Thoughts on the Square Foot Garden + Special Seasoning Salt Recipe

The snow has come and it’s here to stay. That means no more green grass, no more flowers growing outside, and no more garden and grabbing food from the yard. I might even have a snow day at school tomorrow!

Here are my reflections on having a garden, and some pictures of the food we grew! Hopefully it cheers you up if it’s snowing or is gross outside where you live.

I loved having a garden. It’s so nice to just walk outside and pick some veggies to bring back to the kitchen and stir-fry or do whatever with! I’ll miss not being able to do so in the winter. This was my second year of planting a “square-foot garden” in the yard. A square foot garden is an above-ground garden with one foot by one foot squares in it. We covered the garden with a PVC pipe and chicken wire cover to keep the bunnies and other animals who like to munch out. It worked really well (it might have something to do with the fact that the garden lies on the 45th parallel). It produced lots of vegetables for my family and I to enjoy!

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kale yes!

The foods that did the best in our garden were kale, swiss chard, broccoli, lettuce, and green beans. Cauliflower did okay. We grew the lettuce last year and it naturally came up again this year (same with strawberries)! We had leafy greens coming out of our ears!

We also planted tomatoes, brussels sprouts, and jalapeño peppers, but we planted them too late in the season for them to do very well. Next year they’ll hopefully do better!

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Look at the size of that chard and those beans! Yummy greens! This picture was taken this fall. The veggies were still growing like crazy!
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Pictured: brussels sprouts, strawberries, broccoli, and lots of lettuce! The little yellow flowers sprouting from the lettuce made the lettuce spread like crazy!

With the veggies we produced from our garden, I made stir-frys, salads, and sautéed veggies to let their natural flavor shine! The seasoning recipe I love to use on veggies is listed below!

Special Seasoning Salt

Ingredients to make a handful

  • 1 and ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½  tsp onion powder
  • ½  tsp celery seed
  • ½  tsp garlic powder

Mix everything together and then sprinkle on whatever for a blast of yummy flavor! You can just add a little of each spice or you can make a mixture of everything above. It’s up to you!

If you’re thinking about starting a garden, you should totally do it! It’s not too much work, you just have to plant the veggies and water them every day. And you reap so much more than you sow!

Enjoy the green grass if you still have some! Happy fall/ winter!

xx Ellie

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