Mar 31, 2012

The 1,000 Pound Challenge- North versus South

Well, the gauntlet has been thrown down! As I prepare for my 1,000 pound challenge (500 square feet, 1,000 pounds of produce, 1 year), a writer friend of mine, Brad Sylvester, has chosen to take on the challenge too! Brad lives on a 5 acre parcel in New Hampshire and is no stranger to vegetable gardening. He will be trying to coax the same 2 pounds per square foot from his garden as I will be doing with mine. You can see Brad's challenge progress over at his Living With the Land blog.

We both have advantages and challenges:

Team Brad
~ Challenge: short growing season (around 120 frost free days) limits what he grow on either end of the summer season
~ Advantage: Brad's garden is mature which means the soil has been conditioned for years

Team Angie
~ Challenge: July and August are so hot in coastal Georgia that few veggies will grow
~ Challenge: brand new tilled bed that will have to be amended from scratch
~Advantage: with only a few light frosts in January and February, I can grow year round

Join us on our blogs throughout the year to keep up with our experiences and to see the growing tally of harvested produce. While both Brad and I love the concept of a good old fashioned north versus south challenge, the main goal is to see how much food we can put on our families' tables with a small garden plot. We'll share with our our successes and failures and, hopefully, inspire you to take shovel to soil and start growing your own food. Game on!


Linda St.Cyr said...

Good luck to both of you! I will be following along watching for great photos of each of your gardens.

You guys are an inspiration. My household has been planning a garden here in Pa. and we started some seedlings inside. So far we have cucumbers, tomatoes, and corn growing. I don't think we will get the 1000 pounds that you and Brad will but maybe eventually.... you guys are both winners in my book!

KimMorgan said...

What are you planting toward the end of the summer? I've got tomatoes and peppers in now, but I doubt they'll be able to keep up with the summer heat. Can't wait to see what's growing in your garden!

KimMorgan said...

Can't wait to see what's growing in your garden! We've got tomatoes and peppers in now, but I'm in Florida, so our gardens have similar growing disadvantages. Love this!

Brad Sylvester said...

How are you doing so far? I'm over 2 pounds with none of the major crops even close to being ready yet; just radishes, lettuce, baby spinach and herbs.