From the dirt to our plate; the trials and realities of first-time farm ownership

Northern Climate Raised Bed Gardening 2014

 

Admittedly, I’ve been very lazy about posting lately. What can I say? The weather is starting to transition into something nice and I’d much rather be outside!Year 1 Container Garden

Even with the snow having disappeared, North Dakota is still too cool outside to plant my complete garden. However, with the help of my hoop houses I have radishes, lettuce, onions popping up all over the place. Potato and tomato beds have been prepped, the asparagus is showing some life and raspberries are preparing to go crazy. My work is just beginning and I couldn’t be more excited.

This past fall, I turned soil with the summer’s worth of kitchen compost along with bits of straw, grass and leaf material. Peat and vermiculite were added to the garden boxes showing signs of being overly compacted. For spring there isn’t much for me to do but test the soil and add a bit more of the good stuff to boxes still not up to snuff. I’m ready!

Bounty

If all goes well and the weather cooperates, I should be in full-on-garden-mode soon. With very little space, I believe anyone can learn to provide fresh edible foods for their family. I hope to document everything along the way so I hope you’ll all stay tuned to share in the joys and sometimes the failures of trying to put food (and dirt) on my plate.

Bounty 2

 

Expect some posts about growing, storing and utilizing some of the following:

  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Lettuce
  • Okra
  • Green Beans
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Ground Cherries
  • Various Squash
  • Carrots
  • Peppers
  • Melons
  • Various Herbs
  • Rhubarb
  • Raspberries
  • Apples
  • Plums
  • Asparagus
  • Asparagus Peas – this one is new to me too
  • Dandelions – yes, you read me right!
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