If this works out well, this will be a full years worth of weekly-monthly updates of posts on gardening on a larger scale from the ground up. I know that like many other folks we are worrying about the rising costs of everything related to food, food for ourselves, food for our critters as well.. As homesteaders, it’s not just us that need to be feed on the farm..
One of the other things I have seen often on other blogs is that first push of breaking a garden on a new homestead, starting with raw land so to speak.. now very few are starting with true raw land in the form of forest or prairie grass, and if you are, those both needed work done their own way..
But most folks are starting with land, or front yard space, a wild but disturbed land, raw land in many ways when it comes to gardening..
That is what we are going to be working with here.. I have looked at all our other garden areas and plans and while I can in-fill and I can do a number of extra planting. and I can increase our square footage by adding in vertical climbing space and also increase planting space by planting sides on mounds and hugelbeds
But in the end, it became plain to me that I just needed more garden to do what I wanted to do, and that lead to the question, where is that land going to come from.. hmm.. the answer surprised me.. I have decided to pull back the fence on a little corner of my pasture and turn it into more garden space.
So while I have not measured it, going by fence posts and doing approx math until I get out with a measuring tool, its going to be labeled at 60 feet wide by 90 feet long, or approx 5400 square feet.
Not nearly big enough of a garden for homestead, but more than big enough to bite off on your first year and chew, chew, and chew trying to get it to produce well for you.
As I have done on other years, when it come to the push and gardens, hubby will take his week off in the spring and I will get a bit of extra hands help, same with this project, I will be getting a garden helper on some of it.. this will be a very good thing for the blog readers and for myself. It’s a grand thing to see it happen from fresh eyes.
Its full sun so that is great zone 5 its far away from anything that can be used to collect water, that is bad, even in order to start seedlings, we will need to haul water to it.. I can run hoses to the very edge and put 55 gallon drums there for spring use but its will be dry in the summer pretty much.. Currently in a mix of typical pasture seeded mix for sheep-goats.
there is some natural poo’s in the land, sheep, goat, horse and some fowl, mainly geese but some chicken.. still not nearly enough for our garden needs.
The question is what to grow in it.. and that is still up in the air, I am torn between growing what I want to grow in it as extra’s that work with the rest of all the other gardens or growing it with the basics that are needed for the homestead. I expect I will meet in the middle.
After all, I have read enough blogs to know that I what I consider to be a staple is not what others will grow.
So the first thing we need to do is track wind pattern, and snow melt and drainage on it, I know a fair bit on it already but we will assume I know nothing, and we will need to do a some soil tests on it as well.
Having said that, I will come out and say, that while the soil tests will give us some information, the truth is, I will treat it like I do all my gardens, lacking and needing soil to be made!
So any of you breaking in new land this year? Want to compare notes? Do you think I just HAVE to grow something in this raw new land that you want info on how I would do it? Speak up and I will do my best to add it to the grow list, even if you only get a few of them 🙂