This is the year we are planting a garden that all gardens will envy. I am growing EVERYTHING I can. I have it all planned out.
- I know I want raised beds that I can walk all the way around to tend to.
- I know I want all of my favorite vegetables, and even some I have never heard of.
- I know I want someone else to do all the work for me…ok, wait..I was kidding.
In all seriousness, I really would like to see if we can grow all of our own veggies this year. Last year we were part of a CSA but it felt like we never got enough of the things we wanted. Plus we had to drive 45 minutes to pick it up. We had a small garden but it was hard to manage because it was low and in a corner. This year I have grand dreams of becoming a backyard homesteader and this feels like the first step towards that goal. Committing to this garden and making it a reality.
We are starting with this:
A pickup truck full of low wooden boxes we will turn into raised beds.
They will be placed in rows, 3 crates long in the area where the arrow is in this photo:
We have snow on the ground now and my yard is a dreary mess, but it won’t be long before we are facing spring temps and prime planting time for our garden. The sun will come out (sadly NOT tomorrow) and green will begin to appear. Life will blossom and we will begin to grow our food like we never have before.
Our garden will be made possible by 100% non-hybrid, non-GMO seeds from The Ark Institute.
The Ark Institute sent me their 52-Variety Family Seed Package which includes 100% non-hybrid, non-GMO seeds and a book called “Seed Sowing and Seed Saving” to help me get the most out of our seeds.
Here is what is included:
We have started planning our layout and the location in our backyard. We are currently in the indoor starter phase and researching what we need to start indoors NOW, and what can wait until the weather allows us to get our raised beds setup. I can’t wait to get started!
The Ark Institute suggests 4 easy steps to starting to grow your own real food, that I put into a graphic below.
In addition to the book they sent me, I also bought The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! by Carleen Madigan per step 1 above. It is a great book packed with everything we need to grow a backyard garden. We are on a 1/3 of an acre so our backyard is less than 1/4 acre, but the book is still very relevant for a smaller yard as well. I am sure we will refer back to it for years to come. The book covers just about every vegetable from A to Z, and also includes info on fruit trees and berries. For those brave enough to try adding livestock to your homestead, it covers chickens, goats, pigs and more. It also talks about cooking, preserving, brewing and pickling!
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