Producing our own food is one of our primary goals. We've located the first garden on our property between the greenhouse and barn. We plan to focus on gardening in raised beds, as well as experiment with winter growing and seed saving.
- Constructing Raised Garden Beds
- In preparation for our first vegetable garden we spent several weeks constructing raised garden beds. We designed the raised beds to protect the plants from wind, sun and hail, as well as to extend the growing season. We are making a sets of removable panels to enclose each raised bed that will also offer maximum protection from critters.
- Building a Garden Fence
- We explored several ideas for our garden fence, but settled on a fence construction method that utilized readily available materials and could be installed quickly. Our garden fencing is made from wood fence posts, metal t-posts, large mesh hog wire, chicken wire and barbed wire.
- Cold Frame Design
- This fall we resolved to build cold frames and by October we'd attached them to our raised garden beds to keep our winter vegetable garden growing. We happily report that our cold frame design is performing well, even in the depths of winter.
- Planning Our Garden
- We spent the winter planning our garden and making preparations for spring planting. We've been ordering vegetable seed, starting seedlings, planning perennial zones and learning about companion planting.
- Heirloom Seeds
- We are making a point to primarily plant heirloom vegetables and open pollinated seeds in our garden. Heirloom and open pollinated seeds can be saved and replanted, making them the best choice for a sustainable garden.
- Making Garden Soil
- The ground here is dry, hard and rocky and has little nutrient value. For best gardening results we decided to make our own garden soil from local sand, straw and manure.