Farm Wars Outdoor Garden 2011
With the last cabbage processed, this season’s outdoor gardening and food processing project is officially over. That is, all except for soil prep for next season, when we let the geese and goat in the garden to eat the leftovers, then spread the horse manure. Then, it’s all about enjoying the fruits of our labors, and telling the corporate veggie distributors to take their pesticide-laden produce and… well, you know the rest.
This is our fourth year gardening in the high desert, and I’ve got to admit, we messed around and got it right this time. We have enough in the freezer for the year, and the garden fed us and the critters with fresh produce all during the harvest.
Brian planted and hand watered the garden morning and evening. We both weeded and harvested, and I processed. Processing consisted of cleaning, trimming, blanching, chopping and freezing, as well as some drying. We both collect seeds.
Here are pics of some of the bounty (cabbage, onions, beets, radishes, spinach and zucchini). We had carrots also, but I forgot to take pics of them. The garden area was 60 X 80:
If we can do this, so can you. If you don’t have any land, get with someone who does and see if you can work out a deal to use a bit of it for growing food. I lent out a portion of mine this season as a training garden for a neighbor. If you can grow your own food, you will not starve.
Don’t wait. Start your garden today. Make plans to nourish your family with good, wholesome food that you can grow yourself. Get rid of the lawn and plant a Guerrilla Warfare Garden instead. And if zoning permits, get a milk goat. A goat and a garden will keep you alive and healthy through any food crisis.
© 2011 Barbara H. Peterson