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!