Favorite Gardening Methods
Square foot garden didn't work for me either when we tried it. But it does work for my daughter and her family. They are crazy busy and one small square foot bed keeps them in fresh veggies all summer and they are happy with that. I've tried so many methods and combining a couple is what is working for us, I got all the books for the Secret Garden of Survival by Rick Austin that I really liked his idea. We actually had some berms put in and we wanted trees between us and the road so we put in trees from the state nursery along with fruit trees mixed in about 500 total. About 300 trees made it through these first two years. I took 12 trees this year and double digged around them and planted my garden there. It has worked pretty well for most stuff. Corn didn't do and the rabbits loved the green beans. But everything else is thriving. I even have oats coming up pretty good. I will double dig around these same trees this Fall and in the spring I will plant berries near the trees and plant garden on the outside edges. I am doing the trees nearest the house realizing in the future I may not want to venture to far out or might not be able to. I've had to water very little so far. My old raised bed garden is totally dried up and mostly dead. I had put cucumbers, melons and squash out there. One water melon and one squash is alive but under stress so I watered them today in hopes they will revive. I am thinking I should start double digging out in my old orchard and next year plant the vining plants out there and let them grow up into the trees. I am at that age where I want garden but I can't really take care of it any more. These little gardens around the trees has been wonderful. After the initial hard work, I can leave it alone after a few good waterings. I can't wait for my trees to get big. I guess we never planted trees before because our neighbor hayed it and we had forest on the other side of our lake. Now the neighbor is gone and we sold most of the farm off and just have this 12 acres left, no trees except the orchard. Really want some privacy now that we are retired and just sitting here. Need to get the dock moved and re-anchored but this year we are building a house for our son's who moved back home to help take care of us and the property. Good luck finding a gardening system that works for you! I tried to add a picture of one of my little gardens but I am not cleaver enough to do so. I have several pictures in my journal entries if you want to see them.
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