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And the fact that food keeps getting more fudging expensive, we have decided to transform our 1 acre yard into a food garden. Our planning is extensive. Dh played around with the idea before but I could never manage a garden because of 4 difficult pregnancies and small kid everywhere. In the spring they will be 9,5, 3 and1 so I have a tad more free time. My inlaws and my parents have bitty city property and want space in our yard to grow things. In return they will help us manage it all. So I have divided up the yard. The front yard will be almost entirely a veggie garden. Half will be ours and the other half will be divided between my parents and dh parents.

The entire veggie garden will be surrounded by catmint, lavender and marigolds to deter pests and to look nice. It will be fenced with farm fencing to keep out the chickens. Yes we are also doing chickens! Plymouth rocks and black giants I do beleive. For both eggs and meat :). We will probably also be raising rabbits for meat. Fil did it for years. Rabbits are cute and the kids will love playing with them, plus they are delicious. I have a hard time with my food having a face, but we have to eat. I know they will be treated lovingly and humanly so that's certainly better than the lives the animals led that we buy in the store.

In the garden we are going to grow tomato, beans, peas, carrots, turnips, eggplant, potato, kale, spinach, lettuce, onion, leeks, garlic, peppers, corn, melons, pumpkin, squash. Dh stipulated that they all be heirloom so we can save seeds.



We will also be putting in a grape arbor and a hops arbor. Mommy likes wine and daddy likes beer :). The far side of our property will have blackberries, rasberries and hardy kiwi. Also 2 apple, 2 pear, 1 cherry, and 1 plum tree.

I am doing a seperate perenial garden that will house evergreen bunching onions, aspersgus, strawberries and herbs.

I'm excited!! My brother has a phd in horticulture and will be comming to test our soil all over and help us make everything perfect. Dh wants a goat really bad but I drawl the line there. I don't like them. They have creepy rectangular pupils. It's not right, lol.
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by on Oct. 23, 2012 at 9:15 PM
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chalisa0
by Kim on Oct. 23, 2012 at 9:37 PM

An acre garden?  Is that what you're saying?  An acre garden is too big for one  family.  It will require hours and hours of work every day.  I'm going to assume that's not what you mean.  Even if you are talking something smaller, I hope you know how to can food, and dehydrate food and freeze food.  You're gonna have a ton of it.  LOL.  Do NOT get a goat.  Unless you want to see all your hard work get eaten up.  Goats are huge nuisances.  BUT, it is a great idea anyway (don't mean to rain on your parade.)  Have fun.

pinkjimmies06
by ♥ Jaime ♥ on Oct. 23, 2012 at 9:38 PM
We can't have farm animals in residential property here. But sounds like a plan! Now I'm hungry, we usually get veggies from GMIL/GFIL.
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norahsmommy
by Platinum Member on Oct. 23, 2012 at 9:38 PM
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Am rediculously excited. I am doing a big block of sunflowers for the kids so they can have a 'forest' of flowers to play in. I want to surround it with pretty annuals they can pick.


Quoting randomosityblog:

Officially jealous. :)


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norahsmommy
by Platinum Member on Oct. 23, 2012 at 9:42 PM
Not one acre really. That's the size of our entire property. I divided it into sections. The front yard ( approx 1/2 acre, will be veggie garden. It will be maintained by my inlaws, parents and ourselves. The west side will be fruit trees and bushes, the east side will be herbs and the back hops, grapes on arbors, play area for the kids and chicken coop and run.


Quoting chalisa0:

An acre garden?  Is that what you're saying?  An acre garden is too big for one  family.  It will require hours and hours of work every day.  I'm going to assume that's not what you mean.  Even if you are talking something smaller, I hope you know how to can food, and dehydrate food and freeze food.  You're gonna have a ton of it.  LOL.  Do NOT get a goat.  Unless you want to see all your hard work get eaten up.  Goats are huge nuisances.  BUT, it is a great idea anyway (don't mean to rain on your parade.)  Have fun.


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Ashley_Carlson
by on Oct. 23, 2012 at 9:45 PM

YOU STOLE MY IDEA! Except I'll be raising White Delawares and Black Australorp chickens, and Nubian goats.

norahsmommy
by Platinum Member on Oct. 23, 2012 at 9:48 PM
Yay!!! Someone else to go hippy with me!! My parents love to make fun of us for being 'hippy' and yet they are worse than us. But it's not being hippy, oh no, it being frugal! Lol. Mom taught me to can 2 years ago. We even took a class on it last year to make sure we were being safe.


Quoting Ashley_Carlson:

YOU STOLE MY IDEA! Except I'll be raising White Delawares and Black Australorp chickens, and Nubian goats.


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Ashley_Carlson
by on Oct. 23, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Check out the book Country Living and Know-How. It's a big brown paperback book that I must have read cover to cover 3 times by now.

Quoting norahsmommy:

Yay!!! Someone else to go hippy with me!! My parents love to make fun of us for being 'hippy' and yet they are worse than us. But it's not being hippy, oh no, it being frugal! Lol. Mom taught me to can 2 years ago. We even took a class on it last year to make sure we were being safe.


Quoting Ashley_Carlson:

YOU STOLE MY IDEA! Except I'll be raising White Delawares and Black Australorp chickens, and Nubian goats.



norahsmommy
by Platinum Member on Oct. 23, 2012 at 9:53 PM
Ok,I will! I've been living on backyard chickens.com and gardening sites. I want to get this right.


Quoting Ashley_Carlson:

Check out the book Country Living and Know-How. It's a big brown paperback book that I must have read cover to cover 3 times by now.

Quoting norahsmommy:

Yay!!! Someone else to go hippy with me!! My parents love to make fun of us for being 'hippy' and yet they are worse than us. But it's not being hippy, oh no, it being frugal! Lol. Mom taught me to can 2 years ago. We even took a class on it last year to make sure we were being safe.





Quoting Ashley_Carlson:

YOU STOLE MY IDEA! Except I'll be raising White Delawares and Black Australorp chickens, and Nubian goats.





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Ashley_Carlson
by on Oct. 23, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Oh, do NOT put ANY manure whatsoever on your plants. You greatly increase the risk of an E Coli infection if you use manure. Just use leaves and your kitchen scraps (no meats or fish) to make compost and use that to fertilize your plants. 

Quoting norahsmommy:

Ok,I will! I've been living on backyard chickens.com and gardening sites. I want to get this right.


Quoting Ashley_Carlson:

Check out the book Country Living and Know-How. It's a big brown paperback book that I must have read cover to cover 3 times by now.

Quoting norahsmommy:

Yay!!! Someone else to go hippy with me!! My parents love to make fun of us for being 'hippy' and yet they are worse than us. But it's not being hippy, oh no, it being frugal! Lol. Mom taught me to can 2 years ago. We even took a class on it last year to make sure we were being safe.





Quoting Ashley_Carlson:

YOU STOLE MY IDEA! Except I'll be raising White Delawares and Black Australorp chickens, and Nubian goats.






norahsmommy
by Platinum Member on Oct. 23, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Mil and fil want to do that with their plants. I understood that manure had to age a certain amount of time to prevent things like burning the plants and contaminating food but they disagree. My parents agree with me however so that topic will be interesting.


Quoting Ashley_Carlson:

Oh, do NOT put ANY manure whatsoever on your plants. You greatly increase the risk of an E Coli infection if you use manure. Just use leaves and your kitchen scraps (no meats or fish) to make compost and use that to fertilize your plants. 

Quoting norahsmommy:

Ok,I will! I've been living on backyard chickens.com and gardening sites. I want to get this right.





Quoting Ashley_Carlson:

Check out the book Country Living and Know-How. It's a big brown paperback book that I must have read cover to cover 3 times by now.

Quoting norahsmommy:

Yay!!! Someone else to go hippy with me!! My parents love to make fun of us for being 'hippy' and yet they are worse than us. But it's not being hippy, oh no, it being frugal! Lol. Mom taught me to can 2 years ago. We even took a class on it last year to make sure we were being safe.








Quoting Ashley_Carlson:

YOU STOLE MY IDEA! Except I'll be raising White Delawares and Black Australorp chickens, and Nubian goats.









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