So on Friday we are moving to Upton. It's sort of even more in the middle of nowhere than where we are now, but we will be closer to our jobs, and closer to the majority of my family, and some of Ant's. We will also have a giant attic, a tiny garden, and a kitchen space that is more reasonable for food boy. I'm sort of really excited about this because it feels like we are starting our lives together for real.
So Tiny Garden sure is tiny, but I got this book for Christmas called The Urban Homestead. What a fantastic book! Highly recommended, even if you don't live in a very urban area. So anyway, in this book there are instructions for a polyculture garden, which is basically like a tiny little ecosystem...certain plants put nutrients into the soil that other plants take out, some plants attract bugs that eat the pests of other plants, and so on...
So you just scatter a whole bunch of seeds and everything grows all willy nilly- no rows or any sort of order, but also very few weeds and lots of production in a little space. I will have to be able to identify what is what because things will be ready at different times. As I harvest, I will fill in the space with seedlings that I start outside the garden. I'm pretty excited. I did some online shopping last night and found lots of heirloom seeds, so this will be an heirloom garden.
Our daily day dream includes (among other things) a farm where we will have dairy animals, laying fowl, and the sort of polyculture that will be in Tiny Garden, except on a way bigger scale. Of course the animals will be incorporated into the polyculture system and everyone will live happily ever after. So I'm looking at Tiny Garden as practice for someday farm.