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Building Up a Sustainable Garden, a Little at a Time

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on August 2, 2008


My main goal in gardening is to be able to provide what produce is needed to last us from one year to the next. I have only had small gardens, so this will be a bit of a challenge for me. I have enjoyed gardening since my daughters’ were young, so I believe that I am up for the challenge.

I have a very small lot, though. And I rent. It houses a trailer and a shed, so I am not left with a lot of sunny space. I must determine what will grow in the shade, what will grow in partial shade, and what needs full sun. I also must decide what is most important to grow.

I have a fairly small garden this year (check out the My Garden page), but plan to expand it next year. While I want to be able able to eat fresh produce in season, I also want to preserve as much as I can. I can freeze, but only have the freezer above the refrigerator. I also would like to learn to dry and can foods.

So, my plan is to add new beds and container gardens each year. So, I will not have a lot of produce for preservation the first two or three years, but I will there after.

I do plan to mostly go the container garden route. It does make life easier, what with the lack of weeds. Also, I can plant pretty compactly this way. And containers will be able to be moved when I do get my actual homestead. Beds cannot be moved in the middle of a growing season. I could take the frames, but would have to leave behind all of the wonderful produce.

Oh, and I do know how to dry herbs, which will also prove to be a good set of crops for my family – small crops, but very useful. I grow these in pots as well. The only thing that is planted in the ground for herbs are is the chives, and they can be easily moved to a new location.

Each year, as I expand my garden a little more, I will be learning to preserve what I am growing. It will be a good experience for me, and I will know what to do when I move onto an actual homestead later on. I will also have all (or most) of the supplies needed to accomplish the food preservation tasks.

Shannon

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