This year we went all out, tearing both the front yard and side yard out, so we could put in a “Food Forest” permaculture style. Daniel and I are big on reading (books & Internet), watching youtubes, and then just jumping in feet first. It has always served us well, and we get things done. Things don’t always turn out perfect, but we learn, and that’s the whole point!
Permaculture gardens are a little labor intensive at first. We had to dig the trenches on countor to the way the land lays. Our goal was to collect as much water naturally within the man made swells. We planted heavy and close together, with lots of mulch. We also used the chop and drop method. When plants are done producing, we chop and drop and it becomes instant mulch. Once the initial work was done, it has been the lowest maintenance garden we have ever had. We had hardly any weeds, didn’t have to water as much, and it really flourished.
This year’s garden feeds us and then some. I really can’t wait until next year, I’m planning on adding more plants and perennials.
We will put the garden to bed for the winter with either a heavy straw or wood chip mulch. I have had success with both methods. Depends on what I can get my hands on.
I made my sauerkraut this year with cabbage from the garden.
Heirloom Tomatoes, they make me swoon.
My big boys, they are almost six feet tall this year, can you guess how tall my sunflowers are?
Our corn was super tall this year, as well.
This is a picture heavy post. I can’t help it, I love pictures of fresh garden produce, green plants, and dirt!
I have had this desire to grow cantaloupe and watermelon as long as I can remember, but our climate is a little on the cold side. We have hot days, but the night can dip too low for growing these gems. I decided this year would be different, I would hunt out some heirloom cold climate melon seeds and just do it! I figured why not? I sure am glad I tried 🙂 These mini versions were full of flavor and I now want to grow an entire field!
We ate so much good food, all Spring and Summer long.
Think big next year, start planning NOW! Dig that old yard up, and grow food. It’s so much fun, but trust me, it gets addictive.
I’ve been looking into and studying permaculture for the last few years, mostly through books at my local library and Youtubes online. I found these videos by Geoff Lawton, when I went over to Kickstarter to support Justin Rhode’s film Permaculture Chickens. I’m a very visual learner, and after watching many of his amazing videos, I started getting this whole permaculture thing. You know what, I’m really excited!
I know how to grow food, but this takes food growing to a whole new level. One word… Sustainability.
I hope you enjoy these videos as much as I did, and spread this amazing work.
Check out this amazing video on KICKSTARTER. What really touched me was that so many people don’t always have grandparents, or a family farm to teach them the lost arts of homesteading. That’s why videos like this are so crucial to preserving and teaching forgotten skills.
On Heirloom Poppy Seeds…. Thought I should post this as a springtime reminder… To plant new herbs, seeds, and spices in your garden. A couple of years ago my daughter bought some poppy seeds, fromBaker Creek Heirloom Seed Company. This heirloom variety is edible; it’s lovely flowers producing seeds which we frequently use in baked goods. There is something so satisfying about growing your food, and even the smallest thing like these Heirloom Poppy Seeds are a joy to grow and harvest.
All we did to harvest the seeds was to let them dry on the stalks. Keep an eye on them, and when dry (like the picture below) cut stalks carefully and place upside down in a bowl. They have little openings on top like a salt shaker, and you gently shake into a bowl.
It was super easy and gratifying to have our own harvested poppy seeds. We collected more that summer, and just this month two years later we ran out of our seeds. Time to plant some more.
Heirloom Poppy Seeds on our Challah Bread. Isn’t it beautiful? If you’re wondering how we make those beautiful loaves of bread, click here for our Challah Bread recipe and tutorial! I use Heirloom Poppy Seeds in muffins, bread and whatever else I like with Poppy Seeds.
You may think, why go to all the fuss when Poppy Seeds are cheap? I like to know where my food comes from. Even though we don’t grow every bit, I’m thrilled to be doing something the Forgotten Way. We dry a lot of our herbs and such, and I always feel they taste better and are higher quality than store bought. So, buy some seeds you’ve never planted before, harvest it, and feel empowered with a new feeling that you did it with your own two hands.
Do you plant herbs, seeds or spices for your own table? If so, do tell! We all love the inspiration.