Steve Solomon prefers to grow his garden "to the max." He will share how he achieves main broccoli flowers that are 300 mm across, cauliflowers and cabbages that weigh 5 kg each. How to make one Sweet Grey pumpkin vine yield 20 very large pumpkins. How to grow a healthy, heavy bearing tomato plant that occupies a circle more than 2 metres across. How he grows lettuce (and other salads) of such sweetness that it hardly needs salad dressing.
Gardeners usually raise their food crops in what they assume is fertile soil and they hope they'll do well. If the soil actually was fertile—and all other things being equal—the garden will do okay. But it could do better. Much better. Food plants may be GROWN, which means encouraging them to achieving their largest possible size, the finest flavour, the highest nutritional content, and have maximum disease and insect resistance. The talk will touch upon soil fertility, plant spacing, root zone dynamics, compost, foliar feeding and brewing compost microbes (aerated compost tea).