Square Foot Garden Update (and Links)

The plants have been in the ground over a month now and we are seeing good growth with the warm weather. Our experiment with broccoli has turned out well, as a couple new florets have appeared in the last week. The tomato plants are growing higher, and just this weekend we’ve noticed some new squash.

The fruit trees we planted last fall seemed to have survived as all have sprung leaves. The peach tree appears to be the only one attempting to bear fruit, but I hold out hope that the plum trees may produce later in the season. I didn’t expect much this first year from the fruit trees, so any production is a welcomed surprise.

Here’s a picture to whet your appetite (I’ve posted several more over at the Frugal Dad Facebook Page).

Lettuce, cabbage, sweet onions

Left to right: head lettuce, cabbage and sweet onions. Corn stalks in the back row.

The Frugal Roundup

75 Things Worth Watching on Netflix Streaming. Well, there goes the weekend! Time to update my queue. Like Trent, I consider Netflix to be one of the best entertainment bargains around.

Use a Financial Fire Drill to Prepare for the Worst BEFORE It Happens. How long do you think you could survive without a paycheck? Pretend you don’t receive teh next one (or two) and play out the scenario in your budget.

10 Stupid Financial Decisions Even Intelligent People Make. I’m ashamed to admit I’m 10 for 10 on this one. I’d like to think I’ve grown smarter, financially, but I sure wish I had avoided these in the first place.

Why Student Loans Suck. This one includes a great infographic, and comes on the heels of news that for the first time ever, new graduates owe more on their student loans than credit cards.

An Introduction to Financial Fasting. Quite often, we do more a financial “cleanse.” When we get off track, start using the credit card too much, etc, we just go cold turkey back to the basics. All cash. Written budgets.


  1. I second Pat, you have a beautiful garden. I too want to start one once I’m down in Miami. I’m thinking of growing star fruit.

    -Ravi Gupta

  2. I’m starting to prep my garden this Sunday (I am in Buffalo, NY). I plan to plant some lettuce this weekend and maybe a few herbs inside. The weekend after I plan to plant some tomatoes, cilantro, basil, jalepenos and maybe even try red onions. I hope my blackberry and raspberry plants come back (I planted them last year).
    I wrote an article similar to Donna’s focusing on college students.

  3. I’m more than a little jealous that you have already had several months of gardening. We had a frost again last night in North Idaho. I’m just getting the radishes into the ground this week.

    • Miranda, my best advice for new gardners is to start small. You can always add on in future years (or even later in the season for fall crops). I bit off more than I could chew my first year and it was a flop. Then I discovered the square foot gardening method, built a box and have grown it from there. Good luck!

  4. This is our first year gardening and we are using containers. Hubby is hanging buckets around the outside edge of the deck. Tomatoes will grow from the bottom and squash zuchinni and peppers and herbs on top! We started ours inside, and they are growing like crazy. They will be transpalnted outside soon!

  5. We just started our raised herb garden 2 weeks ago and the basil, cilantro, and chives are already bushy and usable. The tomato plants have grown an inch too. None of the seeds have sprouted yet, but that is to be expected. 🙂 Congrats on a good looking crop!

  6. Very nice broccoli. Do you have the one bed, or more?
    This weekend will be a busy one. Planting lots of the tomato and pepper seedlings, a couple of rows of potatoes, and onions.