Edible Landscaping: Grow $700 of Food in 100 Square Feet!
Americans would realize astonishing savings on their grocery bill if they set aside a small amount of land for edible landscaping instead of growing so much grass.
The total value of the fresh vegetables author Rosalind Creasy grew in her 100-square-foot garden in 2008 was $683.43!
SAXON HOLT & ROSALIND CREASY
In a successful test of the edible landscaping concept, the author’s 2008 garden was integrated beautifully into her yard.
PHOTO: ROSALIND CREASY
Even after factoring in the expense of some plants and fertilizer, a small garden can still save you big bucks on groceries.
Luscious homegrown tomatoes, spicy basil and always-prolific zucchini were all harvested from the author’s 100-square-foot garden bed in the summer of 2008.
In her 2009 garden, the author grew (from left) ‘Celebrity’ tomatoes on the green trellis; two basil plants in front; ‘Raven’ zucchini with three chard plants behind it; ‘Musica’ string beans on a tipi; an arbor with ‘Early Girl’ tomatoes; two collard plants; and two ‘Blushing Beauty’ bell peppers.
The author’s pet rooster, 15-year-old Mr. X, checks out the cool veggie garden.
Within a month, just 18 plants yielded 230 individual servings of salad!
Author Ros Creasy in her northern California trial garden in 2008.