We're harvesting around 10-15 lbs of produce every other day at the moment. Growing enough to feed ourselves, store for winter, and share with others. We're doing it all organically on about 1772 ft² (0.04 acre) in an urban area. We're not just feeding humans, but also a large population of insects and wildlife that have moved in as well. I share all of this because I want others to know how very possible it is to cultivate abundance for yourself and everything around you. 💚 🌿

I'll add that we start everything from seed, make all of our own compost and amendments and therefore spend very little money on making this possible. All you need is a patch of soil, time, and the good graces of nature.

@tickfoot any resources for getting started? I grow some small herbs on my window sill but am a lil terrified of all the rest

@BRKitchenGarden posts some information on how to grow food in containers.

@aynish We have a wiki on gemini (here's a portal view: with loads of free info and we're adding to it as much as time allows. The library is an excellent place to start - a few of my fave books:
- Teaming with Microbes
- The New Organic Grower
- The One-Straw Revolution


This is epic. I love it!

> All you need is [...] time

Here's the crux of it for me. How much time do you spend on this? And how much time did it take to build up the knowledge that you currently have?

@iooioio @tickfoot This is a difficult thing to answer IMO.

It is very easy to get started, but it takes years for somewhat mastering the intricacies.

One thing is that if you or an outside factor mess up a crop you usually have to wait another year to try again.

But aside from that it is a wonderful way to spend time, to learn and feel the connection to nature.

As to your question about how much time it takes to manage a larger garden the answer is: Yes 😋

@iooioio @tickfoot The time investment is very dependent on the desired outcome.
If you want to be selfsustained from 100m^2, you have to put in a lot of time. If you are happy with a couple of salads and pumpkins and a lot of flowers it is much easier.

I've had a garden which took me daily around 40 minutes of watering time, carrying two watering cans at a time...

@iooioio I've done self-guided studying for 4 or so years now, but you don't need to know everything to get started. Start small and build up over the seasons as you learn about what you like and enjoy growing. The Market Gardener by JM Fortier is a great book for getting started, but don't feel like you have to follow everything he suggests. I do highly recommend 30" beds x how ever many feet and using drip irrigation. Will save you SO much maintenance time!

@tickfoot I harvested ...a tomato today. A little one. It's taken months to grow. I might get two tomatoes this year, if the other one doesn't get eaten by slugs.

This looks very nice.
Are you growing beans as well?
From our experience it's one of the most efficient food sources for small areas and it's improving the soil for other plants as well.
I'd love to see pictures of your garden :)

@o0oRbRo0o Oh yes, beans and loads of other things not pictured. I have a video tour of part of it somewhere in my feed. I just boosted it so you should be able to see it on there.

@tickfoot Nice! Were still waiting for our tomatoes, squashes and peppers etc to develop. Counting the days.

Helping feed the rest of the local ecosystem is something we think about a lot here too. Most of our food is growing in amongst wildflowers, old meadow grasses and orchard remnants. We really consider it to be another part of a big vibrant tapestry of life.

@tickfoot Oh my goodness! That’s a grand harvest. I’m trying for similar success with the things that work for me. I envy you for the white squash - what kind is that?

@KolokokoBird Thank you. Those are Patty Pan squash! Kind of a nutty flavor profile; very prolific growers.

@tickfoot Oh interesting! Prolific growers are just what I need; perhaps I will try Patty Pan next year. I have one squash plant and it has produced one squash. I need to up my squash game somehow.

@KolokokoBird Not sure where in the world you're gardening, but if you're able to I highly recommend getting a soil sample tested. It will give you so much information about your soil's nutrient profile and you'll be able to make informed decisions throughout the growing year. My guess is that your soil's potassium may be low which can cause low bloom count or bloom failure. Or the variety you planted has male flower dominance which can be common in some cucurbit species.

@KolokokoBird Also, if you're on Gemini we have a wiki with a (growing) library of home-made and natural amendment recipes that you might like to explore as well. gemini://gemini.sensorstation.

@tickfoot Interesting! Thank you. I have not had my soil tested, but that’s a good idea. I’m in BC, Canada, btw.

I haven’t explored Gemini yet, but I know it’s my kind of thing, so that is on my to-do list.

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