our first tomato harvest, 2002
small farm, spring 2008
Friends, this year we are planning a garden. Ever since we started growing organic vegetables eleven (!) years ago, each year we have grown more and more, larger and larger sized plots, until we had truly reached small farm scale. We grew an acre of beans, we grew a half acre Three Sisters Field. We learned to use a draft horse, we used tractors, we built a hoophouse. We grew a lot of food, and learned a tremendous amount.
But in truth, when you already run an artisan bakery/cafe, and a grain CSA, and you have two small children, sometimes you just want a garden. I want our garden back (we both do actually), so that is what we’re planning this year. Our first mission, before we plant a single seed, is to clean up around the farm. A lot of debris has accumulated – from building fences, from cleaning out the trash-filled basement (our house’s previous owner left us a lot of trash in every part of this property), from projects like knocking down walls. Both of us are sick of looking at the front yard’s junk pile, so we promised ourselves that we had to clean up before we planted.
Now that March is here, and the trash removal has begun, I’m starting to dream of the garden. Just some favorite veggies, in short, tidy rows. Surely by the end (or even middle) of the summer they will be filled with weeds, and I’ll certainly be ready for a break come October. But in the meantime, little homestead garden, I can’t wait to see you again.
What are you dreaming of in the garden?