One of my favorite activities is to go to an open house. I especially love to hit a craftsman bungalow that’s similar in size to my own house and see how they laid it out. The first house I have to show you was almost like mine except the stairs to the basement weee at …
Let’s just spare you the long introduction of all the things I did with the garden last year. And I’ll get right to it, why the food wasn’t as abundant as I had hoped it would be.
(You can find some of the videos of the garden here, at my YouTube channel)
1. Big trees grow lots of leaves.
I should have thought about this when I planted all of the sun loving plants. Because when I planted in the spring, the mature black walnut tree didn’t have as many leaves. As June and the summer solstice approached, the leaves filled out on the tree and my great start on the plants left me with low producers (that were closest to the trunk of the tree).
It’s a sad and devastating day when a parent learns that a dream they had for their child won’t be coming to fruition. In January of 2017 I signed both of my children up for the lottery for our local Montessori school. I was beyond disbelief and full of excitement when I learned in April …
When you move in to a 90 year old house, you’ll love the character and the quirks. And when you love the quirks, you’ll start to notice that some quirks need to be upgraded. So you’ll pick something that needs the most attention; and that thing will be the laundry room floor that seems to …
Welcome back! It’s time for part 3 in my 3-part series of how to grow your own food, how to grow organic food and feed your family on your own mini backyard farm. You can read post 1 and post 2 by clicking the links. Let’s recap the 8 steps to growing biointensively: Deep soil …
*this post contains an affiliate link. Welcome to the week-long blog series to grow more food in your mini homestead garden through bio intensive methods. In yesterday’s post I discussed the first two parts, let’s discuss the next three. As a refresher, here are the parts to growing with this method: Deep soil preparation, Feed …
…and ere long the most valuable of all arts, will be the art of deriving a comfortable subsistence from the smallest area of soil. No community whose every member possesses this art, can ever be the victim of oppression of any of its forms.
Abraham Lincoln made that statement as part of his speech before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society in September, 1859. In that speech he encouraged farmers to farm in smaller spaces. That the labor of farming would be lessened if they grew their wheat from five acres, down to one acre. But my biggest take away from that speech was that every member of this nation should be able to derive “a comfortable subsistence” from their own postage stamp on this planet. That we should all be growing and/or raising food for ourselves. But, who has the space and the time for all that?
My opinion? Bio Intensive Mini Farming is the answer to get the most food out of your garden.
Maybe you’ve recently had kids and realize you want some better quality edibles for them. You’ve decided to make your own baby food and organic sounds like something you’d want to try. Or, you’re interested in changing your diet, maybe lose some weight, but definitely get healthier. You’ve decided to eat real, whole, foods.
At my weekly Al-Anon rallies we recite the Serenity Prayer at the beginning and end of each hour. The prayer reminds me that I must not waste energy on things I cannot control; and that I can direct my energy towards something more positive. Something that I can create, and grow, and nurture
I call it a rally because we support each other in a purpose. Rally, defined, means a group of people gathered together for a common cause or a target issue. In this case, our target is alcohol and how it’s made our lives unmanageable. (more…)
Note: This post is image heavy.
Growing food, in a sense, is supposed to be simple and easy. For me, it’s my chance to be in the dirt and to get centered. It’s my escape from the chaos of parenting two high needs kids (even if they’re in the garden helping me) and working in the public sector. And, for the most part, gardening IS simple and easy, but it can take a while to see results. One change from year-to-year will take, well, a whole year, to know if the change I made was effective or not.
And so I started 2017 with a goal to feed our family of four 25%, from our own minifarm, of the produce we eat by the end of 2018. We turned half of the backyard into a space for food production with about 580 square feet.
I dug paths and flipped sod over to create frameless raised beds. I sowed seeds and transplanted seedlings. I watched my young peach and cherry trees blossom and hoped that the tomatoes would grow tall enough before the walnut tree that hovered over the garden fully leafed out and shaded out the midday sun.
Here’s a detailed account of the HPF minifarm so far, for 2017: