Here’s a short 26 second video of the future garden site.
As you can see, it’s not an ideal location but it’ll work. For the first time I’ll be using the Food4Wealth gardening system. It was developed by Jonathon White, an ecologist, horticulturist, and self described ecological gardener. Jonathon came up with this system as a way to mimic nature when gardening. He believes (and I agree) that this method is better for the environment than traditional home gardening methods. It’s organic of course, but goes beyond that in order to produce higher yields of fruit and vegetables while actually improving the soil. He’s discovered that his method actually requires less work than the normal garden, and estimates that he spends less than eight hours per year (!) maintaining his raised beds. Imagine that! Think about what we could do to help the environment, save money on grocery bills, and feed the needy with a garden that only requires a day’s work over the course of an entire year.
I prefer raised bed gardening in general, but the Food4Wealth system takes the notion of raised beds quite a few steps higher. Over the next growing season I’ll document my results using this new method.
What to Plant?
Tomatoes, predictably. I’ve got several different varieties of heirloom tomato seeds that I’m dying to put in the ground, and I like the idea of growing heirlooms whenever possible. So many of the heirloom vegetables are too tender to withstand shipping, so the only way to experience their flavor is to grow them yourself or to know someone who has an heirloom garden of their own.
Other heirloom varietals I’ll be planting, if available, include lettuce, cucumbers, peas, beans, watermelon (have you seen the Moon and Stars melon? Beautiful!), carrots, horseradish, potatoes, chives, onions, and garlic. As much as I personally detest okra, my wife loves it, so I’ll be planting that as well.
Strawberries and blackberries will probably make an appearance, and although I’ve not really tried to grow them before, I’d like to give blueberries a shot. We’ll also designate one of the raised beds as an herb garden.
One of the things that I enjoy most about gardening is the planning stage. Pouring over seed catalogs when it’s cold outside and the world is painted in browns and gray, anticipating the first few signs of spring.