- We have a large organic garden. (probably more than 1/10 of an acre but I need to work harder to get the type of yields that he does!)
- We have a strawberry patch (but my goal is to keep the chipmunks out of them this year!)
- We have planted apple trees (4 are currently living-I think!) , blueberry bushes and lingonberry shrubs. We are waiting for them to get big enough to produce.
- I have planted various herbs for flavoring and medicinal use. My big job here is to actually remember to use them.
- We have been learning how to eat wild foods from our little woods, yard and garden and we enjoy that.
- We have a compost pile that really works quite well!
- We have a rabbit that is compiling some nice rich organic material to help our plants grow better this year.
- I have a lot of flowers planted that help attract good pollinators.
- I raise my own seedlings inside in the spring to plant in my garden.
- I save some seeds.
- I grow sprouts and some inside herbs and plants for winter use.
And here is some things that I really hope to do:
- Raise bees (not only would this provide honey but it should help the plant production with good pollination.)
- Plant a Raspberry patch. (We now have a spot figured out and we can get starts free from my parents, so I just need to get it done!)
- Build a greenhouse. I think this would be so neat to have to be able to grow things year round.
- Haul a lot more manure from my parents farm to put in our soil. Our soil was not in very good shape when we first broke in the garden 3 years ago (right after we moved, this is my 4th garden to start from scratch in our married life - that is if you count my little tiny one at our first apartment. I hope this is close to our last one!) A lot of Manure would really help the soil out!
- Learn how to grow more things inside in the winter.
- We are thinking about buying a banana and orange tree for growing inside and also want to start a pineapple plant. I am not to sure that we will have good success in providing fresh fruit but we think it will be fun to try!
- Add more fruit and nut trees to our yard.
- Be even more diligent in using everything that we do have.
How about you? Do you enjoy "living off the land"? What do you do to accomplish that?
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