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So today we began tearing up a spot in the backyard to plant a big garden. To begin with, we’re tearing off the top layer of grass to expose the fertile soil directly underneath.
We have decided to stack the strips of sod(we’re cutting them out in semi-uniform shape) into a sod wall that will completely surround the garden to help keep out unwanted pests.
Once we have all the grass up and the soil exposed we’ll turn the soil (by hand with a shovel) and get it ready to distribute our seeds and starts.
Were planning the regular garden staples, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet corn, green beans, cucumbers and some other edibles that we can make good use of (good use being eat them lol).
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We will also be trying some unconventional plants for our area or growing zone. Were centered in the breadbasket of America so we have many options for garden veggies and other edibles.
We planted a smaller garden last year and did well with lots of fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, potatoes, melons and a bunch of other fresh green goodies. We had an overabundance of fresh salsa, homemade tomato sauces, pickles and spices.
This year we intend to have a larger crop, with enough surplus to store and make use of through the winter months. One of the new plants we intend to try this year is sugarcane. We aren’t sure yet how we plan to process the sugar out of the cane but we’re thinking maybe we can boil the inner stalk into a molasses or sweet syrup we can use as our household sweetener.
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The idea of having a garden and the self sustainability it can help to provide is enticing to say the least. Free food, well it’s not free, as many hours will be spent cultivating the crops and harvesting, not to mention processing and making them ready for use(eating). Gardening is a lot of work and a big garden is sure to take a big work effort to ensure its success.
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We’re all set and have already begun. So what about you? What are your thoughts on gardening? Are you putting out one of your own or helping someone else with theirs? Will you enjoy the benefits of your own home grown fruits and vegetables this fall or will you continue to buy them at your local supermarket?
Growing your own will ensure you know exactly what you and your family are eating. It takes some effort but real effort will pay off with edible rewards.
Happy Growing and Eat Fresh, (Not that fake Subway eat fresh) Really Fresh, the old school way.