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: