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Grow100: Grow It Eat It’s Food Gardening Challenge

Grow It Eat It’s Food Gardening Challenge


2014 Season is OVER.  Check out the RESULTS and Winners!



10/7 We have our winners!  Check out the Check in Period 3 Winner, and the overall category winners!

8/15 We got your submissions! Check-in period 3 submission form is available.

6/20 - Check-in Period 1 winner is announced!  Alison from Anne Arundel County!  Click here to read about her garden and other highlights from period1. 

6/17 - SIGN UP IS CLOSED! UPDATE PERIOD 1 is OVER! If you did not sign up AND submit your update 1 form by now, we look forward to your entry next year!  UPDATE PERIOD 2 BEGINS! You have until 8/15 to fill out your Update Period 2 form.  Update period 1 winner and other notable gardens will be featured on the GIEI blog shortly.

4/28 - "Getting the Most Out of Your Small Vegetable Garden: The 100 Square Foot Garden" - check out this PDF document of a PowerPoint presentation - a great resource on how to grow your 100 Square foot garden.  View/download here.

4/16 - Update Period 1 begins!  You have until June 16 to fill out this update form (removed)! Registration is still open until the end of this update period!

Enter the 2014 Grow It Eat It contest and show us “What Can YOU Grow in 100 Square Feet?”

OPEN to all gardeners- city, suburban, country; experienced and first-time gardeners; backyard, community, or school garden. AND you don’t have to be a Maryland resident. We have lots of examples and resources to help you. Use your imagination- the sky’s the limit. 


Social media:

During the contest, tweet about your garden to the GIEI twitter and include the hashtag #grow100. Post your progress on the GIEI Facebook page wall!  We want to hear about and see your garden!

Keep it small: The growing space cannot exceed 100 square feet (but may be less). Examples:

  • one bed that is 4’x25’ or 10’x10’
  • three 4’x8’ beds and a 2’x2’ square pot
  • Containers, salad boxes, or salad tables are all ok.
  • The 100 square feet may be your entire garden or just a small part of it. 

Pick one of three theme categories:

  • New to Gardening - a great way for to get started gardening! We're looking for an impressive garden grown by a novice gardener learning the ropes. 
  • 4-Rs Garden - Use techniques to reduce waste, energy, and water use; re-use materials; recycle nutrients; and re-think conventional gardens.
  • Maximum Production - we're looking for a garden with an impressively abundant harvest. The amount of food, crop diversity, and length of harvest are all factors that will impress us.

Judging will be performed by the HGIC staff and is not scientific. We're looking for good effort, good style, good planning, good photos and good stories.

Send updates: Once you register your garden just share three scheduled updates during the growing season using our online form. Each time you’ll send us 1 to 5 photos and a brief description of what’s been happening in your 100 sq. feet (maximum of 500 words)-  tips, successes and failures, things learned, your garden plan, a great recipe, etc. Your photos and descriptions may end up on the contest web page and social media!  

Update period Fill out form between: Form location:
Update 1 By April 16 - June 15 Update 1 form (closed)
Update 2 June 16 - August 15 Update 2 form
Update 3 August 16 - October 15 Update 3 form available August 16

Prizes: Three prizes ($25 gift certificates) will be awarded after each of the 3 updates are submitted (June 15, August 15, October 15) to gardens that stood out because of high productivity, uniqueness, resourcefulness, or other qualities.

 Three grand prizes ($50 gift certificate and a Maryland Master Gardener handbook) will be awarded to one garden in each of three categories. Judges will base decisions entirely on submitted updates.

Need some tools or help planning your garden strategy?  See our Resources page full of book suggestions, garden planning software, and tips.


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