Yesterday we started planning. We got out a piece of paper off of our newspaper roll and made a map of the land we are going to cultivate this year.
It seemed like such an easy thing to get started on, but we got side tracked quickly. I spent a lot of time drawing a grid that represented the land I was going to till and cultivate. And then we needed to decide what was going where.
It was a disaster. As we tried to figure out how big our vegetable area was going to be this year, we ended up talking about where we would build the house (many years from now) and where the compost pile would need to go. Because the compost pile has to be convenient to both the house and the garden, and we have to plan around it with the plots. It was a long process, but eventually my wife and I saw eye to eye (which means that we arm wrestled and she won).
We planned out the placement of the greenhouse (now I just need to go buy it), the compost pile that I’ll have to dig into the hillside because that was the most ‘convenient’ place for it. Oh, and we found a place to put the crops that we intend to grow. We will have a 10′ by 140′ area for perenials and eight plots for annuals. Each of our eight plots will be 40′ by 60′ and we have room to grow up to 12 plots in the main area of our garden.
Yes, that took us most of the day yesterday. We have a cool drawing on the wall that shows where everything will go. Now the ground just needs to dry out so I can start rototilling.