Since I’m so excited about the garden, I thought I would share my plans with you and share the first look at our soon-to-be house!
This is an aerial shot of the house and the property. It’s roughly 400′ x 300′, about 2.8 acres. It’s plenty big enough for anything we need, that’s for sure!
As you can see, 50ft past the house the landscape is completely overgrown. Fortunately it’s just grass, no trees as of yet. The bad news is, because there are no trees, it’s totally open to the HUGE monoculture field behind it. That means if they spray anything or disc, all the dust will go right to our house.That’s one of the first things on my list to fix. As you can see, I have “Plant Trees” marked on the north side of the property. It’s going to take some serious cash to get trees in there, but I think it will be worth it. It should create a windbreak and separate us from the farm. If you didn’t notice, there are only like eight trees on the whole property. At this point, we may leave the grass to grow until we can afford a lawn mower…
Anyway, then I have the garden placed. It looks small, but it’s actually 30′ x 42′. The five circles on the east end are the bean teepees. Then there are four raised beds on the west side, a raspberry cane patch, the fire pit and the sunflower hut. We will also be installing a line for drying clothing (on the west side of the house) and then I’m thinking the fruit trees will go just beyond that. Now that I think about it, I might put the clothesline somewhere else….I don’t want a bunch of bees in my clothing. Future bee boxes will probably go in the orchard itself, or near it.
I’m trying to design the place with permaculture zones in mind. Basically, I want to keep what we use most often near the house and things we don’t use that often, further from it. I’ll play around a bit more. The only REALLY permanent thing is the orchard, so I will have to decide on that one for good.
Here’s a quick sketch of what the garden will look like and the plants going into it. Lot’s and lot’s of plants. It’s going to be a lot of work, but I think I can make it happen! I will probably put something down in between the rows for mulch, I’m just not sure what to use yet. I’m thinking grass might be easiest since we’ll have so much of it. We’ll just need a lawn mower with a catch bag or a couple rakes I suppose.
Well, there’s the first look at the house and what I plan to do with it. That’s just the first/second years worth of plans. After that I might even expand it so we have chickens and make our own grain or something! It could be a lot of fun!
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