A while back I mentioned that a very small patch of dirt with good soil, sufficient water and at least eight hours of sunlight a day can produce a surprisingly large yield. Last year I didn’t measure the quantity of veggies, so this year I decided to start a little project.
It consists of:
– approx. 20 square feet of soil and 7 pots with almost eight hours of full sun a day.
– plenty of vertical supports
– 21 tomato plants
– 8 cucumber nests
– 12 bell pepper plants
– 4 hot pepper plants
– approx. 20 bean plants
– 6 eggplants
– 4 nests of zucchini
– 2 small rows of radishes
– 1 small row of carrots
– 2 groupings of peas (mostly for the nitrogen, really)
– 2 watermelon nests
– 1 small patch of green onions
– 3 pots of lentils and
– 1 large planter filled with kitchen herbs
I can fit this many plants in 20 square feet while still keeping appropriate spacing because all the plants that can grow vertically will grow vertically: cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, watermelons, beans and peas.
All fertilization is provided by coffee grounds and the ever so great compost pile, yard waste only, no kitchen scraps. The end product of it is a rich humus that smells like forest and mushrooms and seemed to greatly improve the performance of the flower beds.
Once the plants start producing, (this period will stretch from the earliest – 30 days to harvest to the latest – 120 days to harvest) I will weigh and record the quantities in a produce yield table and place a link to it.
Since some of the produce is early and/or seasonal, I will use succession planting and inter cropping over the growing season.
On a completely unrelated note, can someone please, please, please make the cold go away? It’s almost May for crying out loud!