Our Square Foot Garden 2013: Update 2 & A Question

Well, our gardening efforts this year are off to a rough start.  First, a frost came through for several days that killed the original garden we planted in early May.  Then, we planted again toward the end of May, and suddenly the rain came. . .a lot of it.  I felt like we were living in the monsoon season.  (Not that there is one here.)

But finally, the temperatures are starting to climb, and we’re getting sunny days to balance out the rainy days.  And plants are growing!

Here’s our first square foot garden:


The bush beans at the end are growing great.  The cucumbers at the other end, well, two of the eight plants have died.  (One died naturally, and the other was the victim of someone who apparently walked through our garden as there was a large foot print on it when I checked last week.)  The perils of gardening at a community garden in an urban setting.

The middle of the garden looks like it’s empty, but there is really collard greens and kale growing.












Our second square foot garden is doing much better, but it desperately needs weeding.


I haven’t weeded it yet because there is some plant growing that I don’t remember planting.  I don’t know if it is a weed or a tree or something that was planted before, but it’s all over the garden in a regular fashion.  Anyone know what this is?


As soon as I have a better idea whether this is a weed or a plant, I’ll clean up the garden.  Meanwhile, one tomato plant has the first tomato growing, and the Swiss chard is coming along nicely.  I can’t wait to see the garden in a few weeks.



  1. We just saw our first tomato growing as well! For us it is the first time we have grown anything, so that tomato has probably gotten more attention than just about any tomato in history.

  2. Kimberly says:

    One is a cabbage (the little round leaves) one and one below that is a pepper plant

  3. Melinda says:

    I by no means am an expert, but that mystery plant looks something like the ivy plants that I have growing on my fence. One or two have transplanted themselves across the yard to grow up the side of my house, so if it’s ivy, it’ll have blown in from somewhere fairly near. Pull one up — it’ll have roots that are tough and vine-like rather than wispy like other plants.

    • Melissa says:

      I did pull some up because they were crowding out the other plants. I’m pretty sure now that they’re jalapeno peppers that we planted in that area last summer. I also found two tomato plants that grew spontaneously and one cucumber plant.

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