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Planning An Acreage Garden: A Mixed Annual & Perennial Garden for a Family of Five

| 1/15/2019 10:51:00 AM

Planning An Acreage Garden 

The past 10 years I have had my suburban lot vegetable garden: six 10-sq.-ft raised beds in my backyard: small scale gardening.

After moving to our acreage in rural British Columbia, Canada, I now have a big garden to play in! I can grow corn in big sections, and a large area for trailing squashes and prize-winning pumpkins (okay that’s a bit optimistic). I can grow artichokes and watch their prickly lavender blossoms attract bees and butterflies! The possibilities are limitless.

The question is, what size garden does a family need? There are many things to consider when planning a vegetable patch for a family of five. First, we are just starting our farm and therefore need to focus on high-calorie foods that are easy to grow and are nutritionally dense (to get the ‘best bang for the buck’, or really ‘best bang for our precious time’). Also, my plan is to store a lot of it in our root cellar. That means lots of root vegetables, apples, cabbage, etc. We are not planning on selling any of our harvest at a local market. Too much to take on for our first year! Like Joel Salatin has advised to newbie farmers, “take it slow”.

There are a million and one projects we could spend our time on this upcoming season, but we’ve narrowed it down to:

Electric Fencing (because we have lots of predators and deer here)
A Big Garden (1st have to clear brush, 8 foot tall grass, and small trees)
Improving the House (some basic upgrades to the kitchen and bath)

2/6/2019 2:19:53 PM

Landis, thank you for your kind words! I'm glad you enjoyed my article. Yes, I will do a follow-up article or articles, possibly throughout the growing season. I love to record lessons learned, that is so important with gardening. I think anouther challenge with growing food is finding the time to preserve the harvest, so that is something I hope to master this year as well. Good luck to you with your acreage garden!

2/1/2019 10:01:43 AM

Excellent article. You covered everything I was thinking about. I also plan to use wide rows and build them up over the years. It would be nice to have a follow up article this fall with lessons learned and what you might do differently next year, if anything. Happy gardening to you!

2/1/2019 10:01:42 AM

Excellent article. You covered all the points I was wondering about. I also plan to have wide rows and build them up over time. Please do a follow up article in the fall with lessons learned and what you will do differently next year, if anything. Happy gardening to you!

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