7 Secrets For A High-Yield Vegetable Garden

7 Secrets For A High-Yield Vegetable Garden

Try these tips and tricks to get the most out of your planting space.

Article is from Rodale’s Organic Life, April 2015

Imagine harvesting nearly half a ton of tasty, beautiful, organically grown vegetables from a 15-by-20-foot plot, 100 pounds of tomatoes from just 100 square feet (a 4-by-25-foot bed), or 20 pounds of carrots from just 24 square feet. Yields like these are easier to achieve than you may think. The secret to superproductive gardening is taking the time now to plan strategies that will work for your garden. Here are seven high-yield strategies gleaned from gardeners who have learned to make the most of their garden space.

Learn, Share & Grow with Deep Roots

Learn, Share & Grow with Deep Roots

We invite you to find out more about becoming a volunteer. Let's work together to bring edible landscaping & toxic-free lawns to our communities.

When you signed up to receive the Deep Roots Project newsletter you asked for more information about volunteering. Our volunteer coordinator Estelle would love to chat about what volunteer assignments that are perfect for your interests, skills and available time. Contact Estelle at 708-386-7197 (landline), 708-616-6473 (cell) and estelle[at]deep-roots-project.org. Call anytime. She can also arrange a time to meet in person or by phone.

Have fun while you learn and meet new friends

We want all our volunteers to have fun and learn while they contribute to expanding the Deep Roots community. What you learn and share as a volunteer can enhance not only your gardening and other skills, but is an enjoyable way to make a positive impact on our community. Everyone can help out as their time permits by choosing activities that they enjoy.

Newest List of Deep Roots Volunteer Jobs

Newest List of Deep Roots Volunteer Jobs

Volunteer Jobs list March 24

Deep Roots is quickly. Our team leaders and our Core Team need help managing our events and projects.

We need volunteers to help out when they have time:

  • Building cedar raised beds and planting containers in our garage workshop

  • Delivering raised beds, soil, compost, mulch

  • Filling raised beds

  • Planting seedlings and seeds and other work with soil and plants

  • Helping plant native plants gardens in parkways

  • Helping get people to sign our Healthy Family/Healthy Lawn pledge and switch to natural and organic lawn care methods

  • Engaging people at events like the Farmers Market, volunteer fairs, Day in Our Village and handing out flyers

  • Helping plant native plants gardens in parkways

  • Calling DRP volunteers and members about meetings and events

  • Reaching out to schools, congregations and local groups

  • Helping out at events (check-in, newsletter signups, surveys, serving food, etc)

  • Assisting our sales manager with orders, customer questions, tracking deliveries, updating spreadsheets, etc.

Deep Roots is seeking 5 skilled volunteer assistants

Deep Roots is seeking 5 skilled volunteer assistants

Deep Roots Project is a start-up 501c3 that educates and supports local edible gardeners. We received $17,000 from the Big Idea funding competition sponsored by the local community foundation. We received another $10, 000 from the Kott Foundation for a senior/youth gardening project And we just received another $5,000 from the same community foundation to continue planting native gardens in River Forest parkways. Plus, we have an online store that sells the best equipment and products for gardening success.

Tomato Growing Tips

Tomato Growing Tips

Complete Growing Guide For Healthy Organic Tomatoes (10 min)

MiGardener.com - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4nI7mDMsS8

  • PH should be 5.5.

  • Plant extra deep.

  • Maintain even soil moisture. Never let soil dry out.

  • First fertilize with blood meal (nitrogen) and worm castings.

  • Stop feeding nitrogen around July 4 and start feeding phosphorus with bone meal.

  • Add as much egg shells for calcium as want.

  • Epson Salt (magnesium phosphate) and nitrogen work together on calcium absorption.

  • Every 2 weeks mix 1to 3 tbsp epsom salt to one gallon of water.

  • Space 2 feet apart to get air flow around plant to prevent fungi and blight

Growing tips for Zucchini and Squash

Growing tips for Zucchini and Squash

Organic zucchini with strong disease resistance. Open plants with low spines provide easy harvests of dark-green, straight zucchinis. High yields and good fruit set, even in variable conditions. Equally suited for field and tunnel. Very similar to Dunja in habit and performance, but Desert's fruits are slightly straighter and more flecked, and plants have added CMV resistance. Intermediate resistance to cucumber mosaic virus, powdery mildew, papaya ringspot virus, watermelon mosaic virus, and zucchini yellow mosaic virus. Organically grown.