Phew! It's been a busy week with the holiday, normal chores, and getting our "new" camper trailer ready to take up north this week. Now, everyone who lives in Michigan knows what we do, but for those of you who do not live in Michigan, we like to go up north every chance we can. What's up north, you ask? Lakes, campgrounds, seasonal resort towns, trails, rivers, cabins, and a whole lot of nothing, too. You can't ask for a more relaxed, laid-back vacation than in northern Michigan and it's Upper Peninsula. Torch Lake, UH-mazing. If you haven't been, you should visit Torch Lake at least once in your life. And Copper Harbor, there are no words to describe that part of our state. It's perfect and gorgeous and just so awesome up there.
So, I have been patiently watching the slow progress of our square foot gardens over the past few weeks. I cannot tell a lie, we are not impressed by their growth. I honestly think our aquaponics system may have ruined us for gardening in dirt. Notice the 8-inch tall tomato plants in the square foot beds above. Now, look at this baby.......
Almost 4-feet tall! This tomato plant was started from a clipping of a tomato plant growing in our aquaponics system. All of our cloned tomato plants are flourishing, and fruiting. My husband calls it his Clone Army....he thinks he's so funny. Here's another one of our pride and joys.
It has been cooler here in Michigan than what's normal for this time of year, so maybe that's why the garden is slow to grow. But we are enjoying the benefits of not weeding and the moisture retention in our square foot garden beds, that's for sure.
Would love to hear from readers about your garden growth so far! Anyone out there square foot farmin'?
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