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Garden Challenge ~ Update # 4

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imageSomehow I managed to miss sharing last month, but did snap a few pictures this month of how our garden is progressing. In short, the Square Foot Gardening ROCKS! :)

Here’s a look at where the raised beds were going to be put up and how they are currently looking.

First the boxes were put together and prepared with the soil…

garden boxes

Fencing was added around the perimeter to keep out the wandering bunnies and deer.


We added some netting for some of our vines to climb and be supported {the cucumbers, tomatoes, melons, and peas}. I LOVE seeing how the garden is flourishing through these pictures!


We’re enjoying produce already from the garden and will be planting some new lettuce soon as we’re cycling through the original planting. Don’t tell Zachary, but I’ve found a few ripe cherry tomatoes and already snagged them from the vine in secret.

So far, we’ve harvested some yellow squash, zucchini, several cucumbers, lots of lettuce and are waiting on a few things to ripen. There are some melons and butternut squash forming, the tomatoes are green and beginning to ripen {the Romas and the Beefeaters}, green peppers are growing. The only casualty has been the rhubarb…not sure why.

We have been puzzled with something happening with our squash plants. Can anyone help identify this issue so we can enjoy a little more of it from our garden? The ends of many of our yellow squash and zucchini are all browning up and rotting before it matures.



It has been productive and rewarding enough that next year we’re hoping to put in two more raised beds in the same area. More cucumbers for sure, since they barely make it to the table!

How is YOUR garden growing??

Be sure to stop by The Homeschool Village and see the progress other  participants have made in their gardens along with the Garden Challenge!

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  1. looks like blossom end rot.  Usually caused by a calcium deficiency. Make sure you are watering evenly. Use a low nitrogen fertilizer, add lime if your pH is not between 6.0 and 6.5, you can also add gypsum if you just need to get calcium into the soil.

    The rest of your garden looks great!

  2. I’m inspired….each year I try to garden with not much luck. Thanks for the pictures.
    xo jana

  3. Awesome!!! We got a late start because of the rain (and it rained this week too!), but I can’t wait to eat some food from our garden. =)

  4. I had blossom end rot on some of my container tomatoes last year.  Ultimately the problem was watering.  I wasn’t able to keep them evenly watered on the really hot dry days.

  5. We had the same issue with our squash.  We’ve had a crazy amount of rain this year. 

  6. Catherine @ sun hats and welli says

    There’s something so special about growing your own fruit & vegetables & sharing them with your family – I love it. Your garden patch looks great! We’re kinda limited for outdoor space here, so we came up with this idea & it’s worked really well this year.

  7. Interestingly enough, I didn’t know squash could get Blossom End Rot!  Here’s a link with some tips on how to prevent it, and how you can “save” the rest of the fruit it will bear this season (last tip).  http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/problems/squash-blossom-end-rot-causes-and-treatment.htm  Your garden looks like it’s growing well!

  8. I missed the last two posts on this as well – I found that due to our cold weather, my gardening timeframe didn’t match with their posts so I gave up LOL  My garden is in but it was just planted 2 weeks ago.

  9. anne @ Learningtable says

    I ended up pulling up our zuccini and squash plants because they got mold all over them.  It was frustrating, but my tomatoes are loaded down! 


  10. We put straw under our zucchini and squash plants to help prevent those problems, and water in the early morning before the sun hits the garden. Don’t give up! 

  11. Joesette says

    Yep, same thing with our squash.  The folks at the nursery said everyone seems to be struggling with that issue this year. 

    The gardens look great though!

  12. I wish I could help you with your squash problem but I have no idea. 
    The rest of your garden looks wonderful!

  13. There is also a calcium liquid treatment that helps with Blossom End Rot. I’m sure a local garden store would have some. One idea I’ve heard is to put crushed egg shells near the base of the plant (slightly mixed in to the soil) to add more calcium- but the liquid is more of a quick fix.

  14. we had some early rotting on the vine – but it was an over watering issue. (we didn’t realize the sprinklers were on at 5am – something that reset during power outage – and afternoon rains killed most everything) !!)

  15. I don’t know if you have tried it.. or watched for it.. but sometimes that happens when your zucchni/squash doesn’t get pollenated… it stops growing and since it still looks like it’s growing to you it’s actually rotting on the plant.. You can play the bee though! :) – Just get a little paint brush and do the job yourself :) – look it up online… I had the problem last year, and the paint brush and me playing the self pollunating did the trick.. Good luck!

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