First, the 'Good Points'.
|It's a jungle in there!|
When you do have to water - you can water quite a lot with a few small buckets. And it's all in one place. So you can be pretty lazy about it - even if you DO winge and whine and carry on because it's hot and humid and there are bugs.
Your entire salad is in a 4 x 8 foot area. Basil, cukes, peppers, tomatoes. One-stop dinner gathering.
It's SO dense that the plants provide support for each other - there's no place else to go!
Now, the "Bad Points".
It's a dense, jungle-like mass of vegetation.
There are scary spiders in it that bite you if you just poke your hands in, trying desperately to find a cucumber that hasn't grown to zeppelin size.
There ARE zeppelin sized cucumbers.
|I swear that cucumber in the middle was only|
two inches long yesterday - honest!
Your peppers don't stand a chance.
Seriously, it has worked out pretty well, although I will NOT plant four cucumber plants around a tiny-but-decorative-trellis. I will try mightily to keep to two plants - one regular and one of the Japanese variety. My pumpkin/summer/winter squash bed has taken off and the plants are making a wild attempt to break the barriers of their tiny bed (5x8). I finally gave in and fenced in the bed that I didn't fill in. I'm trying to get everyone to grow in that direction. So far, it's like herding cats.
|Pumpkins, making a break for it...|
'hilling' with straw did not work. There are a lot of spuds in the dirt layer - but nary a one (so far as I can tell) in the straw layer.
|My horseradish is all 'perky'.|
|New type of tomato this year - it's almost black when it's ripe.|
Doubt that would be a great market variety, but I think it's cool!