Year of the Garden. Not just any garden, my husband’s garden. Ha! I didn’t know the man loved his veggies so much! He wanted to be in charge of the layout, planning and execute it his way. So here I am. Going through seed catalogs. Don’t worry, contributing my opinion on seeds isn’t taking over the project. Did you ever know there were so many tomatoes varieties? 20 pages worth in Baker seed catalog!
While going over our goals, wants and plans for 2017 we narrowed down our focus to be getting our hands dirty in the garden, and hatching chicks. Year of the Garden is what we will call it. What a great adventure this will be! We have spent the last 18 months getting settled, adjusting to life with our 3rd child, and learning everything about dairy goats. We feel it will be better to focus on 1 (or 2) new addition to the homestead per a year, rather than spread ourselves out trying to do it all. If we can keep our focus, I know it will benefit us greatly.
Blank Canvas for the Garden
This is the his blank canvas. First things first, he needs to map out his plans. That includes making a list of plants that he wants and choosing where they will go. Then he will terrain the area, which includes tilling the whole area, and then making some areas higher (where the raised beds will go), and other areas lower for more natural tree wells. After that we will get several loads of wood chips to fill the area so they can start the decomposition. Our dirt seriously lacks in organic matter, but we can work with that. He intends to put in a little pond, and plant shade tress along the west side for afternoon sun.
Year of the Garden
This project will take him a while, probably a couple years. No rush, because we are finding joy in the journey. With plenty of research on food forests, he has BIG plans for the plants he is going to grow. He wants to have grapes, bananas, asparagus (did you know that asparagus takes years to produce, it’s not like carrots or onions that grow in a season?), ground cherries, sugar cane, papaya, mulberry, moringa, and pecan trees. He wants to plant MORE fig trees, even though we already have 4, and I plan on adding 4 more to my orchard. Of course he will have sections of raised beds for the typical garden plants like watermelon, garlic, zucchini and tomatoes.
I promise to update with a progress posts and pictures. 2016 was a great year here, and I know 2017 will be fantastic too! What are your goals this year?