Summer. Hello? Where you go, Summer?
Well, that was fast. A blur really. I can’t believe it’s already the middle of October. Fall is in full force. Leaves are turning. Crisp mornings. Oddly, we haven’t had our first killer frost yet though. Hmmm?
Our #miiliontomato in a #millionbucket Front Yard Garden Project went great! We had a great tomato growing summer here in Northwest Lower Michigan. The plants were crushing it in their buckets. Big. Bushy. Happy.
We grew all sorts of tomato types. Cherries. Romas. Big Boys. Yellow pears. Apparently, if you grow tomatoes in a mixture of 100% awesome compost, you get some 100% delicious tomatoes. We harvested 2 bushels of some of the yummiest tomatoes I’ve ever tasted.
We did get a few strange looks. Our 5×5 bucket grid took up most of the front yard. When the plants grew big and tall, it looked a bit out of hand. But in an awesome kind of way. We completed the cycle by growing neighborhood food with neighborhood compost using neighborhood buckets. Rad.
We’ve taken the buckets down and composted the plants. We’re dreaming up big plans for next year. 10×10 grid? Help other neighbors set up their own bucket array? Community bucket garden at the F&M park?
Happy Autumn and Compost On!
In celebration of Compost Awareness Week, we signed up for the US Compost Council’s Million Tomato Campaign.
With our Neighborhood Veggie Garden at F&M going nowhere fast and our backyard garden already full with peas, cucumbers, garlic, asparagus and other veggies, we decided to take over the front yard. Plenty of sun. Access to water. And mum said it was Ok.
And since we have a few buckets lying around, we thought it would be fun to set up a massive array of 5 gallon Carter’s Compost chicken-stenciled buckets. Buckets filled with the compost that I made in my backyard. Compost I grew from my special recipe of my neighbor’s kitchen scraps and maple leaves off my street. Compost that I turned and screened by hand. Compost that I grew with love.
In these compost filled buckets of awesomeness, I transplanted tomato plants that I grew from seed. I started all different kinds of tomatoes in April. Cherries, romas, heirlooms, big beefsteaks, open-pollinated yellow pears, plum sized orange ones and others kinds too.
I set up the buckets in a 5×5 grid in the sunniest part of the front yard. Some simple math will indicate that this is much less than a million but it looks big. It really does. And when I asked my little brother Jameson how many he thought there were, he guessed “A Million?”. Since he’s a pretty sharp 6 year old, we’re going to go with that.
We will post updates on our progress throughout the summer and keep you up to date as to how we used my compost to grow a “million” tomatoes in a “million” buckets in my front yard.