my garden beds, a team effort between Dan and me
Okay, full disclosure: My home is definitely not a farm as you would traditionally think of one (although I have nicknamed it The Homestead). It’s really only vaguely country-fied in the sense that I have my little garden going on in the backyard and the house came with a cute clothesline. As you can see, I’ve started with a pretty small garden: two beds, eight kinds of vegetables. I have some books and resources, but I’m also learning as I go and occasionally just winging it, so small was the best way to start for me. However, everything is doing quite well to varying degrees so far, so I’m confident that I’ll be able to expand next year. Still, it’s not the several acres I imagine having someday, with apple trees and berry bushes and three or four different farm animals (plus barn cats, of course). Instead, it’s less than an acre, with a few foods growing out back and an indoor cat who runs away when you open the front door. It’s my mini farm, at most.
pea plants, which are doing wonderfully / a new box Dan recently built for herbs from the farmer’s market–with only basil for now
To give myself a bit of credit, I do what I can right now without trying to get too deep in anything, and I like to think this is just a step in achieving my dream goal of that several acres someday. Even just next year we’ll hopefully expand a little, if not in space then in what we have and produce. We’re already planning on adding at least two more garden beds, as well as thinking of the best way to bring in chickens–where to house them, mostly. (I think we’re allowed up to five according to the town laws.) I’d also like to work on getting bees, but that might be too ambitious for next year. That might mean it’s a goal for 2016, that’s all.
tomato plants, another group that’s doing well
my little clothesline that came with the house
There’s also so much I still want to learn. I’ll need to figure out how to collect seeds from everything I’ve planted this year to save myself from having to buy new ones next year. I want to learn how to start preserving and canning, and we have the perfect spot in the basement for storage. I just want all the plants and I want all the knowledge–but I know it’s going to be a while before I get those things.
It’s just this dream that keeps growing with each bit of it I achieve.