Given that we're actually starting to take baby steps towards homeownership, I decided that I should actually write down some of my thoughts and the things I want to do once I have land to do them on. Some of these are realistic, while others are pipedreams or things that will take a couple of decades to pay off.
- As soon as possible after we move in, I want to build a dozen raised garden beds. I think 1 yard by 2 yards will be the optimum size for me, but I still need to figure out how high to make them. I'll start planting in one or two of them right away if it's the right time of year, and the rest I'll fill with scrap wood, brush, and soil for the hugelkultur
method. I figure I'll add one or two beds to cultivation each year until I reach as many as I can handle.
- In the first round of planting I'm going with onions, garlic, green peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, and maybe potatoes and hot peppers. Not sure what I'll add to later rounds.
- Stay organic. What's the point of growing my own food if it isn't going to be any better than what I can get at the store?
- Use local heirloom varieties whenever I can find them. Again, what's the point of growing my own food if it's no better than from the store or if it's not well suited to local conditions?
- I'd like to end up with 6 apple trees, 3 tart (pie) cherry trees, 3 sweet cherry trees, an edible crabapple tree, and a pear tree. This may take a few years.
- A strawberry bed.
- A grapevine.
- A raspberry/blackberry patch.
- I hate lawns that are cut so close to the ground that they look shaved. I like grass that's long enough to move when the wind blows.
- I'm also not fond of lawns that are solid blocks of green. I like multiple shades of green, and even some color.
- I'd like to make a mix of native grass seed, violet seeds
, and a few fragrent herbs, and use that to fill in any bare patches on the lawn. I'd have no objection if the entire lawn ended up being things that smell lovely.
- A few chickens
- I'd like to grow the majority of the vegetables we eat, using saved seeds as much as I can
- a peach tree or two. I know it will take more effort than the other trees I have listed.
- a fruit salad tree
, but only if I do the grafting myself.
- a patio and fire-pit that are comfortable for large groups
- interesting sculpture in out of the way corners
- a milk goat
- a rose garden. All varieties choosen for 1)their hardiness, 2)how well suited their blossoms and hips are for making food or cosmetics, and 3)how fragrant they are. I also have a yard and garden board over on pinterest.
This list will get edited and added to, and the individual items will get changed and expanded upon. Some things might even get deleted.