I really don’t know what’s up with my square foot garden. Nothing has grown in weeks. Instead, leaves are turning pink (PINK!), plants are getting eaten, and strange little gnats are taking over everything.
There are spots and holes in the chard leaves, but the weirdest thing is that little square of the garden smells funky. This is the same square that had the weird mushrooms sprout up after several days of rain. Coincidence? I don’t know. But I do know I’m a little bit leery of eating the chard.
I planted dwarf bok choy, beets, radishes, and carrots from seed and they’ve all grown to a point and then stopped. Surely they should be bigger than this by now! I’m getting worried because soon the cold weather will set in and I’m not sure how much more they’ll grow once the temperatures start dipping. Even the seedlings I planted don’t seem to be doing much, so I’m thinking we might not get any veggies from the garden at all, apart from kale and lettuce.
I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer (even though I totally am a Debbie Downer), so let’s look at some of the positive square foot garden developments:
I have some strawberries growing! Oh sure, they’ll never mature in time for us to actually harvest any, but they’re growing! That’s kind of cool, right? Especially since I started them from seed and I heard that it takes 3 years to get any fruit from them.
The broccoli rabe that’s growing in the screened porch is doing quite well. It’s all rabe and no broccoli at this point, but if all we get are greens from it, that’s better than nothing. Perhaps I should do all of my gardening in the screened porch.
The catmint I planted in the perennial garden is thriving in the rocky, red clay soil. My cats are pretty happy with this, particularly Mochi. We’re looking into getting him into a treatment program soon. Catmint addiction is not a laughing matter. It’s serious, y’all!
Is your fall garden still going strong? Have you harvested anything yet?