Spring Has Sprung…..Breaking Ground for a Big Garden

We should all grow food.
We should all grow food.

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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.

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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).

Choose veggies according to your grow zone for best results
Choose veggies according to your grow zone for best results

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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.

Throw some tomatoes, onions, peppers and a little spice into a food processor and Bam..Salsa
Throw some tomatoes, onions, peppers and a little spice into a food processor and Bam..Salsa

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.

We want to try sugar cane but not yet sure how we will process for use.
We want to try sugar cane but not yet sure how we will process for use.

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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?

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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.

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2 thoughts on “Spring Has Sprung…..Breaking Ground for a Big Garden

  1. Are you tackling your own garden , the idea of making the wall around your garden with the sods removed from garden sounds good , I would love to see pics of this , I have a large area at the back of my house that needs clearing and the idea to do as you suggest sounds interesting hope you can posts some pics soon. also do you know anything about sourcing plants economically perhaps cuttings etc great ideas here will be checking your posts for new ideas. HAPPY DAYS KATHY.

    1. There is a much better market now for cuttings and organic seeds than in past years. People are becoming more aware of the potential poisons and health issues related to food processing and corporate manipulation in our food supply for profit. I have a good number of posts planned related to gardening and I intend to try to roll them out according to the season. I’m still looking into some new and interesting things to add to my page will consider your interest for a future post. Thanks for stopping by sharing your thoughts 😊

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