So, we finally finished up all our Christmas visiting this weekend. It was nice to see Justin’s parents. And of course, we had an amazing meal! His mom is from Puerto Rico and she makes THE BEST food. Absolutely amazing. I’m going to have to get her pork recipe, it was the most tender/delicious thing I have ever eaten and the gravy she made for it was even better.
We finally head to out to look at houses next weekend. We’re both nervous, but after all your help with my last post, we’re feeling more confident. We have also been really examining the properties (from every possible online source, including Google Earth and Street Views) to get a better look and to really think things through. We’ve gone through the properties and talked about what would need to be changed and where everything would go. We’re trying to imagine what our lives would look like in every house. My Dad has also been doing “drive-bys” on some of the properties to see if there are any major problems. Only one house we plan to look at is uninhabited at this point. All the rest have families residing there. I’ve never looked at a house that had people living there, so I’m not really sure how that will go. I’m still going to be ruthless about the houses, I don’t care who lives there.
So, that will eat up our coming weekend. I’m really excited about it.
Other than that, I’ve been re-working the garden plans. I’ve figured out how to keep the garden in a 30×30 space, but I’m changing the setup a little bit. I’ve come to realize that intensive gardening is all fine and dandy, but I don’t know if I can properly harvest food that is grown that close together. Fighting through 4ft of 4inch spaced beans sounds like I’ll miss a lot of them. So I’ve redesigned the garden to be a row garden, but with square-foot gardening planting. I think this will actually increase yield and make it possible for me to pick the food. I’m also starting to figure out our project needs such as trellises and support for the plants. It’s a lot easier to do when I know exactly how big/long each trellis needs to be.
I think I will also be removing the leafy greens from the main garden and putting in a raised bed near the house for them. They will probably be fenced in as well, just because they are so tempting to other creatures.
Serious question, do you think 400 stalks of sweet corn is too much for two people? I’ve seen people who fill two chest freezers with sweet corn every year, so I wasn’t really sure how much to plant. But I do know that 24 stalks per person (like it says in some books) is not enough. We both really like sweet corn, but I could use the garden space for something else if it’s a little over the top.
Anyway, that’s what’s been going on. Next week’s “Sunday on the Homefront” will be about our newly viewed houses! It should be a good one!
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