This is my vegetable patch. It's a 20'x30' area just outside my back door, between the house and the greenhouse. There are three rows of planting beds measuring 4'x8' each, with mulched paths in between. It's surrounded by a 2' tall wire fence. I believe this was the original vegetable garden for the homestead, but when we moved in, it had been used by the previous owners as a dump. I wanted to bring it back to it's original purpose. So, I started by clearing a small area and then making my compost pile there. I rototilled the pile the following spring and then planted the plot. I repeated the technique each year, and slowly expanded the garden to the original size. Soil tests have turned out great, and the yields have improved each season. With that task accomplished, it's now time to fancy it up. Stay tuned, It's going to be great!
I'm drawn to plants with a purpose. I like to grow things that have some sort of uniqueness to them: a great story, an unusual feature, a creative use. So, heirloom vegetables, edible flowers, and herbs make up the bulk of my cottage style garden. I also have a vegetable plot, berry patches, fruit trees, and herb and cutting flower beds. In maintaining all this, I strive to be as organic as possible by using techniques like companion planting, rotating my crops, and composting kitchen scraps and yard clippings. All this comes together to create a cleaner environment for my family, my livestock, and my gardens.