Is there any list of absurdly productive food plants? Like if you only have x amount of space or can only by y number of plants, what do you grow to produce the largest raw mass of food possible

So zucchini is the prototypical example, right. And I know of a few others, like tabasco peppers for example

Tell me in the replies, what plants do you know of that make gardeners say "help, I have more x than I know how to deal with, can anyone come take some home?"


Also, lmk any other tips you have for increasing yields, even if they're not this specifically. For instance, growing a leafy green that you can harvest one leaf at a time like kale or romaine lettuce, rather than one that you take all at once like cabbage. Stuff like that

I'm planning a guerilla community garden and I want it to do as much good as possible

@socalledunitedstates I would pick non-flowering* sorrel. (see

It's basically a spinach substitute (only tastes better, IMO), only it's a perennial, which in a mild winter you can continue to harvest. Otherwise, it it comes back each Spring, just keep harvesting throughout the year. Almost no work, other than watering it in to get established.

I use it in everything from a pasta sauce, to an omelette or a curry, it's very versatile.

I'm assuming you have this in the US though. If not, you might have something similar.

*non-flowering is best because the plant just keeps growing leaves rather than putting into effort creating flowers/seeds.

@socalledunitedstates Otherwise, key herbs (i.e. oregano, rosemary, thyme). Plus strawberries, varieties that continue to produce fruit throughout the year (not winter), like Samba, which also has a very pretty flower.

@indie @socalledunitedstates hum, I don't know what's wrong, because when I click on the link it goes straight to the page and loads without a problem.

Maybe try and then search for 'sorrel'?

@GwenfarsGarden @socalledunitedstates

And here if I manually tell it to not redirect to https://www

Are you using Google Sites? Might just need to configure something in your A records...

@indie @socalledunitedstates I really don't know, I've never had this happen before. I use Blogger, which got taken over from Google some time ago, but this is the first time I've had someone say it won't work.

I don't know how to reconfigure anything. I've made one small redirection change, so you could try now, but if that doesn't work, I don't know who to speak to. Argh!!!! Very sorry

You can grow a ton of green beans in a very small plot, because the vines use vertical space on poles.

@socalledunitedstates Potato barrels are the best way to get a big yield of potatoes in a small space, but a mess to harvest.

How stealth do you want this to be? Is it "hey, someone planted a vegetable garden... and it's... free...?" or more like "a bunch of us are gardening on an abandoned lot and don't really want to be caught" or "this blank area could do with some plants but let's make it edible" or somewhere in between?

There are a number of ornamental plants that happen to be edible, which can be useful in a stealth situation.

@artsyhonker They're going to be straw bale gardens, so stealth is already out the window. This is taking place around an abandoned convenience store that already has been added to by the community for a long time (most notably a free library), so I think it'll be safe

@socalledunitedstates Then I would say go vertical if you possibly can. A layer of tall stuff, and some small stuff in front. often has reviews of specific veg varieties, which can be useful in deciding what to grow.

@socalledunitedstates Do you have storage available and if so what sort? That might make a significant difference re what's best to grow as affects whether you can make & store preserved results of things. Also I guess volume != energy volume, so depends how many people you want to feed trading off against variety of stuff you can provide them with.

@JubalBarca I'm keeping a running list to provide plenty of variety - I'm not just going to grow 200lb of zucchini and leave it to rot on the sidewalk lol

My current thought is most of it will be taken straight off the plant by people, or put in a basket in the front if no one goes for it in time. Hopefully people would either use or preserve them themselves before they go bad, but I don't have any means to do that on a community scale

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