Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Third Year SFG in Canada
by TNGeezer Today at 5:28 pm

» Mel's Mix shows it is worth its weight in gold
by TNGeezer Today at 5:14 pm

» Bryan Greenbeard of Minnesota's 2017 Plans
by Greenbeard Today at 5:09 pm

» First of the Season
by newbeone Today at 4:49 pm

» N & C Midwest: April 2017!
by Scorpio Rising Today at 3:44 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in April 2017?
by trolleydriver Today at 3:37 pm

» cucumber beetles
by RC3291 Today at 3:20 pm

» 2017 SFG Adventures in Hampstead, NC
by Turan Today at 1:22 pm

» Amaranth
by countrynaturals Today at 12:56 pm

» Pallet Wacking
by Cajun Cappy Today at 12:45 pm

» EWWWWW.........bugs and stuff...good or not so good?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 9:13 am

» An excellent read for those with Diabetes
by CapeCoddess Today at 6:44 am

» Geezer's 17
by Turan Today at 12:22 am

» Has anyone tried 13 per square?
by Turan Today at 12:04 am

» Get Moving!
by StrongAsMeat Yesterday at 10:20 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by StrongAsMeat Yesterday at 10:14 pm

» Butterflies
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 4:36 pm

» Reading Material?
by TNGeezer Yesterday at 3:56 pm

» Hello from Chino, CA (Zone 10a)
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:00 pm

» Podding Radishes, Anyone?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 2:48 pm

» who has chickens
by RC3291 Yesterday at 2:00 pm

» April Avatar: Show Yourself!
by llama momma Yesterday at 1:22 pm

» Please comment on the plant layout for 2017
by greenthumbtobe Yesterday at 12:26 pm

» Healthy Meals
by RoOsTeR Yesterday at 11:21 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:12 am

» Mary Mary quite contrary, how does your garlic grow?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 9:44 am

» New England April 2017
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 9:27 am

» Potato Harvest 2017
by RC3291 Yesterday at 9:03 am

» What's in the bottom of your raised bed?
by RC3291 Yesterday at 8:57 am

» Spider Mites?
by yolos 4/21/2017, 10:50 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Glad I'm taking pictures - boy how quickly they grow!

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Glad I'm taking pictures - boy how quickly they grow!

Post  moswell on 5/16/2011, 9:26 pm

I'm doing my first SFG this year, and I guess that this is why parents take so many pictures of their kids - you just don't notice how much they grow when you see them every day! I just took a new picture of the garden this afternoon and compared it to a few weeks ago. I didn't actually think things had grown much, but what a difference:


This is a picture from May 1, right after I planted the peppers (middle two squares) and tomatoes (top two squares on the right).


Here's what it looks like today. From this picture you can't quite see how well the tomatoes have grown, but the peppers - wow! They look significantly bigger. What fun. Very Happy
avatar
moswell

Female Posts : 361
Join date : 2011-04-28
Age : 40
Location : Delaware County, PA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Glad I'm taking pictures - boy how quickly they grow!

Post  jazzymaddy on 5/16/2011, 10:13 pm

This post made me smile. I was looking at pictures earlier today and had the very same conversation with my husband. A week and a half can make such a huge difference.

Great looking garden!
avatar
jazzymaddy

Female Posts : 309
Join date : 2011-03-20
Age : 42
Location : Fort Mill, SC

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Glad I'm taking pictures - boy how quickly they grow!

Post  WolfHeart on 5/17/2011, 7:30 am

Great pictures!

Thanks for sharing
avatar
WolfHeart

Male Posts : 159
Join date : 2011-02-10
Age : 48
Location : Cincinnati, OH

View user profile http://wolfheart68.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Glad I'm taking pictures - boy how quickly they grow!

Post  dixie on 5/17/2011, 8:05 am

Yes, it is amazing how fast everything grows in MM. I took several pictures yesterday too. SFG is so easy, you have to find something to do to keep yourself busy.
avatar
dixie

Female Posts : 754
Join date : 2010-03-02
Age : 68
Location : Southeast Tennessee

View user profile http://www.zibbet.com/dixiedazzletoo

Back to top Go down

Re: Glad I'm taking pictures - boy how quickly they grow!

Post  moswell on 5/17/2011, 8:52 am

Thanks everyone. Here's hoping things continue to grow - we're getting plenty of rain up here in NJ this week!
avatar
moswell

Female Posts : 361
Join date : 2011-04-28
Age : 40
Location : Delaware County, PA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Glad I'm taking pictures - boy how quickly they grow!

Post  moswell on 5/30/2011, 6:29 pm

Well boy am I excited. I found blossoms on my Roma tomato plant (in a pot), my pea plants, and my hot banana pepper plant! Here are a couple photos:


This is the roma tomato plant. I hope I was right in letting it get bushy since it's a determinate plant. . .


Here's the garden as a whole about two months in. THe only things not showing well are the basil and oregano because they were planted from seed on May 1. But they are sprouting. Very Happy


A close-up of the big stuff growing. The zucchini squash in the back left, the peas in the back second from left (many blossoms opened today, this was taken yesterday), the hot pepper right in front of that, and my two other tomato plants next to the peas (sungold and ramapo). I'm trying not to be concerned that these two tomato plants aren't as big and bushy as the roma plant. . .
avatar
moswell

Female Posts : 361
Join date : 2011-04-28
Age : 40
Location : Delaware County, PA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Harvest!!!!

Post  moswell on 6/6/2011, 7:53 pm

Woohoo. Smile I picked my first harvest today.



Sugar snap peas, shallot tops, parsley, and some scallions that came up from a pot I'd planted last year.



And the dinner I made from said harvest. A shrimp stir-fry with thai chili sauce. The peas were outrageously sweet - I wish I'd had more of them!
avatar
moswell

Female Posts : 361
Join date : 2011-04-28
Age : 40
Location : Delaware County, PA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Glad I'm taking pictures - boy how quickly they grow!

Post  jazzymaddy on 6/6/2011, 8:33 pm

That looks amazing. Congrats! Care to share thar recipe? I'd love to give that a try!
avatar
jazzymaddy

Female Posts : 309
Join date : 2011-03-20
Age : 42
Location : Fort Mill, SC

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Glad I'm taking pictures - boy how quickly they grow!

Post  moswell on 6/6/2011, 8:42 pm

@jazzymaddy wrote:That looks amazing. Congrats! Care to share thar recipe? I'd love to give that a try!

Sure - it's a very modified version of this: http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Stir_fried-Shrimp-In-Garlic-Sauce-Recipezaar . I didn't have a lot of the stuff in my cabinet, but it's just a basic stir fry dish.

I used vidalia onion (which I had in the pantry), scallions, shallot tops, and peas along with the garlic and ginger in the vegetable part. No fresh thai chiles in the house, but they'd probably have been too hot for me anyway! If any of my garden peppers had been ready, I would have added them (I think I'm going to have to freeze some peas so that I can make this again when the peppers are ready Wink ).

For the sauce, I used white wine vinegar, sherry, thai chili sauce, vegetable oil (probably would have been better with sesame oil, but I didn't have any in the house). No soy sauce (I don't like it). Since I didn't use soy, I did add some salt into my recipe.

I added about half the parsley when I added the sauce, and left half to top off the dish at the end so it was really fresh tasting. If my basil had been ready, I would have used that instead of the parsley.

The only thing I didn't like about the recipe is that I don't think the liquid to cornstarch ratio is right - it made the sauce way too thick, so I added more chicken stock after I put in the cornstarch to loosen the sauce a bit more.
avatar
moswell

Female Posts : 361
Join date : 2011-04-28
Age : 40
Location : Delaware County, PA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Glad I'm taking pictures - boy how quickly they grow!

Post  jazzymaddy on 6/6/2011, 8:50 pm

Thanks so much. Now if I can just remember to buy shrimp next time I'm at the store, we'll be set. Cannot wait to try it.
avatar
jazzymaddy

Female Posts : 309
Join date : 2011-03-20
Age : 42
Location : Fort Mill, SC

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Glad I'm taking pictures - boy how quickly they grow!

Post  moswell on 6/6/2011, 8:51 pm

@jazzymaddy wrote:Thanks so much. Now if I can just remember to buy shrimp next time I'm at the store, we'll be set. Cannot wait to try it.

You're welcome! Ooh, and you're down south and can probably get Gulf Coast shrimp easier than I can up here! I have to wait and snatch it up in 2 lb bags on the rare occasions I can get it in the supermarket here. Smile The wild caught are so much better than farm raised.
avatar
moswell

Female Posts : 361
Join date : 2011-04-28
Age : 40
Location : Delaware County, PA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Glad I'm taking pictures - boy how quickly they grow!

Post  Barkie on 6/7/2011, 4:09 am

Way to go Moswell! It is amazing what difference a fortnight or a month makes. I hope my sfg veg grows this fast too. Now you have made my stomach start rumbling with that pic. Snap peas are horrendously expensive and flabby by the time they are on the store shelves here so they were one of the first new things I wanted to grow this year.

Barkie

Posts : 306
Join date : 2011-03-25
Location : Wales, Uk. Last frost May

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Glad I'm taking pictures - boy how quickly they grow!

Post  moswell on 6/20/2011, 10:21 pm

Just an update - my sungold tomato definitely has survived the torment I put it through trying to get rid of aphids, and has grown significantly and has several buds and itty-bitty tomatoes. Smile Everything else is doing quite nicely as well!

Here's the garden as of 6/20:


The Roma tomato isn't doing quite as nicely recovering from my aphid treatment disaster (see http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t7819-should-i-give-up-on-these-plants), but it still has some buds and a few tomatoes. When I went hunting down replacement plants, I picked up a couple extra tomato plants, and those are in the other two pots (a Moreton on the left, and Ramapo in the middle).


The zucchini is looking great, and I can't wait to see which of the little buds will turn into flowers. Wink
avatar
moswell

Female Posts : 361
Join date : 2011-04-28
Age : 40
Location : Delaware County, PA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Glad I'm taking pictures - boy how quickly they grow!

Post  moswell on 7/5/2011, 4:02 pm

July 5 update:

Pulled peas and shallots today. Got a fair harvest from each I think, especially considering I never was able to grow much before. Smile

Here are some photos of how things stand:

I'm actually getting more Roma tomatoes despite nearly killing the plant. Smile I'm thinking that with the new buds, I may end up with around 20 or so tomatoes.


The SFG as it stands today with peas and shallots pulled. I'll put another sungold tomato plant that I rooted from a cutting where the peas were.


Male flowers on the zucchini. There are some stems that show female buds (little zucchinis below them), but the buds haven't opened yet.


You'll have to trust me that this is a little banana pepper. Wink


The sungold is producing like mad now. If I remember correctly from last year, these are close to the right size now, so I'm hoping they'll start ripening soon!
avatar
moswell

Female Posts : 361
Join date : 2011-04-28
Age : 40
Location : Delaware County, PA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Glad I'm taking pictures - boy how quickly they grow!

Post  moswell on 7/13/2011, 9:58 pm

I've learned so much just in a few months from this board and the gardening I've done. I'm very excited, because it's nice to see fruit actually growing and ripening. Sungolds and Romas are turning color (sungolds a bit more slowly, but I can definitely see some color changes). The bell pepper has quite a bit of fruit set. My herbs are just wonderful - I love being able to walk out and pick what I need to cook with. The zucchini is finally starting to show some signs of vegetable growth - the first few female stems didn't ever grow enough to have their flowers open, but I've got at least one that looks about ready to open now. Right now the only thing bothering me is that I'm going to be out of town for a week, and it's going to kill me not to be around to enjoy the garden!



The ripening Romas - I only have a few that are ripening at the moment due to last month's disaster. I'm not sure these will be good to eat - they're a little oddly shaped, probably due to the stress I put them through. But the plant is setting a lot more fruit now, so in time I'll have more and might get a batch of tomato sauce out of it.


Growing zucchini.


Lovely bell peppers.


Ripening sungolds.
avatar
moswell

Female Posts : 361
Join date : 2011-04-28
Age : 40
Location : Delaware County, PA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Glad I'm taking pictures - boy how quickly they grow!

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum