Gardening Goals (6 replies and 1 comment)
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Living in the middle of the desert where water is very scarce prevents any good gardening! We do get fresh produce pretty cheap so that really helps!
We have raised bed gardens made of concrete. They work very well. I compost year round and add that to the gardens in the spring. We have a passive solar greenhouse that we use about 9 months of the year. We also have 3 apple trees, one plum tree, some grape vines, raspberry canes and a strawberry patch. Last year we got over 400 lbs of apples!!! I can and dehydrate as well as make jam. My husband makes wine from some of the apples and grapes - although last year a late frost killed off our grapes 🙁 We love being able to eat our own produce. We know it is organic and healthy. We live in zone 3 here in British Columbia.
I just started my orchard last October too. We have had our small farm about 15months now. I planted two apple,two pear,two peach and a fig I bought in the spring that has tripled in size already. I had to buy three bushes of apples from Luray Va. last year for my pies,applesauce and jelly. So hopefully they will start producing in a few years for us. I already had blueberries, blackberries and raspberries and Goji berries I dug up from the place we sold. They survived just fine and took right off again. I added over 50 all season strawberries that did great. I'm hoping my chicken dropppings will add some much needed fertilizer to the mix!
My goals for this year is to get my garden plans from paper into dirt. We have an Asian pear orchard that I need to figure out how to tend properly. I'm hoping I can throw some spring greens and peas under the trees, since they'll be long gone in time to harvest the pears. I have a kitchen garden planned and I'm hoping to get the big stuff: blueberry bushes and a peach tree planted. Plus I need to mulch and add borders around both of those to make it easier to cut around with the lawn mower. And then there is the corn & potato "field". Currently it's 20'x20', but I'm hoping to double it and actually get some produce out of it this year. We have a turkey shed with deep litter, so I'm hoping that spreading that stuff around come spring will start to improve our hard packed clay soil.
Waiting until closer to spring before I finalize what I will plant. I want to inventory my canned goods then and see what I am running low on. Tomatoes will be planted for sure. I want to try my hand at growing rutabagas in straw bales. Someplace on the farm I want a plot for the Three Sisters (corn, pole beans and pumpkin) That is as far as my planning has gotten.
We're on a small property and have three ducks free ranging the yard. Planning to do my normal garden, some raised beds my husband built that have a trellis (thinking cucumbers in those), then I want to add some raised beds along the privacy fence for some stuff that grows on a trellis. Maybe beans.
Also I need to setup the drip system that I bought last year.
But we'll see. Will be 6 months pregnant this summer so I'm not sure what I'll have the energy for.
I just purchased two of these really neat 4x4 galvanized raised bed garden beds that also came with two smaller ones that will go on either side. They will change to a beautiful rust patina in time. I used containers last year but I either overwatered or underwatered. Hubby is building a nice brick base so that it will end up being around 2 1/2' off the ground. With a very bad back and two knee replacements this hopefully will help me a little.
I just ordered a ton of seeds from seeds now. They are suppose to be true heirloom GMO free seeds. I just started setting up my growing lights and tables in my back room in the garage.
Im all excited! I ordered enough to do a few plants each and the beans and creaping stuff will go out back near the orchard. The rest of the seeds will go in the freezer for next year. I call it my seed bank! I have an entire shelf just for my seeds.