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Our Family Garden May Feed A Community

February 4th, 2009 · No Comments

We are planning on having a large garden this year.  Randy has gardened before and I have always had some type of small garden.  This year we are planning a garden big enough to feed our family, both of Randy’s sons and their family and my daughter’s family.  That’s four families from one garden so it really is more of a community garden.

There is also going to be some amount of family involvement.  We will be providing most of the seed and the space but picking is going to have to be a family project.  You want to eat, you have to pick.  They are also going to have to freeze or can whatever they take.  There are some things that you just have to do for yourself.

Randy has always had a traditional garden.  I have always had a square foot or small space garden.  I started out square foot gardening because I only had a small yard.  I also had limited time and equipment for gardening.  The squarefoot garden is low maintenance.  It does not require a lot of cultivating or any plowing.  You can grow enough vegetables for one person in a 4 x 4 foot square.

Square foot garden

Square foot garden

I think that we will probably have both this year.  I have a point to prove to him.  I can do my garden without a tiller or a cultivator.  We are going to need both to take care of his garden.  The following is a picture of my not so square foot salad garden. This just goes to show that you can use just about anything as a container for vegetables.

Not So Square Foot Garden

Not So Square Foot Garden

I am planning the garden now and ordering seed.  My first order will be the perennial herbs and the cool weather vegetables.  My herb garden is going to surround the gold fish ponds in the front yard, a sort of edible landscape.  I am planting basil, thyme, oregano, marjoram, chamomile, and rosemary.

I would imagine that we will probably buy the seed for the larger garden locally as we can buy in more bulk than from most seed companies.  I also have some seed leftover from last year.  It has been stored in zip lock bags and should germinate with no problem thus saving us a little bit.

Stay tuned for more in the battle of the gardens.

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