I put us on the waitlist for a community garden this year instead of doing a CSA share. Hopefully we'll get a plot nearby, but then the question is - what do we plant?
The garden plot is organic, but I'm not sure if that means using organic seeds or just no pesticides or Miracle-gro or things like that. I'll assume organic seeds. I'm also not sure if there is any way of keeping squirrels out of the plots, as we have been having quite a time with that in our apartment, but hypothetically, let's say we can.
So then the question is: what do we grow?
But I know that we want to grow tomatoes, both cherry and roma, and peppers - red and yellow and green bell peppers. I would like to grow cucumbers because they are easy and don't take up a ton of space, and I think something prolific and delicious, like yellow squash or zucchini. Then there are the requisite dark leafy greens like spinach, arugula, and kale. I'm tempted by some kind of green bean or broccoli. But I don't know how anything but tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and zucchini grow. I know zucchini will ruin your life and take over your garden, but it yellow squash as bad? Herbs we will continue to grow in our aerogarden and our window box, since that has worked out pretty well for us (minus the squirrels).
There are some other tricky details about taking part in a community garden - for example, how often do we have to go tend it? Daily? Every other day? This website recommends 3-5 hours a week, which seems pretty manageable. Do we need to bring our own gardening supplies? (Only hoses, wheelbarrows, and wood chips/manure are provided.) Do you have a community or container or square foot garden? Any resources you recommend? Should I attempt to grow squash or not?