from the employee owners at Gardener's Supply Co.

Space-Intensive Gardening

We’ve learned to grow more food in less space by using ecological solutions, such as healthy soil, compost and drip irrigation. That’s one reason why Gardener’s Supply has focused on innovations for home composting and water-efficient container gardening.

Watch a short video of Will in the Mi Tierra Tropical Fruit Salad Garden.

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During the last few decades, I have become especially interested in space-intensive gardening. How can we produce more food in less space? Here in Vermont, we’ve learned how to do it efficiently by using ecological solutions, such as healthy soil, compost and drip irrigation. That’s one reason why Gardener’s Supply has focused on innovations for home composting, water-efficient container gardening, Grow Bags and raised beds.

Now, I am trying to use similar techniques in our part-time home in Costa Rica. Can we produce delicious organic produce while also developing techniques for maximum output and pest protection? Might what we learn be of use to local landowners interested in improving yields from their farmland, enriching the soil and creating more jobs?

We planted our first tropical fruit salad garden on a hillside. The contoured rows of pineapple, papaya, bananas, passion fruit vines and perennial peppers are surrounded by erosion-controlling vetiver grass. Though hot peppers don’t exactly qualify as tropical fruit, they are popular at market, effective pest deterrents and are the key ingredient in our best-selling chileros hot sauce, which we make and sell under the Mi Tierra brand.

We are pleased with our initial results. We believe we can generate up to $1 per square foot revenue from an intensively planted fruit garden, with crops sold to the local market where organic produce is in demand.

Will Raap

Founder, Gardener’s Supply

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