Have you ever wondered what the productivity of just a small part of your lawn would be if there were edibles instead of grass?
Amazingly I saved hundreds on my groceries in 2011 by creating raised gardens and using potted plants to grow my fresh vegetables in!
I wanted to make my garden simple. I didn’t include any fancy vegetable varieties; I selected vegetables that are expensive to buy at the supermarket, as well as varieties that my experience has told me produce high yields.
The first season (spring/summer 2011), I grew the following:
Using four 5 gallon container pots (nursery grade), I planted my tomato plants and used tomato cages around them. These took up approximately 20sf. I used the 5 gallon size pots because I have had great success growing them in containers and it seems easier for me to keep a check on them.
My peppers were all planted in 3 gallon containers, I have the same success with them as the tomatoes in the containers, used about 10sf.
Now, squash does better in the ground as does all your vine-type vegetables. The smaller pickling size cukes do good in 5 gallon containers using tomato cages around them, but I put the straight eights in the ground. These veggies took up about 50sf
The lettuce was planted directly in the ground, taking up about 10sf
My cilantro & chives grow in 5 gallon containers as does the basil, using up about another 10sf.