My Square Foot Garden: Update, Sort of

The garden is getting to be pretty much done for. There are lots of sweet bell peppers turning red. I need to freeze them but I’m about out of space. I’ve been considering getting a small chest type freezer for a long time but I haven’t done it yet. By next year, I hope to be more successful and have a big enough harvest that it will be an essential purchase. So far, I haven’t been able to see it that way.

Last Sunday, I picked the melons that appeared to be ripe and lined them up for a Picture for Posterity.

Watermelons

I let them sit outside overnight until the next afternoon so the dirt on them would get dry. As I was bringing them in, the stem on the smallest one broke just as I was coming up the steps and it burst. I brought it in and washed it off as well as I could and split it open. It was solid inside and a nice red. I didn’t think to take its picture so you’ll have to trust me. I chunked it up and put it in a three cup container in the fridge. Next day, I finished cutting up my next to the last watermelon I’d bought and put the homegrown one in with it. It was the first of my own melon I took to work to eat for lunch. A milestone!

Tonight, I washed three melons and put them in the fridge for tomorrow. I hope it won’t take all three but who knows? They may be spongy like the big one but I hope not. They are what are sold as “personal” melons—at least, size wise. We’ll see in the morning.

Seems the cucumbers have outlasted the pickle worms for the most part. I’m able to get a few here and there. I almost bought some pickling cucumbers yesterday at Wally World but I decided I’ll eat the ones from the garden as long as they are producing. The vines look sad but I had a cucumber in my salad today that was the crispest one I’ve ever eaten. This picture is of what I harvested Sunday and they are long gone.

Late Cucumbers

They aren’t pretty but, boy! are they good!!

I had planned to plant kale last Sunday but I had a hard time feeling any way but do-less. If I don’t get it out soon, I might as well not plant it at all until spring. That wouldn’t be a good deal, either, because it’s so much better when there’s been a good frost to make it sweeter. This Sunday, I’ll try to get myself in gear.

All in all, the garden has been a success as far as cucumbers and peppers are concerned. The jury is still out on the bulk of the watermelons and we all know the tomato crop was a disaster. I plan to plant some lettuces and arugula now that the days are getting cooler. I’d say I have a long way to go to break even on the cost of the boxes. However, to me, gardening is having the satisfaction of eating the fruits of my labor and, as They say, that’s priceless.

5 Responses to My Square Foot Garden: Update, Sort of

  1. Lila September 18, 2009 at 8:18 am #

    Tommie, you have accomplished a lot this summer, and branched out in a whole new area. Now I’m looking forward to what next summer brings.

  2. Cassandra September 18, 2009 at 7:18 pm #

    Those are some nice looking watermelons!

    • Tommie September 18, 2009 at 7:47 pm #

      Wisht I lived where I could garden year ’round but I’ll settle for what I have at the moment, Lila.

      Cass, the melons look nicer than they taste. I had the largest one today. The meat filled a three cup container and I would have asked for my money back had I bought it. 🙁

  3. Ashley Hamilton September 21, 2009 at 6:42 pm #

    YUUMMMMMMMM

    I really hope i get one more melon before they are totally bad!!!

    • Tommie September 21, 2009 at 7:14 pm #

      Better hurry up! They’re on their way out. The place I usually get mine didn’t have a single one today. 🙁

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