You may remember our first attempt at a suburban vegetable garden. We grew 9 varieties of vegetable from seed, built a box with 9 square feet, and planted. Everything flourished and things were looking beautiful… for a while. Turns out you’re not supposed to plant EVERY SINGLE seedling that sprouts within one square foot space. Who knew? Not me! We had carrots (yes, planted in a 6-inch deep box- another faux pas altogether) wound around each other under the ground and tons of beautiful plants that would not/could not bear fruit because of their inordinately close proximity to their neighbors. Oops. A friend of mine told me the solution was to chalk this year up to a learning experience. I just couldn’t scrap the whole thing so, painfully, I tore out everything except the tomatoes (for which the children yearned). I spread the millions upon millions of tomato plants out throughout the 9 square feet and fertilized and hoped. It took a long time but here we are with more little tomatoes than we know what to do with and a little more vegetable gardening knowledge to take with us for next year.
The kids pick tomato snacks everyday from the outrageously proliferative plants. YUM! Next year- salad!