Saturday, May 30, 2009

I Hoe, I Hoe....creating a garden to feed the people

Well, with dance season over for now (yay!) we are home more and able to dedicate a little more time to getting things accomplished here at KC. We have been working on a garden. Hopefully, over the next couple of years it will evolve into a raised bed sort of garden in order to reduce the amount of time dedicated to weed wars. For this year though, we had to make due with what we have.

What we do have is an abundance of compost and organic fertilizer, soil that retains water, and space. So we set out to begin growing food to eat, to share, and to trade. We wanted to plant a variety of items to prevent frequent trips to the market for that 'one item'. We wanted to plant enough to can, freeze, and give away, but not so much that it would be too much for just us to handle.

It appears that I am having issues with moving my pictures around and my computer time is about to end. I will post more about this amazing garden with some new photos soon.
Here is what we have planted this year:
heirloom tomatoes
cherry tomatoes
grape tomatoes
several varieties of sweet and hot peppers
carrots (orange and purple)
sweet corn
lettuce (these didn't do well)
pole beans
yellow squash
sweet onions
sweet potatoes
various herbs
I think that is about covers it. Oh yeah, we did plant some trees this year as well ~ plum, pear, peach, and fig. Of course, this is a work in progress. Over the next couple of years our list will continue to grow. But for now, we should be able to start on our path to self-sufficiency and be growing our ability to feed people.


egassner said...

Wowzer Natalie! You guys will be busy with that garden! Looks great!

koinonia community said...

Thanks Elizabeth! Wait until you see the updated pics. All that cured cow manure is doing wonders. We even have huge NC! I'm off to make some garlic spray to scare off all the critters.