The 100 square foot garden challenge. Over on the University of Maryland Grow It Eat It page.
I was asked last year if I would participate this year. With my big garden, I had to think about how to carve out 100 square feet and show what I am growing in that contained area.
I think I have it all configured, and I will be blogging about what you can do in only 100 square feet.
Like grow potatoes.
In six sq ft in a container in my backyard.
You start with this. Put them about one foot deep in a bucket or trash can (with holes drilled in the bottom for drainage). Keep adding soil as they grow. Dump them out when you are ready to harvest (once the foliage starts to die back). I put in about half a dozen potato pieces. Some are fingerlings. A couple are Yukon gold. I use CSA potatoes because they aren’t treated and they will sprout.
Then there’s the lettuce.
I bought a six plant market pack of butterhead lettuce. Put it inside a bunny fence. I have harvested six heads of lettuce, and they keep regenerating if you cut them just above the soil. Don’t pull them out. I should get at least another half dozen heads of lettuce. This circle is another six square feet.
Only twelve feet used.
I then marked off a 5×6 section of my community garden. Put in tromboncini, Thelma Sanders pumpkin and a handful of tomato plants. A couple of San Marzano. Supersweet 100s. Cherry. A nice mix.
It doesn’t look like much yet, but it should give me lots of salad tomatoes and some canning tomatoes. The tromboncini are a heirloom squash. Just wait til you see what they produce.
I marked off a 3×15 foot section with cucumbers, zucchini, leeks, onions and arugula.
This is part of it, and then I went perpendicular for 3 feet by 3 feet to bring in the shallots and my lone pepper plant.
All together I am up to 96 square feet. I have a two by two option left, so I added the herbs.
Some sage, thyme, chives and dill are bunched up there. I already made chive blossom vinegar using a cup of chive blossoms and 12 ounces of white wine vinegar.
I will keep track of what this 100 square feet produces.
So far, the lettuce, onions and herbs are being harvested. I did find my first zucchini blossom today.
Here’s to fresh vegetables in a small amount of real estate.