Having worked in agriculture for the past 11 years (in some capacity) I am AMAZED at how difficult farming is. Our soils don’t help. Highly compressed white, acidic, Triassic soils, impermeable when dry, the exceptionally fine grained soils expand, making the soils very slippery, earning it the name and characteristic “slickenslack soil”.
So, enter my six raised beds. They are the best thing I could have done. The fall/ winter garden is in and thriving. I have planted: 3 kinds of onions, 3 kinds of garlic (although I don’t seem to have luck with either one – but I keep trying), lettuce mixes, cabbage, collards, 3 kales, 2 mustards, 3 turnips (mmmm… for the greens), 3 carrots, beets, 2 radishes, cilantro, 4 spinach, peas, and my first try at cover crops. It looks amazing! All that, plus I have a greenhouse full of citrus, ginger, herbs and ornamentals.
The chickens LOVED my garden far more than I, so I had to erect a fence. So far it has kept out the the chickens, donkeys and deer. So far, so good. All for the update on Acorn Garden. Happy growing and remember, EAT LOCAL! Nothing more local than your backyard! No matter how small, a pot in your window sill or more, it is highly worth it!