it made it! The flavor wouldn’t have had that extra punch without it.

Fred's Mom's Salad

Need I say YUMMY???!!

10 Responses to My Square Foot Garden: It’s Really Growing!

  1. Swayze July 10, 2009 at 12:06 pm #

    Beautiful pics! Quick question: How much sun is your garden getting? I would love to grow melons next year, but none of my yard receives full sunlight. I’m afraid they won’t make it…


    • Tommie July 10, 2009 at 7:15 pm #

      Sorry, Swayze. I really don’t know how much sun it gets but it’s most of the daylight hours. Could you have a container garden in a sunny spot?

  2. James July 10, 2009 at 8:47 pm #

    What a great garden. We grow a garden as well, although small as we live in the City. The arugula looks delicious. I love homegrown vegetables! Eating raw food is the best!

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    • Tommie July 10, 2009 at 9:08 pm #

      This is the second year for me after many years of not having a garden at all. I used to garden on the roof of our underground house but that and one more attempt after we moved was it. My DD and merm garden mostly in containers.

  3. Coco July 11, 2009 at 11:34 am #

    Absolutely beautiful! I don’t have a yard (city apartment) but I am inspired to try a window box, or something!

    • Tommie July 11, 2009 at 9:17 pm #

      Even something like a flower pot can be very satisfying but it will make you want more!

  4. Brian July 12, 2009 at 10:30 am #

    Have to say the tomatoes are looking pretty good, maybe you would like to write a guest post for my blog.

    • Tommie July 12, 2009 at 10:38 am #

      Thanks for the comment and the invitation! I’ll take it under advisement and let you know!

  5. Zucchini Breath July 12, 2009 at 7:07 pm #

    Beautiful! I love summer too.

    • Tommie July 12, 2009 at 7:39 pm #

      I finally got my OWN picture posted on Tastespotting! They kept turning mine down but had published DD’s of me peeling a tomato. I took the image of the salad and tweaked it. Check it out!

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