I want more food growing on the property. That’s not much to ask, is it?
Here in Mississippi we are already preparing our garden for the 2014 growing season.
The first order of business? Expansion!
Choosing a Garden Size
Last year we chose to make a small garden for several reasons:
- It was our first year growing
- We wanted to try Back to Eden
- We did not have very many wood chips to use as cover
- You should always start small!
This year it is time to spread out and try for bigger and better!
Expanding a Garden
Our original garden patch was rectangular in shape, with the length going from East to West. We have more room to keep expanding on the East side (making the rectangle longer).
However, there is also some room to expand more to the North (making the rectangle longer). One catch – the ground is hilly and has old rotten stumps in the way.
Clearing land for a Garden
Thankfully, we invested in a tractor earlier in the year – so this should be an easy task.
Unfortunately, I need to replace a pin that is used for the lift arm on the 3-point hitch. So, rather than being able to switch out my implements and use a box blade, I am stuck using my front end loader (or putting off this chore for another week!).
I accomplished this by digging into the hills and moving the dirt to other needed areas on the property. I also dragged the bucket while driving in reverse to help spread out dirt and “level” the land as best as my skill would allow.
Planning for Planting
My thoughts right now are that something such as corn or sunflowers will go in this new expansion. But I am not set on that yet.
Either way, I do not plan to turn this new section into a Back to Eden Garden. I still may, but I do not plan to. As mentioned in other Back to Eden posts of ours, we have to make our own wood chips, and that is a lot of wood chips.
That said, something needs to be done to provide a cover against more invasive plants so that my vegetables or fruits will grow well, so who knows what will happen.
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