One Acre Garden - Getting Started
I farm a pasture where the boulders lie
As touching as a basketful of eggs....
- Robert Frost (1874–1963), U.S. poet. “Of the Stones of the Place.”
I've lost my mind! Out at the Garden Home Retreat we've embarked on a rather large endeavor this spring. I'm afraid my appetite was a little bigger than my stomach because what started as a 20-foot by 20-foot vegetable plot has turned into an acre. I tend to push everything to the limit and this “little” vegetable garden is no exception.
My intention with the garden to is to expand my experience about growing vegetables, fruits, herbs and brambles and then pass what I learn on to you. These Lessons from the One Acre Garden will apply whether you have a large plot or just a container on a patio.
We are also going to section off a small area and track the amount of harvested produce so that by the end of summer we can weigh the costs of a typical vegetable garden against the savings of growing our own food.
The first question that people ask when I tell them about the One Acre Garden is, “What are you going to do with all those vegetables?” Well, we've just broken ground so there is time to plan, but my hope is to give fresh produce to a local charity as well as do some horse trading with a few restaurants in town.
Below are some photos of getting the ground prepared for planting.