Although the list below may seem very organized and planned, the truth is it has emerged over a few years of trying things out, reading about different approaches, meeting different people and doing a few experiments myself.
It may continue to evolve in the future, but for now, it is a true list.
- To grow up to 30 different crops, giving a yield of up to 600lb, in the vegetable garden.
- To grow up to 150lb of tomatoes in pots on the patio.
- To grow up to 250lb of fruit (predominantly apples) on 5 trees, two rows of raspberries, one redcurrant bush and blackberries found in the boundary hedge.
- To evaluate the efficacy of no-dig gardening.
- To test whether the lunar cycles and other planetary aspects affect seed germination, plant growth and harvests.
- To build an ecosystem of plants to feed insects throughout the year with the aim of adding value to the garden ecosystem.
- To investigate companion planting and the use of under-sowing in improving yields and quality as well as minimising exposure of soil to the elements.
- To investigate whether traditional advice on crop spacing can be condensed for a small urban environment.
- To develop effective storage systems for the major crops, notably potatoes, carrots, onions, shallots, apples and tomatoes.
- To build a bomb-proof ‘how-to’ tool kit for the novice gardener, including reliable suppliers, cost-effective equipment, methods for small-scale composting, methods for growing food and harvesting high quality seeds for future generations.
The blog will provide a series of resources of my experiences and offer the chance for you to input your own experiences, feedback, suggestions and questions.