Wednesday, June 23, 2010

This Year's Experiment

I wanted to see just how much food we could grow on our lot.  We live on less them 1/8th of an acre and our house takes up a good part of the lot. But even though it's small with some thinking we have managed to fit 4 chickens, 4 semi dwarf fruit trees, 5 types of berries and a whole lot of veggies. Not to leave out many herbs, flowers and a place for my two kidos to play. I'm here to encourage you, even if all you have is a patio, balcany or a small space by your front door there is a way to provide some healthy, fresh and organic produce for yourself and family. Even if its just herbs on your counter or by your front door.

When I was trying to decide what and how much to grow I asked myself some questions:
What do we eat the most?
What do we eat the most of out of the dirty dozen?
What do I want to can and preserve?
Do I really want try cucumbers again? (I have the worst luck with them)

After all those questions were answered I sat down and researched things like:
How many tomato pants I need to grow in order to make salsa, tomato soup, tomato sauce to last until next harvest?
What kind of tomato's are best for these types of recipes?
This is just an example of the research I did on each veggie I wanted to grow. In my mind that is the only good thing about winter it gives me time to figure out what new thing to try in my garden in the spring.

Next I figured out just how much space I had by measuring my spaces and making and drawing a plan of each spot. I used the square foot gardening book to figure out how much space each veggie needed.
In my next post I will show you some pictures of what we did with our small city lot.

You can find a list of what I'm planting and some pictures of our garden here.


  1. I just found your blog and I am so glad that I did! I live on about the same size lot as you and planted my first garden this year. I have learned alot and know what to change for next year. I have planted 2 peach trees, an apple tree and a pear tree, raspberries and blueberries. There is so much more I want to plant as well as bring in some chickens. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. I do the same thing! I have been working on my gardens for 3 years now and each year I find more space and more things to put into my garden. Good luck with everything. I would love to here any tips you have found working in your garden.