HARVEST TALLY: January 2012 Update: Giveaway Winner Announced


Random.org says… Comments #15 #84 #24 are our winners!

Congratulations! Contact info(at)urbanhomestead.org to claim your prize!

January Harvest Tally

201 lbs Produce

Eggs:     73 Duck       14 Chicken

Garden Report

The mild winter has really confused plants and humans alike.  Trees are blooming a might early (the bees are busy easy!) and the colder weather crops are going to seed faster.  Plus,  ’tis the perfect temperature for aphids.  Boy, they are lovin’ it under the row covers.   The Army of Aphids  was  camped out underneath the row covers; but, now  since we are having a mild  “winter” , we can  take the covers off.

The warm, dry winter weather has let us do a bit of garden improvements.  We fixed up one of the fence lines that had gotten away from us, added a few new raised beds, redesigned the front yard, built a new trellis and planter boxes (using recycled materials).  Even after 25 years, there is always room for improvements to be made as we learn to grow along with the garden and every year presents new challenges.   Weather, especially!

A few hundred soil block made  and seeds planted ( btw: we do have extra soil blocks seedlings available from time to time at the Front Porch Farm Stand  Open Sun- Fri  9 am – 7 pm )

In a few weeks,  time to start those summer crops!

Perennial herbs & fruit trees pruned and ready for spring!  Wildflower seeds sowed in the parkway and tucked in empty spaces in the garden to attract butterflies and beneficial insects.

Vegetable Planner Chart Giveaway

We are going to kick off the 2012 growing season by giving away Vegetable Chart each month this whole year!  Each time we post our monthly Harvest Tally we’ll be giving away this handy chart answers the following:

When is my local frost date?
Vegetable Growing & Planting Times?
Indoor Planting Times for seed flats?
Seed Planting Times & Quantity?
Plants – When to purchase and plant?
How deep do they plant, and how far apart?


How big of garden do you have?

Are you planning on “growing more of your own groceries” this year?

Leave a comment in the box and if we receive over 100 “comments” we’ll not only give away one, but THREE, charts!

NOTE: If you repost this giveaway via Twitter or Facebook or write about it on your blog – or anywhere online – you may ADD an additional comment or comments for each time you shared the link for additional chances to win! (Just make sure to share the url address in the comments box).

This giveaway will end on Feb 29 2011 at 12 PM PST. Open to all persons in the US and Canada.  ONE ENTRY PER PERSON

Winner will be chosen by Random.org and will be e-mailed. The winner has 48 hrs. to respond to e-mail or another winner will be chosen.

Let’s Get Growing!



  1. Jozette says:

    Yes, I want to grow more groceries this year, very serious. Last year my neighbor gave me cherry tomatoes and they didn’t produce but just a few, I’m in south Texas, San Antonio to be exact, and I thought it was lack of bees, I’m not sure, I just know that I want to do way better this year, last year it was only herbs, and they only did so so.

  2. Ashley Green says:

    we will be growing a 30 feet by 30 feet garden this year! Not only have we grown our own groceries for the past few years, but we also share our extra produce with family and friends!

  3. muffin says:

    Hecks yeah I want to grow more groceries!! Nothing feels better than harvesting my own grown organic veggies or berries and enjoying them w/my daughter and parents!

  4. Janet Jorgensen says:

    We are converting our dog hotel to a non-profit 501 c 3 Rescue. Starbarks Rescue Foundation. In another attempt to become completely self-sustaining. We live in the hot desert of Phoenix Arizona and growing is a challenge here but we are DETERMINED to make this work. We are lucky enough to have 2 acres to work with and our future plans is a road side stand where the produce will help support not only our family but the dog rescue as well. The Dervaes family is always an inspiration. All I have to do is look at the pictures of your growing crops. So beautiful!

  5. John Amrhein says:

    It’s my goal to be growing all of our own veggies by summer! I have added quick hoops this year and have already started brocolli and kale outside.

  6. Katrina says:

    We recently moved from south Texas up to a Zone 5 area…. so this is an experimental year where we can hopefully figure out what will thrive. We have a 25′ by 105′ space, but can expand if we need to.

    We are hoping to provide most of our fresh veggies for the summer and into the fall, and freeze a few basics for the winter months.

  7. Katrina says:

    Shared this giveaway on Facebook.

  8. sarabeth says:

    I have gardening incorporated into my landscaping as well as containers on my deck, porches and inside. I plan on increasing the number of plants I do this year to double and growing most of my groceries.

  9. Bill Buron says:

    Yes we grow much of what we eat and have been for many years. We have 5 main raised beds and 3 smaller permenant raised beds. we also have berries and grapes. This year we will be givilng canning classes to some family members who have made the request.

  10. Melinda Seable says:

    We intend to grow more groceries here than last year. My homeschoolers took a tally for our 2011 harvest, and we intend to break that innaugural record! What subject does our garden NOT cover? Math, Science, Nutrition, life skills and planning with a calendar, Language Arts through writing out a garden journal and documenting the harvest. We LOVE our garden!

  11. Katie says:

    We have 12 4×4 raised beds and several large pots that I use to grow fruits and vegetables. We live in military housing just north of Chicago. Though I do keep most of the produce for our family, my children and I also love to show the other neighborhood children around the garden and what they can eat right there, and also share with the other families. It has been such a wonderful experience exposing the children to not only where their food comes from, but sometimes even to food they wouldn’t otherwise eat.

  12. Diane says:

    Our garden has been growing over the last 4 years. Each year one section just about doubles. We are up to almost a quater of an acre. It is starting to get harder to keep tract of it all when it comes to rotating the crops. I am trying about 15 new heirloom and op varieties this year. I can’t wait for it to be spring in the northeast!

  13. Susan Foster de Quintana says:

    Thanks to you folks, we grow a little of our produce–altho’ what I really love to do is enjoy the beautiful greens from the Front Porch Stand. We had great success with the fantastic cherry tomatoes that have lasted forever, because Justin got the plant off to such a great start. That plant has finally given up! but we’re hoping for volunteers this year.

  14. Susan Foster de Quintana says:

    Shared on Facebook

  15. Kim @ What's That Smell? says:

    Our garden was pretty small last year but this year we plan on making it much larger. I hope to grow all of our summer veggies ourselves – organic.

  16. Jason G says:

    Hey, can you explain how that chart works? Do you plant seeds on every green checkmark? I’d love to know how you guys keep things organized and how you plan your planting.. Can you blog about that?

  17. Lylamae Chedsey says:

    It is almost that time of the year again in the Grand Valley, time to get the garden ready to plant the early cool weather vegetables. Yea!!!! Going to get warm weather seeds started in the green house soon also.

  18. Kim @ What's That Smell? says:

    I shared on my facebook wall https://www.facebook.com/kim.grabinski/posts/318209328229677

  19. Kim @ What's That Smell? says:

    I tweeted https://mobile.twitter.com/#!/WhatsThatSmell/status/167271360136101889

  20. Joy Giles says:

    We have three 8×4 beds, one 4×4, and one 2×6 bed. We have been growing all needed greens this winter and hope to do more grocery growing in the Spring and Fall. Living in Texas who knows what Mother Nature will allow us to grow to maturity. We have acquired a few more fruit and citrus trees.

  21. Sharon says:

    Hoping to plant “smarter” this year and grow more varieties of veggies.We’re figuring out trellising options now and I also want to add more flowers for the bees 🙂 We have one 20×2; one 6×2 and one 4×2 raised beds. Plus additional pots and planters for the odd spots!

  22. Diane says:

    I have five raised beds for annual edibles and many new perennail edibles. This is just my second year of really getting into it and I am loving it!!! What do you do about your aphid problem?

  23. Una Walker says:

    I have two 4’squares, but my biggest project is a school garden that I’m establishing. I need to do my totals(I’ve been keeping them, just haven’t totaled them lately) I know I’m up to harvesting about 2 pounds of lettuce a week and peas are just starting to ripen. I have a Korean faculty member who is going to help me pickle the Diakon radishes next week. Carrots are planted, Tomatos are started peppers this week. I have about 3-10×10, spaces that I’m working adding more this Spring. I’m also starting to add fruit trees, I have 4 high bush blueberries, an apple and 3 citrus. I’m saving up to get a soil blocker! Yay for fresh food!

  24. Erin says:

    I’d love to start a garden this year. We don’t have a lot of room, probably only 10 X 10.

  25. Ginger says:

    You guys are great! As I look at the snow outside my window, I am comforted to know I have greens growing in my house. But I can’t wait to bite into a juicy summer tomato or peach in 6 or 7 months.

  26. Julie @ Strawberry Adventures says:

    We intend to expand our garden this year. In the past we have had only 4 3×6 raised beds, but this year we intend to relocate those and add more.

    We didnt do a fall garden this year, which I am not happy about, but we always enjoy our spring garden. Thankfully we had our chickens to keep us busy this fall/winter.

  27. Julie @ Strawberry Adventures says:

    I also added this to my Facebook 🙂

  28. Julie @ Strawberry Adventures says:

    I shared on my Facebook wall:


  29. erika says:

    We have 2 big areas on our 10 acres both are about 50X75. One is new this year, we don’t till we use a deep mulch so we aren’t expecting much from it this year. We try new things every year and learn more and more.

    Love your posts miss your meal wrap ups though :o)

    Have a great week


  30. Paula says:

    we love to grow our own veggies we are wanting to try to increase this year so that we can have more fresh veggies all year…thanks

  31. Marcello Ozain Rossi says:

    I am building an Urban Homestead here in western MA. It`s about 3/4 of an acre. This will be my first year. I have a goal to be self sustainable by 2013.


  32. James Sowers says:

    I have a 5×20 ft raised garden bed down here in Southern Indiana. On the side of that bed I planted 4 blue berry bushes that should give us some fruit soon. This year I plan on “growing more groceries” by adding a herb garden for my wife on the other side of the house, by adding another hive to our apiary, and by building a lean to hoop house on the back end of the basement. Hopefully I can keep up with all these gardening activities.

  33. Cindy Rhoden says:

    Gardening is always an adventure in N. FL. It’s been a warm winter here too, so not sure what to expect this hot summer. The aphids found my mesclun, but are definitely partial to certain plants…pulled them up yesterday and gave to the chickens, they were happy. Love your site and all the info. Thanks for all you do.

  34. Sarah says:

    We have two raised beds and are in the process of double digging a third bed for root veggies. We also use terracotta pots and plan to expand in every way possible. We love growing our own food and depending on the grocery store less and less. The hubs and I have been trying to figure out the best strategy for planting and would love to have a vegetable planner chart!

  35. 1916home.net says:

    Add m in please! Sounds great!

  36. Bob says:

    One new raised bed this year is built and maybe one more ( Yeah one more!) I will have 9 raised beds of different sizes this year. Not bad from a couple of pots on patio three years ago. I also have a small greenhouse 6x 8 but have not done much with it yet
    I am planting a herb perennial garden this year .

    I also use five gallon buckets with self watering capabilities that I have / am going to grow tomatoes and basil in.
    we had a rain last week and expect more as fronts move through .
    I help a couple at the The OSU Ok City Farmers Market.
    It is all Oklahoma Produce or made items and they give me plant starts and mentoring . She is a herb guru and he is a football coach that does at least 5000 starts of heirloom tomatoes and peppers every year.
    MY goal for this year is to have at least one meal entirely grown by self or food bought at farmers market for 5 adults and couple of toddlers each and every week.
    Not being a vegetarian the framers market has buffalo and organic beef and chicken and eggs to supplement salads and veggie meals. usual mea culpas for grammar and spelling etc etc etc.

  37. Sarah Severns says:

    We’re not just doubling our garden here at the house, we’ve just signed up for a community garden. Our goal is to not just fill our own larder, but send a significant amount of produce to the local food pantry, restock our herbal medicine chest, and fill our home with flowers! Gardens are a gift to the universe.

  38. Jonathan says:

    Garden is 108 sq ft. Looking to add a 6×8 greenhouse to bring the total to 144. Definitely trying to grow more groceries. Every year I pick about 2 plants to focus on. I try to learn how to grow them best in my area to maximize yield in minimal space. The greenhouse will let me extend the harvest of broccoli so that will be one focus this year. The other will be potatoes. Planning to grow them in containers!

  39. SouthCoastGuy says:

    I started my veggie garden in 2010 and every year add just a little more. You can see it in various stages by following the below link


  40. Michelle says:

    We will be growing more groceries this year! Our usual plot is about 12×12 ft. but this year we are increasing to about 1/2 an acre. We are so excited to explore and grow more varieties of vegetables this coming year!

  41. Margaret says:

    My ‘official’ garden is 12×8. I have herbs growing all over though, and garlic in the flowerbed around my tree in the front yard.

    We are planning on growing as much of our groceries as we can, and preserving for the rest of the year!

    Tomatoes, Green Bean, Peppers, Eggplant….etc.

    Two in the Nest

  42. Margaret says:

    I shared about your giveaway on my Facebook page!


    Two in the Nest

  43. Susan says:

    We are doubling our garden this year, so we now have 8 raised beds of various sizes. (approximately 15′ x 4′ each).

  44. Kj says:

    We too are looking at adding more to our garden this year – we expanded quite a bit 2 years ago. Last year we added a section for medicinal flowers. This year we hope to expand that area some more and add an area for berries. We are also hoping to add one or two removable greenhouses in the hope of extending our growing season, both spring and fall. Our goal is to be able to grow 9-10 months out of the year, currently we can grow 5-6 months. We are hoping the greenhouses will allow us to accomplish this. We are also hoping to replace and add some fruit trees as 2 of our young apple trees froze last year, land ooking to add a nut tree as well. We are also thinking of moving our compost bins, adding a brooder to our chicken coop and if we can find reclaimed wood, we would like to build an herb shed. I love mixing cutting flowers and herbs with the vegies and have had some success with them helping to deter pests, plus it is just plain fun to try new and different plants 🙂 Oh, and we want to add a pumpkin/squash patch – hmmm, maybe we will be expanding more than just a little…..

  45. Janet says:

    I moved, so I’ll be starting a new garden this year, lots of work to do!

  46. Katie says:

    Definitely planning on growing more groceries this year! It’ll be my second year at my new home, and after last year’s failed experiment with my bindweed-infested garden plot, I’m moving on to greener pastures – raised beds!! I have big plans – here’s hoping I manage all right!

  47. Monica says:

    I have a container garden because we rent and because we found the soil to be too … dry. So, this year I’m hoping to have a much better year than last year. Last year was my first year trying out gardening. I eventually want to grow ALL of my produce! I also want to “grow” my own eggs, dairy and possibly meat. I just got a copy of Urban Farming and let’s just say I’m motivated again! Whoo Hoo! ;0)

  48. Canadian Jane says:

    Our garden is growing each year…started out about 400 square feet and now it’s probably double that with fruit trees added in the fall.

  49. tamara says:

    I Have a 10×20 area I currently have peas, bean, cukes, zukes, mustard green, bok choi, kale, beets, tomatoes, various herbs: chamomile, basil, mint, chives. Also some fruit trees Coconut, Bananas, Plantain, Breadfruit. I live in the virgin Islands. I started gardening about 2 yrs ago. I am still learning my production is pretty low right now. But I would like to produce 50% of our vegetable intake this year. One day I hope to be able to share and sell.

  50. W. Storey says:

    Yes! we are very serious about growing more groceries! we have had always had a family garden; around 24 X 30, but had 8 4 X 8 raised beds built this past fall. They are just waiting to be planted! Would love to have the planting chart. This is also the first year we are attempting to start seeds inside for planting instead of buying most of them. Your family is a huge inspiration!

  51. All Natural Katie says:

    Our garden area is 19×4 plus a small herb garden 2×6 and potted herbs. I hope to expand more of the garden into the front of the house.

  52. lynne Okun says:

    I have a backyard food forest with 8 fruit trees, an herb spiral and usually i glean my plants from nurseries looking for good homes for some of their neglected or dying plants.

  53. Alexander Ojeda says:

    I have planted all of my flowers and herbs to be the companion plants of my garden. I have some winter veggies planted and plan to grow much more in the coming months. I’m growing in Hügelkultur beds and in a layered keyhole system right now. I’ve created some trellising opportunities out of bamboo and some untreated wood. I’ve just got to plant some seeds and make it happen.

    I’ve also been concentrating on more perennial plants in my garden to provide shade and microclimates for the annuals. I’m in North Florida and despite the fact that we’ve gotten no rain this winter and I haven’t watered once, everything is still alive. Ain’t permaculture grand?

    • Jenny Down says:

      Your garden sounds amazing – any pics?

  54. Shireen says:

    Our garden is in the front because a pool takes up the back (though we do manage to keep a few chickens back there.) We have an area about 15′ x 30′ with 7 planter boxes, an apricot and a plum tree. For my birthday we just added a sweet lemon (technically a lime and oh, so tasty.) We need to start weighing our veggies to see how much we actually are producing.

  55. stephtha says:

    I absolutely LOVE your blog!! Have been a reader for about two years now and check in at least once a week. I have a backyard garden but looking to expand it this year in hopes of growing more of our groceries. I’m a novice gardener so I’m really learning as I go…and I have a LOT to learn!

  56. Laura C says:

    OMG Yes!!!! I would love one of these!
    So yes, I and my partner plan to grow more of our vegetables this year. We’ve been experimenting more with home-cooked meals, and my own intolerance of pasta has led to some fascinating vegetative discoveries. Eggplant parmesean or freshly made pork & beef meatballs, served over homemade spaghetti sauce and buttered spaghetti squash strands, or lasagne (Mexican OR Italian) served with layers of zucchini and tomatoes (thinly sliced) between the cheese, sauce and protein of choice. Squash and eggplant in particular are less than cheap in our area (and don’t get me started on bell peppers!!!), so we will save a bunch of money by having our own garden.

    However… this requires cultivating the yard! We have not yet done this, and it is the winter’s thaw project – turning (useless) sod into thriving, rich soil brimming with yummies for ourselves, our friends, and the creatures who call our area home. I live on 0.6 acres of land, half of it pretty well shaded, so I’m guessing our garden will start off at about 1/8 acre total, and then grow as we are able to expand, up to maybe 1/3 acre?

  57. Lynn D says:

    Have a few broccoli and cauliflower plants and herbs. Would like some squash and lettuce. The lettuce gets eaten by “?”. waiting for the beets to come up and onions.
    How do you keep seedlings from being eaten? The planner sounds really helpful.

    Lynn D

  58. Ginger says:

    Currently, my outdoor garden plot is 16X30, where we have more success than not growing annual vegetables of various varieties, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. I grown pounds of sprouts and micro-greens indoors. I have 4 espalier apples, a giant old apple, a peach, lots of raspberries, strawberries all over the place, 3 bee hives, and 2 4X4 boxes of herbs and greens on my carport. I have plans to turn my front yard into a postage stamp orchard with espalier apples and pears that surround dwarf plums, peaches, and cherries with strawberries, low bush blueberries, lingdon berries, perennial spinach, medicinal herbs, and edible flowers to finish off a lovely edible landscape. Also, I’m planning to pull up some of the driveway to put in an asparagus guild bed with elephant garlic, calendula, yarrow, lupine, comfrey, and cherry tomatoes. Finally, I want to divert our grey water into a small pond in the backyard surrounded with blueberries, cranberries, calla lilies and perennial flowers and bulbs to have continuous spring, summer, and fall blooms. The transformation might take two or three summers, but I would be much happier if we finish it in one. So I guess I’m planning on “growing more of [my] own groceries” this year.

  59. Lala Melanson says:

    I currently have seven 4′ x 8′ garden boxes along with a side garden of herbs and black currents. This spring I hope to expand my gardens to the front of my house which is a fairly large space. Although the task could be daunting based on size, I am quite excited about this adventure. My hope is to eliminate visits to the grocery store by complimenting my own gardens delights with other items from local farmers. 🙂

  60. Lina says:

    We’ve got a small one – a 10×3 foot strip behind the building. The mizuna is already awesome though, and the peas will be bearing soon. It’s such a thrill to pick from your own back yard. I think the basil might even survive, though we planted it too early!

  61. rich hutchins says:

    I started growing vegetables for the first time in my life in August last year. We had just moved in, and now had a yard in Brooklyn! I quickly setup a bed, and literally threw seeds in. I basically figured I was testing if seeds would grow in the yard. Well, we got so much lettuce, some spinach, but a couple other things didn’t have time until it got too cold. But I didn’t mark any locations, or even what I planted. I didn’t expect to get so much! I can’t wait until spring!

  62. Patty Sankey-Rodoni says:

    I have 1 acre of land. In the backyard and in sidebeds and windowsills I go garlic, kale and when the weather gets warmer, tomatoes and peppers. Sweet peas and all fruit trees. I live in Cali, which am fortunate has a Meditarrean climate. In the front, I grow flowers and things that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. It’s seasonal here, enjoy my life and compost the leaves.

  63. Toni Boot says:

    I pulled out many ornamentals in the fall to make room for an expanded vegetable garden in my back yard. I also have some beds on my low-water lawn (not all of it though – have to save room for the dog!)
    In total, including several new beds and a cold frame, I have approximately 550 sq. ft. to use for planting vegetables and more herbs. I already have these perennials: peach, apple, tart cherry tree, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries (only 2 plants) and a gooseberry plant.
    I love gardening (it’s also my occupation, as I own a nursery specializing in sustainable gardening) — and cannot get enough of it.
    I’m also teaching preserving classes starting this summer so the community can enjoy their harvest through the fall and winter.
    You KNOW I’ll make good use of your planner! Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

  64. mary sotelo says:

    I have a small garden of about 120sq.ft. I pack as much as I can and I’m surprised by the great yields! I have a preschool at home and my garden is a very important teaching tool for the kids. We compost everything and have 6 pet chickens. It’s great for the kids to see where our food comes from. They love eating cherry tomatoes outside every day and playing with the worms.

  65. Lila says:

    Perfect timing for us as we will have our first garden in April! The garden will be about 1000m2 (I am french so I am use to square meters..!) We are hoping to grow our own food all throughout the year. But winter might be tougher than yours. We live in Switzerland…! Anyway, this chart will be big help!

    Merci ~ Thank you !

  66. Renee says:

    We currently only have 3 half wine barrels dedicated, and mostly just to strawberries and herbs. BUT we have a good sized backyard and I would love to start a 5’x10′ planter box. I’m a novice! with a 3 year old and a 17 month old 😉 and have been so caught up with children and housekeeping until now, but I think I’m ready to take the leap and start growing some of our own food!! Would love to grow beans, corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, watermelon and maybe pumpkins. I need all the resources and help I can get…

  67. Ginger L. says:

    I have a space about 10×20, unfortunately I found at least half doesn’t really get enough light. I’ll try lettuces and things like that in that part of the garden this year. I’ve also got a small raised bed and, of course, pots wherever they can fit. A tree fell last year which opened a spot for a new plot this year, so hopefully I can get more in that way.

    This year I want to learn how to can things, dry them, etc. so I can eat what my garden produces year round, at least somewhat. I’m still eating the basil jellies I made in the fall, and I think that’s fabulous. To have heirloom tomatoes canned and waiting to be used in winter would be absolutely marvelous.

  68. Jonathan says:

    I have been working hard on increasing my knowledge and trying different things all the time. Last season I built 12 boxes 4′ x 8′ and put mulch in the middle walk areas. For soil I mixed in about 10% peat mixture and tilled it all up. I have also got a 300 gallon tank and built a 2×8 mount to set it up some and the hose feeds perfectly with gravity feed to water the entire area now. This year I’m going to work on making EM stock (effective micro-organism) and adding into the main water tank for watering. I’ve been reading up on making a concentrate and adding molasses and basically growing my own. In adition to this I have build a 3 stall composter out of concrete blocks. I build up the 2 outer ones for a while and then dump both into the middle one turning everything over and it is usually “done” by the time I have the 2 outer ones getting filled again. Another project I’m going oto start this spring or summer is cutting 50 gal barrels (plastic) in half and building a mount for 4 or 6 ( 2 or 3 on each side) with a heat lamp at each level and raise maybe peppers. lettuce, carrots, etc… in my basement year round. I’m trying ot get or build me a green house as well but not enough money so far. I really hope to fully sustain my family in the near future and hopefully won’t look back to then helping others. I love it!

  69. Lisa F says:

    My ‘garden’ has consisted of a few containers (greens, peppers, tomatoes, herbs) with some in ground veggies (artichokes, strawberries) and herbs (rosemary, oregano) the last few years. I vow to put in a small raised bed this year–I want to expose my 7 month old to growing more of our own groceries!

  70. Mike Allen says:

    My Garden will be brand new this year as I’m in a new house. My space will be aproxx. 20 feet by 40 feet all in raised beds and dwarf fruit trees in pots on the edges. I hope to grow several varieties of Tomato’s , Onion’s Garlic, Peppers, Garlic, Artichokes, Many Herbs and whatever else I and my family can grow.Oh, and cucumbers for Pickles, lot’s of Pickles.Green Beans, Peas Too.Oh yes, Squash and Beets.

  71. Lisa F says:

    I also posted the link via twitter. 🙂

  72. Susan Chapo says:

    Our garden at home is about 25×25 plus two small beds along side the house that we use for herbs and veggies.
    This year we will be growing more of our own groceries and expanding the edible garden into our front yard.

  73. Kym says:

    I am expanding my garden this year, and I hope to at least double my plot of 20′ X 30′. I hope to grow all the fresh vegetables that my family of 5 needs over the summer, with lots to can and freeze for winter eating. Plus, my ducks and chickens appreciate fresh greens!

  74. Alison says:

    We have a garden with about 1500 square feet of growing space and will be increasing the amount of food that we are growing. We are adding some herbs, and leaving room for a fall and winter crop. We have always had a nice crop, but will try to keep better track of exact yields and what that means in jars of various food products that we put into jars all season.
    The work force in our garden and the canning kitchen consists one mommy and two kids which leaves our operation a bit understaffed. 🙂

  75. Deborah D. says:

    I have a 1/4 acre urban farm spread with over 15 varieties of fruit trees & berries. I just planted 2 more espaliered apple trees this spring and I’d like to get some European pears as well, since they grow well in the clay soil of Northern California. Yes, I’m expanding my organic veggies beds this year as well, I have 11 4×12 raised beds, which we live off of the greens and veggies almost year round now…just had a greta crop of collards, arugula, cauliflower & the brussel sprouts are coming in…
    Just started a blog too at http://www.wallydogfarms.com
    Check it out!

  76. Trish Short Lewis says:

    Up here in the far north of Minnesota near the Canadian border, we’re still in the thick of winter. We’re just now beginning to plan and order seed. Your planner would be most helpful and welcomed.

  77. Rosemarie White says:

    Well, this is the third time I’ve written my comment, I’m so excited about finally learning how to garden, grow and give away food from my own back yard! Best of all, I’m looking forward to learning how to care for plants and the soil….I am with the Sierra Club, Chairing the Wildlife Committee and I’d like to bring a small group to your Homestead to learn everything you’ve done, is this possible? Perhaps we could also learn what the wildlife in this area feeds on also. Thanks so much for this opportunity.

  78. Katherine Clemons says:

    My garden is 10×36 and I plan to grow all of it this year. Corn, potatoes, broccoli, beans, squash, watermelons, cantaloupe, plus I am growing blueberries, blackberries and raspberries on my side yard. I am also planting a nectarine, a peach, an apricot and a pomegranate tree. Maybe chickens next year. This site is very inspiring. Thanks for all you do.

  79. Michele Cagle says:

    I am taking some of my flower gardens and converting them to vegetable gardens. I always can foods but hope to double the amount this year.

  80. Susan The First Time Gardener says:

    I plan to plant as many seedlings that sprout into several raised beds and containers. We are still in our “urban” lot and will hopefully be at our newly inherited farm land in a few years. I have my seeds ready and am relying on books and word of mouth… excited and apprehensive. I hope to grow more than I need to buy for health reasons. If I don’t win the chart I hope someone posts how they record their planting information for the following year in a notebook. This site has inspired me and I hope to be an inspiration to my neighbors. Some of the seeds I ordered are things I have never tried before. Am looking forward to becoming self-sustaining.

  81. Helen Cox says:

    I have four raised beds which are 4’x4′ each, as well as a 2’x10′ and a 2’x12′ flower bed, both of which we’ve converted to vegetables. This fall we’re going to remove the 4’x18′ round, above-ground pool from our back yard so that we can expand our garden area and add a small chicken coop. I cannot wait!

  82. Sarah says:

    The garden I am working with is at the Elementary School here in Bisbee Arizona. The Greenway Youth Garden is 4800 square feet with 18 raised beds. It is in the process of being developed into a youth garden learning lab where students can learn what to grow, how to grow and how to be sustainable.

    The children love watching the food grow and get even more excited when they realize they can grow the food they buy at the grocery store.

    Today we harvested our first head of broccoli and the kindergarteners loved it!!!!

  83. Kat says:

    Currently my mom and I are in the process of building a garden, we don’t have any official plans but we know we are starting this year. My mom has a lot of experience gardening but I on the other hand do not. We are building a garden together because we thought it would be a great way to spend time together and be more productive too!

  84. Bethany says:

    Wow, the chart sounds fantastic! I don’t know how big our garden is (not good at estimating–and it’s my hubby that builds everything!), but we just put up a hoop house this year. Almost didn’t need it, though, since the weather has been so much warmer than usual.

  85. Diane Melin says:

    My herb and vegetable garden is approximately 30′ x 60′. I would like to have a half dozen chickens this year, but I am afraid of my dogs, cats, coyotes and hawks scarring them to death, or worst…killing them.

    My 6′ fence is probably big enough to keep coyotes out, however, I want them to free range and don’t know how to keep the domestic animals from bombarding their freedom to roam. ? 🙁

    I have wild quail that I feed every day….but their eggs are too small.

  86. Jenny Down says:

    I live in Guernsey, Channel Islands where we have a pretty moderate climate most of the year. I have four 4′ x 8′ raised beds where I alternate the veg & herbs, usually grow what’s more expensive to buy. Want to try sweet potatoes & cape gooseberries this year. Also have soft fruit area down side of house and small greenhouse. Thinking of utilizing the front lawn by putting up a poly tunnel, but wouldn’t look good!

  87. Joleen says:

    My garden is on my balcony in pots. I have great plans for more vegetables this summer – zucchini, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, beans and peppers. I’m anxious for Spring. Winter here in Salt Lake City is pretty cold and dark and brown (unless it snows).

  88. Kim Campbell says:

    We currently don’t have a garden and my herb garden has dwindled to one! I was reading about planting root crops in planters and I am going to try a couple of root crops this year! Maybe carrots and radishes-yum!

  89. Barbara Dover says:

    We have a house that takes up about 1/4 of our third of an acre. We have a small shed with a green house and chicken roost and a good size run in the back of the shed. We have 15 fruit trees and are going to plant 8 more. We have raised beds in the back and are planting many things right now in the first part of February. We have been growing greens this winter as our weather has been very mild for the Texas Hill Country. I’m worried that the fruit trees will bloom and then we will have a freeze or hail.

    We would like to start gardens in the front yard as well to raise food. Hope to start on that this coming Fall.

    We have chickens and the fresh eggs are wonderful. They eat and scratch up all the vegetable peelings and make wonderful dirt. The chickens also range a little in the back yard and eat the bugs. We do have to watch them as they might get into the beds and scratch up the plants. I’d like to know of a way to train them not to do this.

  90. Shane says:

    We are big gardeners. We plant one area that is 30×60 area and it’s not big enough. This year we plan on turning our entire backyard, 40×70 into a garden too. Why grow grass when we can grow food for our family. We are also planting 4-5 new fruit trees this year.

  91. Doyle Hudgens says:

    Our house sets on a half acre. I have a 20 by 30 foot plot that is used for sweet corn, zuccini, pumpkins, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and other squash. The plot is bordered with fencing which supports beans, peas, cukes. Tomatoes and peppers are rotated in 4X4 patches in other spots. Lettuce, onions, carrots, and radishes find a spot where the previous year’s tomatoes grew. We catch rain water in a large plastic barrel.
    Our children are grown, so the excess we do not eat fresh or can/freeze goes home with them when they visit.

  92. elaine nieves says:

    We have a 4 x 6 raised bed and many potted vegetables, 2 fruit trees and many herbs in pots and in the front yard. Hopefully we can raise more veggies this year due to the mild weather starting so early. If we have too much (I wish) we can always share with neighbors.

  93. Kat says:

    I am joining a community garden in my area and I will be growing my vegetables for the first time in my life. My plot will be 10×20 and I plan to share it with a friend who will be growing vegetables for the first time also. Since we’re both newbies, we thought we’d like to share the experience and its harvest.

  94. Isaac says:

    We have 3 areas – a 40 x 35, 8 x 15 and 15 x 10. We also have two chickens, rasberries, 2 apple, 2 pear and a peach tree in the front yard. Just getting ready to start a new season…

  95. Scott says:

    We just bought a house with 5 acres of land. We are planning to grow a garden that’s about 20×100. We are in process of fencing an acre for a couple horses. I suppose we will raise some chickens and possibly looking into other things.

    We are from the city, so we are brand new to self sufficiency.

    We did grow some heirloom vegetables last year that did okay. Hopefully this year will be even better.

  96. sarah says:

    I’m starting off with three raised beds this year! I have two ducks and two chickens. One of the chickens, 10 years old, doesn’t contrubite to the egg production but, makes up for it in personality.
    With all of the GMOs out there, I find that it is safer to grow your own.
    I am looking forward to put my tomatoes outside. I had 10 seeds start to sprout when I was cleaning the seeds to save for this season. I couldn’t bare to destroy them so, I potten them up, right now, they are growning in my closet (I moved my clothes first) under a grow light supended from the clothes rack. They are now 14 inches tall. (I think I will have plenty of tomatoes this year)
    I’m looking forward to the growing season.

  97. cynrqi says:

    We have a garden that is 8 x 24 and the herb and medicinal garden wraps around the back porch that is 24×24. Then we have an 2 x8 garden that we let the kids plant. They find things on our hike that they bring home. We also have a wild species garden that is 2 x 12. Most of our plants are from trades and many are from seeds saved from the previous year. We hope that our weather for planting come soon for us here in Ontario Canada.

    You have inspired us!!! Thank you…

  98. tj says:

    We have 3/4 of an acre on our small urban farm and are working towards being atleast 75% sustainable off of our land. Your effort is an absolute inspiration to us, thank you! We have a small orchard with a variety of peaches, apples, cherries, oranges and apricots growing. Currently, the children have planted in the children’s garden. And we have lots of rainbow chard, collards, broccoli and herbs coming through! The goats, chickens and rabbits are waiting for some treats too 🙂

  99. Valerie Fitzenreiter says:

    The fenced part of my garden is 60′ x 80′ and includes 70 newly planted asparagus plants that I started from seed, 18 – 3′ x 16′ raised beds planted with everything that will grow well in central Louisiana and 6 – 4′ x 25′ raised melon beds. In a few months, vining plants and tomatoes will be planted all around the fence with luffas planted on the front. I’m in the process of installing a tunnel made from fence panels to grow butter beans.

    Outside the fence are 7 non-astringent persimmon trees, 20 blueberry bushes, 2 fig trees, 2 hazelnut bushes, 2 chestnut trees, a kumquat tree and 4 pecan trees. Pumpkins will grow on top of the heavily mulched fruit trees.

    Flowers are planted all around the two acres. The rest of the 20 acres is part field and part woods. In the woods, I have cleared the area around over 100 huckleberry bushes and they are in full bloom right now.

  100. Liz Campbell says:

    Hi ya’ll, first I want to say Thank You for Little Homestead in the City. I stumbled on to your website by accident and have thoroughly enjoyed the information you supply. Now it is listed in my favorites. Cool!!
    We live on 40 acres and my garden is approx. 1800 sq. feet planted in the back yard for it is better soil and close in for working, watering and picking. Doing things a little different this year due to your pictures and info. I was impressed.
    We have 20 hens and 1 rooster, we like to hear him crow in the morning, 2 female geese but would like to find a gander. One milk goat is due the last of March and her son which is 3 years old and is my buddy. Plan to try my hand at processing cheddar cheese this year. We also have 3 dogs and 3 cats. I already have seed planted in the hot bed and a few are coming up. Doing my best to protect them for we are expecting some winter weather this week end. It was so hot and dry here in Okla. last year that our garden did nothing. But this year we are hoping it does better and plan to can, freeze, and dry everything we can get our hands on. Again thank you so much…..Liz

    • cara says:

      40 acres adn 1800 square feet= color me green

  101. Evan K says:

    We have a modest community garden at our apartment building. This year we plan on plenty of cucumbers for pickling, zucchini, tomatoes for canning, spinach, eggplant, burgundy bush beans, jalapeños, and of course yummy herbs like basil, dill, mint, rosemary, and lemon balm.

  102. Solducky says:

    We have 5 boxes, and are expanding to another section this year. We definitely are trying to grow more of our own groceries, and hopefully put more away through canning too!
    soluckyducky atgmail dot com

  103. Andy R says:

    Have three areas of my property set up for veggies, and we jar and freeze a lot of tomatoes, beans, beets, turnips, brussels, spinach and lettuce, and also store roots and squash in our garage. This year, we set up a cold frame – the lettuce did eventually die from cold, but the spinach, with this warm weather keeps coming back – just ate some fresh tonight! And we’re in Maryland!
    For good heirloom seeds, recommend a visit to D. Landreth Company – they are just a few miles from me in New Freedom PA, and are one of the oldest seed houses in the US! Get their catalog – it is an encyclopedia in itself! http://www.landrethseeds.com

  104. Whitney K says:

    We live in a condo and have very little space for a garden. We have been told by our HOA that we can plant in the garden boxes along the outside edge of our unit. My husband and I have talked about removing the rose bushes and other plants and planting a garden. We planted some tomatoes, mint, and basil, but would like to expand to more veggies. We would like to know how best to use our space. Our garden area is 20×3 along the side and 10×3 in the front. We just need to figure out the best way to plant in such small space in order to get the greatest yield.

  105. Shirl says:

    I grow a variety of culinary/medicinal herbs and edible flowers in pots. Also, I grow salad veggies (romaine, arugula, tomatoes, bell peppers, squash, cayenne pepper, malabar spinach, green beans, celery, shallots) – a little bit of a lot of different things! Yummy!

  106. Renee G says:

    We have a large garden and try to grow produce for both our home, as well as my mom and sister’s families.

  107. Erin Holko says:

    Just found your website and blog! I’m in San Diego and have a 25′ x 6′ garden space devoted entirely to vegetables as well as a landscape that has fruit trees, citrus, herbs and other veggies tucked in amidst the decorative plants. We are the crazy people in our city neighborhood who have chickens, too.

    I love growing lots of the thigns my little family eats and I love teaching my two little boys about planting, tending and harvesting. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with all of us!

  108. c says:

    My garden has been 28′ x28′ but this year I am enlarging it by adding 2 new beds of 35 x5′ each. I can’t plant over my septic system so I have limited space but I am also adding a pole and wire system to try to grow espalier fruit trees so I can have use of the space below the trees. I think fruit and vegetable gardens can be just as ornamental as any other type of garden and am looking foreward to almost double the growing space. I hope that will result in significantly more canned goods.

    Oh was that you guys that I saw very briefly in a TV commercial for a Nat Geo show called Doomsday Preppers? Should we be looking for you soon?

  109. Mary says:

    I have a very small but increasing garden. I have 2 raised beds and 8 clay pots full of herbs and a lime tree that I have grown from seed. My plan is to increase my garden by adding 1 to 2 raised beds per year until most of the back yard is covered in raised beds, and we raise all or most of our produce. This year I am wanting to add a raised bed of raspberry canes.

  110. Donna says:

    I’m starting my garden all over this year because I just moved back to the property where I am now so I’m not sure how many raised beds I will be in. I hoping to be able to grow enough of my own food to have this summer, preserve for next winter, share with family and friends and possible sell from a stand in front of the house. You guys have been such an inspiration for me I just wish I had found you sooner but better late than never. While I’m not really “urban” but “suburban” you made me realize that I don’t need a lot of acreage to provide food. I’m building a small barn using pallets to house goats, sheep, chickens and angora bunnies and I will be trying to grow feed for them as well. I will be planting a dye garden also this year to dye my handspun fibers. Thank you for your wonderful website and all the useful information you share.

  111. Doreen says:

    th Rock layers. This year we hope to expand into a few perennial crops like asparagus and rhubarb, some more layers (Rhode Island Reds this time), and our first bee hive (top bar style). We’re producing more and more of our food every year, and this season I’m planning on moving most of my herbs and some of the items that don’t seem to do especially well in the ground here (cucumbers and melons specifically) into containers. We’re still working on building up a reliable protein source and some kind of dairy supply, but haven’t come up with anything that works in our current location yet. Maybe by next year we’ll be ready for a few rabbits…

  112. Doreen says:

    Sorry. The first line of my comment somehow got deleted. What it said was that we have a 32×75 foot veggie patch, some fruit trees and berry bushes, and a half-dozen Barred Plymouth Rock layers.

  113. Joanne Overstreet says:

    Last year I started a forest garden and plan to expand it this year with gooseberries, blueberries, filberts, figs and peaches. I hope to grow more greens this year in my new raised bed gardens. I also have many herbs growing around my house in different garden areas. I usually grow tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, squashes and lots of salad greens.

  114. Phoenix Farm says:

    My residential lot is 50 x 134. At this time I have built (4) 4 ‘x 10′ x 2’ handicapped accessable raised vegetable beds in addition to multiple containers.
    My goal is to:
    * feed myself
    * supplement my income
    * donate fresh produce to my local food pantry
    * teach my community how to grow their own food and build raised beds for the elderly and handicapped neighbors
    Last year was great even with the drought. I was blessed with tomatoes, okra, mustard greens, green beans and lettuce. I can’t wait for Spring here in Texas.

  115. Michelle Grotemeyer says:

    The house sits on just under a third of an acre. My production has been growing every year as I learn more techniques for the area. Last fall my husband and I made an agreement regarding becoming more self=sufficient. I have been reading up on a more year round approach. I grow for my family of five and my Mother.

  116. Lise says:

    My husband and I will be planting our first “living off the land” garden this fall, very much looking forward to the experience and enjoying the fruits of our labor!

  117. Colleen says:

    I have 2/3 an acre I’m going to be planting for our coffee house. I’m new to growing things on a massive scale like that so I have a lot of things to learn. My husband and I are going to have a portion of the yard as a fish pond so we can try aquaponics. The rest will be planted somewhat the way you have your yard planted.

    I want very healthy salads for the coffee house but it’s a future project. I don’t know how to grow things on that massive of a scale yet. I have all I can do to keep from killing rosemary! This spring we’re going to plant some nut and fruit trees, berries, some edible flowers and some greens, but on a small scale until I know what I’m doing.

  118. Alison says:

    You guys have been our inspiration for years! My hubby & I are 60yrs old & finally made it to some land in the country when we were about 50. We grow most of our food from shiitake mushrooms to salad greens, collards, cabbage, kale, spinach, onions, tomatoes, summer & winter squash, beans, okra, oh my…so many, many veggies. We also grow herbs: rosemary (my favorite), sage, thyme, mints, on & on…I am hoping to grow an entire medicinal garden this year as well. As for fruits, we grow strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, apples, pears, figs…we also raise about 40 chickens and honey bees! 🙂
    BUT…YOU GUYS have it DOWN!!! We both work so hard and mess up frequently. We look at what YOU do and stand in awe. We need all the help we can get to run a more efficient operation and perhaps be able to market some. We’d LOVE a planner! Happy Growing from Peachland, NC! 😀

  119. Deborah says:

    I am experimenting this year with an area 60 feet by 100 feet. I have just put up a fence and my husband has plowed the ground. I will be using a smaller International 140 tractor to set the rows. I have always had a small raised bed garden so this is a stretch for me but I have the land and the resources. If this proves successful I will later try to install a water harvesting system since I have a shed 120″ long that is on one side of the garden area. Last year was the worst drought in recorded history here in Texas so irrigation seems logical but I don’t know if I have “bitten off more than I can chew” with such a large area. I am planning on providing fresh product for my husband and me, two neighbors and our mothers. I will be planting fruit trees for jelly and canning. More than likely we wil not have enough fresh veggies to can since I plan on sharing with friends.
    For the past few years I have followed your progress and have day dreamed about having a simplier more fulfilling life. You are all excellent stewarts of your resources and we could all learn something from you.

  120. Ellen F. says:

    I have 10 beds that are about 3-1/2 feet by 16 feet. Unfortunately I have only gotten the weeds out of two of them so far for planting. I hope to clear out more of them. I plan to grow much more produce this year than previously because the cost of fruits and vegetables has increased so much in the stores this past year.

  121. Angela Almendarez says:

    We currently have a garden that is 20×24 feet. We grow kholrabi, carrots, peas, beans, potatoes, tomatoes (Roma and cherry), Brocolli, Jalepenos, Okra, Zucchini, and onions. This past october we had a very unusual snow storm that dumped 2 feet of snow. We had a beautiful Sugar Maple tree that we loved, It was about 300 years old. but because it was old and the tree still had leaves on it and the ground was not yet frozen, the weight of the snow caused huge branches to come crashing down and a huge split went down the tree. Leaving us no alternative but to take down the remaining part of the tree. It was a sad day, however our yard now has tons of sun and we are looking to add a large garden now in this part of the yard that was previously shaded. So this year we are adding a couple different crops, Baby brocolli is one of the new crops. We have never grown this before. Anybody have any tips on how to grow this? Love watching your website and your posts. You are very inspiring.

  122. Charyl Rocco says:

    My landlord wont allow gardens but I will follow your advice to do what you can with what you’ve got! I will have some container plants plus volunteer for The Growing Project and be a garden mentor for several new gardens in my town. Last summer I was able to harvest an abundance for my own veggie needs by tending a.different community garden every night, plus we donated many pounds to our food bank and foster families.

  123. Lynette Dillon says:

    We are planning a big garden this year. Our last frost date is around Valentines Day, but we have been know to have a little frost before Easter. Our garden in about 2000 sq. feet. We are also adding some fruit trees this year. We hope to produce enough in the garden this year to cut down on those trips to the groc. store. I have started some seeds in the house under a light and on a heating pad. I have been getting the garden ready for planting every chance I get. We have been getting a lot of rain lately, but that’s OK we have been in a drought. Some scary wild fires threatened our town here in Texas last fall. We are praying that doesn’t happen again. Looking forward to a beautiful garden this year….wish me luck.

  124. Tobi says:

    We have 4 4’x4′, 1 3’x8′, 6 dwarf fruit trees, 6 hens and a small asparagus garden. I plan to have it all planted this spring and summer. Planning for autumn and lover wintering will be our new adventure this year.

  125. Doug Bergstrom says:

    My garden area is 80 feet 40 … I basically grow rotational a 10 plot (mounded-raised beds) ‘Resilient’ garden – modeled after Carol Deppe’s suggestions: corn, beans (bush), squash (winter bush), potatoes. (I also have chickens {8 of them = ‘assorted’ Cochin Bantams} for composting garden and kitchen waste and eggs for us.
    One variety of corn is planted this year (in two plots) – primarily a flour type and two varieties of bush bean are planned (for dry-down), and two varieties of bush winter squash in the works (for winter storage) and four varieties of potatoes will be planted: German Butterball & Purple Majesty & Yukon Gold & Dark-Red Norland. Of the ten total plots two are set aside each year as a fallow plots – I plant soybeans & buckwheat & barley as a summer cover-green-manure crop (the whole garden area is cleaned in the fall and planted to a winter cover = Winter Rye and Austrian Winter Peas). I also have a kitchen garden section (10 feet by 40 feet) – raised-box bedded where I grow one ‘bush’ cucumber variety & a ‘bush’ musk melon variety (utilizing the methodology espoused by Edward Hyams) and two varieties of sweet peppers and one variety of carrots (Nantes) and three varieties of onions (red, white, yellow). I plan to expand my grocery needs by the addition of the varieties of spuds I will be growing (I had – in the past – only grown two varieties) and experimenting some more with the Edward Hyams methodology for growing the cucumbers and musk melons (for the third year in a row). I read every posting and am always amazed at the comments and correspondingly very-well-pleased at how everyone responds to each other in the comments section.of The Little Homestead In The City and the Home Grown Living Network – a most-wonderful group of folk … one incredible forum of ideas and resources and connections and inspirations = I learn something every time from each ones of you-all’s postings and comments …. thanks for reading-listening – have a great year. These are exciting times — have fun.

  126. Brandy says:

    We have a humble 20×20 front yard growing space on our terrace. A neighborhood endeavor as well as an outdoor classroom for all the kids involved! Veggies, strawberries and culinary herbs were all grown over the last 2 years. Our blog does not have any of the summer pictures which includes an additional 15×8 backyard watermelon and mammoth sunflower/cosmos butterfly garden. This year we are in the planning process to attempt raspberries, blueberries and grapes.

    Thanks for all your inspiration!! We wish you continued success beyond your own expectations.

  127. Jean says:

    We grow with “no till” gardening. Our garden isn’t a plot, but several small plots around the yard, both front and back. In addition to the “wild” black raspberries we cultivate,our few fruit trees, and the winter onions which grow year round, this year each of my three oldest children picked what they wanted to help grow. So, green peas, peppers, green beans, corn, strawberries, tomatoes, and cucumbers will be what I spend most of my time helping the kids with. I will probably put out some broccoli, lettuce, and swiss chard in addition to the kids crops.

  128. Brenda says:

    I have a 12 feet by 45 feet garden…. I have decided to take this space and switch to square foot gardening to maximixe my amount of veggie and herb to eat and put up for the winter. Plus the boys are attempting GIANT pumpkins again this year. Squash bugs got them last year 🙁 They really want to win the purple ribbon at the fair this year. 1010 is the size to beat from last year….

  129. chantal says:

    We grow different lettuces,spinach and beans in pots. We plant in are small yard 12 tomato plants, snow peas,cucumbers. We don’t have a lot of space but I think I might try to fight in an extra four pots to are already 11 pots on are deck and see what else grows good in pots.


  130. Chris says:

    How big of garden do you have?
    Not nearly big enough yet. I have 96 square feet of planting space right now.I would like tojust rip out all ofthe grass fromt he front andthe back and plant vegetables everywhere but it is a process and I have to move slow and build when we have the money and as the family begins to see the benefits.

    Are you planning on “growing more of your own groceries” this year?
    I would love to grow more this year. I am already doing much better in terms of how much I am producing this year over last year which was my first. I have some of the timming down a bit better now that I am in my second season. I am planning on planting a ton of tomatoes, italian squash, basic and more leafy green mixes. They all did pretty well last year so I want to double or tripple how much I grew last year to get a really decent harvest. I am going to leave out the cucumbers since they did not produce at all for me last year. Maybe next year after I get better at gardening then I will try cucumbers again.

    Anyway I hope I win that cool planting calendar.

  131. april says:

    Have a decent bit of garden space surrounding our typical 60s ranch-track home in Anaheim, CA., but have tried to “let it be”, hoping the beloved dirt could recover from mum’s love for monsanto, before we, the next generation & vegetarians, attempt to nurture along as much as we can consume! We will seek your advice on how to recondition said soil & safely move forward! WE LOVE DIRT, & fresh gifts from seed are the true grateful treasure we appreciate! thanks for teaching & sharing so much! God Bless, namaste oxo

  132. april says:

    added a fb posting also, 2/11/12 … wanna introduce YOU ALL to folks yet un~awares!
    what a fabulous mission you have chosen!!! BTW, any MORE (single, spiritual, old guys, i mean) like u out there wanting to create & duplicate your wonderful model? send ’em over to my fb above, hmmm? haahaahaaa oxo

  133. moi says:

    added a fb posting also, 2/11/12 … wanna introduce YOU ALL to folks yet un~awares!
    what a fabulous mission you have chosen!!! BTW, any MORE (single, spiritual, old guys, i mean) like u out there wanting to create & duplicate your wonderful model? send ’em over to my fb above, hmmm? haahaahaaa oxo

  134. Cathy Koos Breazeal says:

    Here on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada, snow is ordinarily a given for February. However, that precious commodity hasn’t been seen since early December — and that was an amount almost too small to measure.

    I have taken advantage of the unseasonable dry and built a second garden on the slope behind the house, terracing raised beds into the hill. I also started my tomato seeds last weekend.

    Found a forgotten 6 pack of broccoli and another of swiss chard and popped them in one of the beds last weekend and hoop covered with 6 mil plastic. A week later, they are looking good.

    Hoping to have enough extra produce this summer to sell!

  135. Renee says:

    Yes, I goal is to supplement my food source by fresh items that I grow. My name is on the community garden waiting list for some time. I am eager to get started…hopefully this Spring. Thank you for sharing the knowledge gained from your experience in self reliance. Eating well must be everyone’s focus.

  136. BJ Gingles says:

    I have a few raised beds and containers I grow a small variety of vegetables in. I am trying to improve my skills and increase my yield each year as well as add a bit more growing space each time. This past year’s weird weather really upset my yields and I am unsure whether to try the same plan I had last year or make changes……

  137. Tawney says:

    I am planning on growing more of our groceries this year. I don’t have anything growing right now but I am planning on growing more next winter.

  138. Carolyn says:

    I have two raised beds (one in my neighbor’s yard) for a total growing space of about 80 square feet plus two Earth Boxes that I have used successfully for several years. I have grown tomatoes, green beans, corn, green peppers, peas, okra, and some herbs. I also grow strawberries and blackberries in large containers and blueberries along the fence line. I love sharing my gardening with my two grandchildren.

  139. Laura says:

    For our personal consuption, the garden is about 200 square feet. This is the first year we are going to start planting with the intention of growing for others and we have a larger (yet still small) acreage for that. We are gowing more of our own groceries this year. I planted several types of greens just last week. This is the earliest we’ve planted and the first time we’ve planted the greens.

  140. Laura says:

    Here is the entry I posted in my blog regarding your giveaway 🙂


  141. Carl says:

    I have two garden sections one 10×10 the other is 20 x 20 ft. I really want to plant more this year. I have slacked off this year : ( reading your posts really make me want to reinvigorate my garden! Thank you

  142. DJ Dembinski says:

    Hello! I would love to add your calendar to my garden tools. This year we will grow lettuces, green beans, tomatoes, beets, and onions. We are going to try eggplant, and some new peppers. And, of course our herb garden. I’m sure. I’m missing some. Oh yes! Our wine fruit. Currents, apple, rhubarb and we want to plant blueberries and thornless blackberries.

  143. Gill Pollard says:

    It is 17 F degrees so I am not going to go measure the garden but the main area is roughly 100 x 100 feet and the smaller is 100 x 50. We mainly raise tomatoes and beans for canning and sale to vegetable stands. I have trouble with corn as the farms surrounding us use genetically altered corn and it seems to mess my crop up for some reason. I may try sorghum this year for animal feed and molassas. We plan on raising some different vegetable to can this year and others for livestock feed. Right now the chickens are using the gardens for forage.

  144. elaine nieves says:

    We have a very small back yard and last year put in a 8×8 raised bed which had tomatoes, basil, peppers and a pole bean. In large pots we had collards,strawberries, lettuces and garlic. This year I may try more pots for vegetables. The strawberries made it thru this winter and are blooming already!

  145. Judith says:

    Hi! I’m Judith from Puerto Rico. Last year I started to fix my little backyard, We are a tropical island and able to garden all year, we have a lot of rain and warm to hot weather so there are some things that are not easy to grow here and I don’t have much previous experience. I did 2- 4’X4′ raised beds & 1- 4’X8′ (which plan to expand to 4’x 11. One of the small beds is thriving with herbs/aromatics: oregano, rosemary, verbena, anise… the other one have some chillies, tomatoes, ginger, cilantro, arugula, basil, the third one so far only have a strawbery plant & 2 cherry tomato plants & I’m saving space for spearmint as is a herb we love to have to make Moroccan tea. In the yard perimeter we have ornamental shrubs, flowers & fruit trees ,: mango, bananas, sour-soup, papaya, lemonbalm, chillies, flowering gingers, pumpkins, heliconias & pigeon-peas . Also have some potted plants such as spinach & aloes . Last holidays we built a small coop & run and 2 weeks ago we buy 2 hens and a roo ( that means 11eggs by week)… last year we don’t have much success in some of the crops, but I am willing to keep trying & learning to grow more edibles this year. I’m using the combination of sqf gardening & permaculture… your family indeed are a greatest inspiration in this journey. Blessings

  146. Glenna Richards says:

    Have gardened for a long time, but now my sister Dot and I are wanting to garden for our family and to sell. We are putting together a stand on our property to sell homemade items and fresh produce. We really would like to grown year round. We are working on laying it out. We will see how this goes. What box to use for what plants and when do you put them in. We come from the West Coast and now live on the East coast. Different weather. Our garden right now is about 50 x 40. We have a frame up for a green house. Working on getting the items to complete that. We like to reuse items.

  147. Pam Conklin says:

    My name is Pam, I am a mother of 4 in myrtle beach, sc, and have been urban homesteading for some years now. I have 6 chickens and several raised beds, but I am now on a mission to model my quarter acre homestead around yours. What you all do is fantastic, and I hope you’ll never change. I saw you on the peppers show and I really loved it!! Thanks, Pam conkin

  148. Naked on a Mountain Top says:

    My garden consists of an old canoe (the S.S. Sidedish), two raised beds and three boxes (12″ x 48″) that I reclaimed from the trash in an alley. Oh, and an assortment of pots filled with herbs!

    Grow more? Maybe just diversify into other areas to avoid duplicates of the CSA we subscribe to each year.

    Someday when work doesn’t get in my way and I have time I will be able to produce more produce!! (& chickens too!)

  149. Kim Mandigo says:

    We have two 8×10 beds and 4×4 raised bed garden. We have eight chickens, a duck, a rabbit, three dogs, a cat and we live in a rural neighborhood. We have already started three types of tomatoes, basil, chives, cilantro, zinnias, nostrums and dahlias indoors. We put up a lot last summer and hope to put up even more this year with plenty to share as well. We have started our compost bin and a rain barrel. We hope to add to our gardens this year, enlarge our compost heap and add a couple more blue berry bushes and a fruit tree or two. I’m hoping for a small butterfly house too. And the duck needs a bigger pool. Our Duck is a better guard than the gigantic dog we have he is very comical.

  150. bd says:

    We have a medium-sized garden and two 12×4 boxes that grows our groceries!

    We would love the weather to heat up early this year so the harvest is steady!!

    Thank you!

  151. Abe says:

    We have a 500 sf garden at our home in Chicago, plus 3 ducks and maybe some ducklings if our egg incubator works well. We grow lots of veggies, some herbs, some potatoes, cherries, raspberries, plums, blueberries and wine grapes. We are hoping for a good crop this year, especially now that the kids are old enough to help, or at least play independently. I love following your blog posts. Thanks for all of the good info!

  152. My Recession Kitchen says:

    Our yard is 40’x50′ we have two raised beds that are 4’x8′ and a dozen large planters for the vegetables and we grow peaches, apricots, pears, apples, lemons, satsumas, almonds, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and grapes. We’ve run out of space to plant anything more.

  153. Gill says:

    We have moved to a home that has 1.3 acres, from a postage stamp piece of property. My children and I had a tremendous garden last year, and all participated in it’s success. We are looking at incorporating chickens this year, as they have an extreme desire to have fresh eggs and enjoy the opportunities that come with chickens. I work at a local mom and pop hardware store, over 100 years old and run the garden department. It has been exciting to meet and learn from our forever customers about their Urban lives, gardens, lifestyles, etc. Ranging from 8 year old – 90 years old! They have so much information and knowledge! This is a place where you can still get a handful of grass seed or a 50 lb bag. A place where you can buy your chicks, and all the equipment that goes along with it. We have been inspired to go back to the way things were “back then” and intend to pursue that lifestyle. An extreme change from the life we were living, but an intuitive choice to live the life we are supposed to be living. A natural one. A real one.Back to the core values, intentions, goals, foundations on which America was established. Thank you for taking the time and making the effort to re-educate us, and we are on board for the future. And we are paying and passing it forward, 10 people at a time. 5 x10 on a daily basis, adds up! God Bless

  154. Ed says:

    I plant many varities of tomatoes, peppers and herbs every year. I just finished building and elevated growing table for lettuce, carrots and garlic.

    I look forward every Winter to get my seed catalogs and order me seeds. I start them them in my garage and transplant when the weather gets nice.

  155. Rev. Dr. Chuck Benson says:


    We are in Awe of what your family has done for 20 years!

    Based on you wonderful gardening expertise, we are starting a new kind of ministry website, which is not finished yet. It will be to communicate information on ways for pre-teen children, and old retired folkes, and families in third world nations to be able to learn how to grow their own design of our plans to help them with “self-sufficiency ” gardening. We are still working on our “Tri-level, Organic, Tentnet, Squarecube (T.O.T.S.) garden final construction components, which will involve, grow tubs made from mushrooms, grown in a mold, heated to 150 degrees, which makes it an inert 2 foot by 2 foot by 1 foot deep tub, standing on 3 inch bamboo poles about 3.5 feet off of the ground. The lower, ground level part of the upsidedown , vertical garden will be the growing area for large root veggies like potatoes, carrots, turnips, etc. The underside of the second level is to grow upside down tomatoes, and everybearing strawberries, etc. And, the top level of the elevated, upsidedown 2x2x1 foot tub is to grow small root veggies like lettuce, radishes, kale, spinach, etc. We have experimented for two years and we have been able to have a lettuce and tomato sandwich for a family of 4 , everyday, for a solid 12 month, year around season. Our extrapolation of this experiment would be that 24 of these inexpensive T.O.T.S. home made gardens would feed a family of 4, all year around with all of the tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, lettuce, sp;inach, and kale that the family could eat, and would also supply some stored food by dehydrating (in a small sun dehydrator) and vacuum packing it in small cellophane (no plastic) bags from a $50 Wal-Mart partial vacuum packaging machine. We call our program God’s ….Sonshine, Oxygen, Water, Earth and Seeds (S.O.W.E.S.) Ministry and we call the food storage God’s (Joseph of Egypt Factor Ministry) which is activated by the concept of “Diverting, Essential, Economic Dollars) in our “Good D.E.E.D.$” Ministry by growing our own Home Patio or Home Back Yard Garden Foods, and taking the money that we would have spent on the food, and using it to buy the logistics to set up these gardens in U.S.A. poor people’s areas by asking Christian Families to allow “Share Cropping” usage of their backyards to “Poverty Level” Americans to grow their own T.O.T.S. gardens in their more fortunate American Christian Family backyards and patios. We also believe that every Californian family that has a space to grow food and dehydrate it and partially vacuum pack it, should do so, because it is always good to be ready for the BIG CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE DISASTER which Cal Tech says is 160 years overdue. Of course, the preserved foods need to be rotated so that what God has provided can be “given away to food pantry ministries to the “widows, orphans and the poor” per God’s instructions in His Written Words. These older preserved foods need to be moved to make room, each season, in the hall closet for the newly preserved foods.
    We are suggesting that a normal hall closet, containing peg board with long
    pegs, when completely full of dehydrated, vacuum packed foods, will last a family for a year, until FEMA might get to them if they needed to survive until FEMA can figure our a way to ship the foods from the California Mainland to the new California Island after the BIG EARTHQUAKE! After all, the majority of the 38 Million Californians will be on the devestated California Island in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, with no airports that will be smooth enough to land, and no roads connected to the Eastern California Mainland as the techtonic plates move away and form an Baja kind of separation from the Mainland of the United States with lots of water between the two and not enough boats to ship the food for $30 million Californians on the California Island. (We just imagined this disaster senario….but, it is possible….and why not go along with God’s S.O.W.E.S. and man’s T.O.T.S. garden design, and start doing Good D.E.E.D.$ for yourself and your neighbors so you have enough preserved food in your hall closet to feed yourself and your neighbors (so your neighbors don’t need to kill you for your food until FEMA is able to help them have food.) Is it really good to depend, entirely, on FEMA based on their past performances in helping Americans in disaster needs. Reverend Honorary Doctorates, Chuck and Margo Benson. (We are in our 80’s so we will probably miss the BIG EVENT if it keeps on delaying.)

  156. MamaJod says:

    Hello! I have been admiring you guys from afar for many years now. I aspire to grow 1/3 the amount you do. I do, however, live in WI, which can be a bit tricky. would love one of the garden planners! Oh, I’m planning on growing at least as much as I did last year which made up for about 75% of our food!

  157. Mary Hall says:

    How big is my garden? Every year it gets a little bit bigger! This year the veggie bed will be about 20×20 and the herb beds will remain the same (6×10). Who knows how big they’ll expand to next year!

  158. Aimee Wyatt says:

    Taking my cue from you, I’ve converted all 800 Sq. Ft. of my front yard in downtown Long Beach into raised beds and am in the process of planting a variety of fruits and veggies for my family.

  159. Julie Atteberry says:

    You have an absolutely wonderful operation there. I wish I could do half that. I have a 5’X10″ raised garden. Last summer I planted 8 tomato plants (heirloom) 7 different pepper plants, serano, italian pepper, organic banana pepper, sweet banana pepper, purple bell pepper, red bell pepper, green bell pepper. radishes, scallions (we normally call these green onions in Illinois, but now I’m in the south, I will call them scallions). I was away a lot of the winter, so I did not grow any winter plants. Right now I am planting brussel sprouts, curly kale (love it), 1 Big boy and 1 better boy tomato plant, (for my husband). I am going to get some collards, and swiss chard this week and get it in the garden. I am also planting some Cilantro…I love it and hope it does well. I am putting a couple of pepper plants in this week also.Last year the only pepper plant that did well was the sweet banana pepper, it was like the energizer bunny it kept producing, I could not pick them fast enough. I like a pepper with a kick, but the italian and the serano did nothing. I haven”t a clue why. I’m also adding some italian parsley and some more tomato plants just a couple, definitely organic. Not enough room for much more.
    Thank you for the inspiration. I think I will have my husband build me another 5″X10″ raised garden next to the one I have.
    Good luck this year
    Julie Atteberry

  160. Eileen says:

    Oh, I’m just squeaking in under the deadline!
    I’m in the process of planning my first vegetable garden. I live in the woods, so I’m not sure I have enough sunny space, but I’ll see how it goes.
    Thanks for the chance~Eileen

  161. Jessica says:

    I definitely plan on growing more of my own groceries this year. Last year I did grow some veggies but got a late start on planting. I had a couple of heirloom tomatoes, purple peppers, hot peppers, and herbs. Hoping to be more on the ball this year and try out raised beds as the soil here isn’t that great!