I’ve been playing in my Square Foot Gardens for months now. I love them! But, they are providing me with a lot of challenges and nothing is growing as consistently as I would like.
The large tomatoes are growing catfaced or splitting open or being eaten! The caterpillars are eating the tomatoes themselves. The birds are shearing off the tops of the plants completely. They’re also shearing off the tops of my bell pepper plants! The romaine lettuce does NOT look like the heads of lettuce at Kroger… but it’s still pretty tasty. My strawberries are being attacked by the ants, who really seem to be enjoying themselves.
The good news is that i have NO weeds. The grape tomatoes have been abundant and really compliment the romaine lettuce. We’ve had lots of caesar salads recently! We’ve had enough strawberries that I was able to make homemade strawberry pancake syrup, which the children adore. I even made homemade pasta sauce on Sunday night, complete with my own home grown basil.
As it stands, I’m “in the red” for produce vs. expenses, but now that the major expenses of building materials and soil have been completed, I should start moving toward breaking even with my winter garden. This weekend, I’m going to pull out about half of the tomato plants, spray the peppers with hot pepper juice to keep the birds off, replant some things in a different area, and start prepping the winter garden.
Who has tips for me? Please share them here, because I need all the help I can get! Otherwise, I fear that my experiment in frugality through growing my own food will fail miserably.