- On April 20, 2015
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- Community Garden, Gardening/Farming, I can do better later
I have a magnificent view of our future farm:
- the large wooden barn housing heirloom breeds and draught horses
- the tiny houses, cottages, tree houses, sod houses, and other abodes for our B&B visitors,
- the walk-in greenhouse off the kitchen,
- the education programs and community outreach, including a food and cooking class mobile
- the bowers and trellises clad with fruitful vines, with photo ops galore,
- the private lake or riverfront access,
- and so much more.
The one problem with all this (besides figuring out how to pay for it), is that I have no idea what I’m doing. This was made apparent to me when we started planting in our garden plot yesterday. Not only could I not figure out what direction the plot faced without using my smartphone, but my ambitious plans went from square foot gardening a 20×30 foot plot, to randomly placing some rows for potatoes (too late, but I believe in potatoes), onions (too late, and I don’t care if they work or not), and lettuce, kale, and chard. I gave the kids a square in the front to plant as well.
I did find a really cool software to help me plant/do what I’m supposed to do on a schedule, because we all know that I am not going to suddenly develop an innate sense of what 20 different plants want at a given time. Unfortunately, I didn’t find it until the night before we needed to start getting some stuff in the ground, so I didn’t have time to do much besides enter all the different things I’m going to grow.
I’m hoping to be more diligent about squeezing productivity out of the remaining half of the plot. Right now I’m planning on using stakes and rabbit wire to create bowers, where tomatoes, squash, cukes, and any other climbers can live. Underneath them, I’ll plant some things that want/tolerate some shade (like pumpkins!).