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Beginning of the Garden

Since I’m just starting this blog up now, this post has to cover about a year and a half of heavy duty labor.

Basically, about a year and a half ago, a friend of mine told me about a plan he had for a project. Most people would say it’s a sustainable living project, but that’s not really?the idea. His plan was that we would grow our own food and build our own houses and then teach other people how to do it. But the purpose wasn’t?environmental?or sustainable. It’s simply a philosophy about spending less money and being willing to do work yourself instead of spending it to have other people do the dirty work.

The first step was basically to turn the acre of land we had in the?Catskill?mountains?into a garden. It’s really vicious land. The soil is at least 50% rocks. Fortunately we had a former gardner’s tools and advice on hand and slowly we broke the land like pilgrims.

We I say gardening I don’t mean planting things on the front lawn with a little spade like an old lady. I mean hitting the ground with a pick axe and filtering out tons (literally) of rocks.

 

Yeah. In the beginning we were filtering with a milk crate and a garbage can. It was brutal, but it was good?exercise. Later on we fixed an old wheelbarrow and borrowed?a screen to upgrade our technology.

 

By the end of the season we had a full garden with squash,?tomato, peppers, corn, chard, kale, and near infinite amounts of green beans that you could eat off the plants. It was a pretty huge accomplishment based on the fact that everyone told us it wouldn’t work on that land.