Community Gardening – Summer Maintenance and Harvest of a Square Foot Garden

Hurry up and wait.  That’s what this first month of the garden has been.  After planning and building and filling the raised bed, there was plant purchases and reading and actual planting.   Now we wait.  Planting in late May, we chose to skip seeding for the most part and chose organic plants to transplant into the bed.

The good news – almost all of them have taken hold.  We did lose the cilantro almost immediately – this wasn’t much of a surprise as I’ve never had much luck with cilantro even in containers on the back porch.   We built a trellis for the cucumbers and staked the tomatoes. With tomatoes, you ultimately have 2 varieties – determinate and indeterminate.  Basically – those are plants that will either produce one time a set amount (determinate) or continue to produce throughout the growing season (indeterminate).  Grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes are indeterminate. They tend to grow very big as plants.  I chose to stake and tie my plants instead of caging.

Our first jalapeño!

Our first jalapeño!

Also this month – A first harvest of a jalapeno pepper, which I used to make a delicious salsa. Plus many of the tomato plants are growing very small tomatoes – a sign of things to come! Summer maintenance for the tomatoes in the community garden.

Green Beans - looks like we'll have plenty of these!

Green Beans – looks like we’ll have plenty of these!


Yellow Squash - looking a little well, yellow.

Yellow Squash – looking a little well, yellow.

By the end of the first month I noticed that many of the plants were starting to look yellow. Was it too much water?  Something else? The garden “leader” sent an email to all – as many of the gardeners were experiencing the same problem with their plants. It’s choloritis – a situation with soil that is not releasing nitrogen. Our first year with this soil – there’s going to be some trial and error as we figure out what the soil needs.

Yellow leaves with green veins - a sign of Chloritis

Yellow leaves with green veins – a sign of Chloritis

The solution offered was to add a small amount of IronTone around the drip area of each plant. We should see results fairly quickly, and I will report back here.

Have you had any problems in your garden this year?  What did you do to resolve them?

What do you think?