Well, today I had an “oh shit” moment (pardon), and thought to myself “We’ll have to get a place with more land, there’s NO WAY we can do all we want to on just an acre!”.
Once again, I have underestimated how big 43,560sqft really is. It’s roughly 209ft square. If that doesn’t picture it for you, it’s roughly 2/3’s a football field wide and tall.
I revisited some of my homesteading books I’ve been collecting and realized that most of them only show plans for up to a half acre. If you can be completely self-sufficient on a quarter acre, I really have no qualms with having a whole acre. A city lot with a house on it would be able to have our garden, so an acre should be able to accommodate our garden, a small orchard, bees, a soft fruit patch, and chickens with no problems. I might even be able to expand beyond that. As much as I would love to have 10 acres, it’s really not right for us just yet. I think if I had that amount of land, I would get in way over my head very quickly.
So, with that short burst of second-guessing aside, I’ll return my efforts to planning the garden. I’ve been struggling to do it because of all this new found knowledge about gardening. I want to plant so we can eat, but I also want to plant to harvest seeds for next year. With those thoughts in mind, coupled with crop rotations, I’m struggling to keep it all straight. What’s got me worried most is cross pollination and the possible loss of those plants and time. I don’t want to plant a bunch of cross pollinated seeds and end up with a bad crop the next year. That’s wasted time, effort, and space.
If any of you here know about open-pollinated plants, am I really going to have a huge problem with cross pollination? Or is a little crossing a good thing?
Other than that, we’ve just been playing it cool. Trying to survive the cold weather here in Michigan. Yesterday was a windchill of -25F. I don’t know about you, but that’s flippin cold. Froze my butt off on my way to class. This may seem weird, but I almost don’t enjoy winter if there isn’t a little survival thrown in. I loved last winter because of the crazy cold temps, it was like a real adventure when you went outside. Yep, I’m probably strange.
Oh! My seed starting trays came today. I got two 72 cell trays with dome lids. It was actually cheaper than buying paper cups. I also found out that most paper cups have a plastic lining that doesn’t compost. I really didn’t want to drop $25 on 100 eco-friendly cups…I just don’t have the money for it.
Well, that’s all for now!
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