Sunday, June 10, 2012

Early June in the Square Foot Garden

The first seven days of June have past. Before you know it there will be juicy ripe tomatoes. For now, let's take a look at the square foot garden plus the potato towers.

As of 7 June, over 8oz/226g of young, tender, fresh, sweet snow peas have been harvested. Lettuce will be the next. 

This is the potato tower #1, planted first. Atop the tower is a cherry tomato plant. There are several cherry tomatoes close to harvesting size. Warm nights are needed to ripen the fruit.

The encircled are actually potato plants that grew up instead of out the sides of the tower.

Here are the potatoes that cooperated by growing out the sides of the tower.

This is one of the bell pepper plants. There is one orange and one red plant. 

This is one of the many varieties of full size tomato plants.

This is the lettuce from a mixed packet of loose leaf style lettuce seeds.

In the center of the plot is a solar powered light that was used to light a few squares when trying to capture time lapse images of slugs at night.

The snow peas will soon be finished bearing fruit. Today melon and cucumber seeds were planted in the rear of the square foot plot now inhabited by the snow peas. This is where the trellis was placed. The melon and cucumbers vines will be trained up the trellis. 


Once the melons begin to form, they will be placed into ladies nylon hose and tied to the trellis. This will provide the melons needed support and still allow room for expansion.

Bush bean seeds were also planted amongst the lettuce squares in the front row of the plot. The lettuce will bolt to seed as the temperatures rise. The beans will take over the squares where the lettuce now grows.

Fertilizer will be added to the squares because of the intense use of the garden. Both fish emulsion and blood meal and green sand will be used. Blood meal and green sand will be scratched into the surface of the soil once the snow peas and lettuce are exhausted. Fish emulsion in a water solution will be applied every two or three weeks. That should be plenty but the plants will be monitored for both under and over fertilization.

Can you almost taste the tomatoes, too?

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