I couldn’t be happier with our weather this summer. Heck, even spring was fantastic! The abundant sunshine and high temperatures have been great for the garden (and me!). I can’t believe I haven’t been gardening in raised boxes my entire life. From this point forward, I wouldn’t do it any other way.
It just makes it SO easy. I haven’t had to pull even one weed of course, watering is a breeze, and all the plants seem to really enjoy being nestled together. Two thumbs up for square foot gardening.
The only small battle I’ve had is with beetles on my zucchini and squash plants. By the time I started to notice the bugs and figured out what was happening, the plants quickly went downhill. I’ll probably lose the zucchini. It has yet to produce anything edible.
But I caught the yellow squash in time and we’ve been enjoying them grilled, in smoothies, egg scrambles, and salads.
We’ve already gone through three plantings of spinach and two waves of different types of lettuce.
One wave of beets and carrots. The kale is abundant and I love how it just continues to grow as I snip.
I planted more beets and carrots yesterday and another wave of snap peas in hopes that we’ll continue to have great weather and I’ll have a vegetable crop well into late October.
I planted all heirloom tomatoes and they are growing like crazy! After a small issue with blossom rot I added organic bone meal to the soil and now all is well.
The Sunsugar tomatoes were the first to begin to ripen about a week ago.
Very sweet and wonderful in our salads.
The other tomato plants are just now beginning to ripen. Fingers crossed they won’t all ripen at once or we’ll be up to our ears.
I’ve already dried several batches of herbs.
Not wanting to let carrot tops and beet greens go to waste, I also dried those along with kale, swiss chard, and spinach.
Simple to do and an easy way to add super nutrients to almost anything. In fact, it dawned on me that I could make my own Super Greens powder to add to smoothies, soups, stews, or even baked goods. You probably already know that super green powders sold online and in stores are quite pricey for the good ones. Mine is about as inexpensive as you can get. The price of a packet of seeds basically.
All I did was dehydrate the greens I wanted in my powder, put them in a baggie to crush them, and then whiz them up in the Nutribullet.
Such a gorgeous, healthy, color.
Incredibly easy and inexpensive. A 1/4 cup of dried powder holds the contents and nutrients of at least 12-16 cups of fresh greens. A tiny bit goes a long way.
Easy gardening, easy dehydrating… high yield happiness.
The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.
Everything looks so bright and green. Your lawn is so green! I’m glad you’re having a lovely summer. We’re having the opposite down here with the coldest winter on record and snow is surrounding Sydney. That’s like saying, ‘snow if surrounding LA’. I like how well your garden is doing and I’m super-impressed you haven’t had to pull a weed xx
Totally jealous of your crops. It would take an incredible amount of work to do that in the heat of Florida. It would be an all day commitment to watering. I did tomatoes one year and had to water them three times a day. It was not worth it.