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Thursday, February 2, 2012

I Hope My Eyes are Not Too Big for My Stomach!

Yesterday, I placed the biggest seed order in history...okay, just my history. Here is the complete list from Horizon Herbs:


There are many more seeds I wanted to buy, but I decided I was going a bit overboard, so I scaled the order back a little for the sake of our wallets! The only two varieties not included on this list that I will have to obtain somewhere else are eggplant and red potatoes. 

Why so many seeds, do you ask? Well, that is because we are going to help two families in the area start their mini farms this year, in addition to starting our own (24 square feet) very small operation! I am so excited to announce this! We get a chance to help others grow food in their own back yards, one of our major goals for Mini Farm Sustainability Project. We will double dig the raised beds, shooting for at least 100 square feet on each family's property. I am hoping we will be able to harvest about 300 pounds from each mini farm, but as  I said, this is the year for learning, and boy are we going to dig in! Of course, we will document the whole experience, showing you exactly how we transformed a piece of these families' yards into fertile, mini farm land.

We are also planning a successive crop as soon as the first one is finished, seeking to maximize the harvest this year. This means we will need to start a second set of seedlings indoor in flats around late spring and have them ready to transplant into the ground as soon as the first crop is ready to be harvested. After the second harvest, we will be planting cover crops to keep the soil intact and replenish nutrients during the fall and winter. 

We are not charging a fee for the families we are helping. We needed a chance to prove ourselves, and we have it. Now it's time for us to show the world what can be done with a small garden and some determination!

16 comments:

  1. What you are doing is do wonderful. I hope your project will succeed.

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  2. Ok, so I am earnestly following your blog. I have a garden and love talking gardening with other folks. So excited to see pics and the whole gambit!

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  3. I am now a G+ and GFC follower. I need to get my seed order ready! I am going to try gardening again this year. I what to buy heirloom varieties to start off this year. I think growing our own popcorn would be fun.

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  4. Thanks, MLoueez! I love talking gardening, too. We should have a bunch of pics as we go along and hopefully some compelling video footage, or at least not as cheesy as our first video. :P
    Amy, thanks for the follow, as well! I bought a purple tomato variety as well as different colors of carrots and corn, and I can't wait to see how they all turn out. I hope you'll post pics if you grow your own popcorn!

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  5. That is a lot! I am envious of anyone with a "green" thumb! I'll get it right one day!

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  6. Right on! What a great way to help others by helping them to be self-sustaining!

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  7. I love gardening! I think it is wonderful that you are going to help other families with this. Also looks like you are going to have some great food!

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  8. Great job, I really do wish there were more people like you.

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  9. Great job, I wish I could do that but I seems to under water or over water stuff.

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  10. All I can grow well are herbs, tomatoes, green beans, squash & peppers. We used to have a small garden but the upkeep was just too time-consuming for us. We have a really great farmer's market locally, tho, so I go there and get lots of great stuff -- I can & freeze a lot of it, too, to use during the winter months. :0)

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  11. I love herbs - I have them planted in my rock garden in the front yard.
    adriana(dot)grillo(at)live(dot)ca

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  12. WOW! That is an impressive list! Good LUCK! I see a lot of healthy food in your future!
    Connie

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  13. I really love herbs, I once built a little herb greenhouse, and it did ok, but I could really learn more.

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  14. I just wish I had a place to grow my own herbs...love gardening

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  15. I wish you all the best for your project!

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  16. Wow you are amazing! good luck with everything! :)

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