On just one quarter acre, you can harvest 1,400 pastured eggs, 60 pounds of fruit, 2,000 pounds of vegetables, 75 pounds of nuts, and, if you’re into barbecue, 280 pounds of pork. And that’s just for starters. By concentrating on vertical gardening and raised beds, you can improve yield and operate virtually weed-free. Even on one-tenth of an acre, you can do a bang-up job, with enough room for eight garden beds, each four by eight feet. You’d even have room for two beehives, which I would personally love to have. A friend of ours keeps bees and is quite excited about all his new friends.
To get started on the right foot, get yourself a copy of Carleen Madigan’s The Backyard Homestead. It’s loaded with neat stuff that Carleen has included for you and the fam. In the bargain, Carleen tells you how to cook, preserve, cure, brew, or pickle your harvest. It’s an all-in-one bible on eating right. Carleen is an organic gardening wizard, and you’ll count yourself lucky to tap into her knowledge. Her background as former managing editor of Horticulture magazine has given her all the tools to really square you. I wish you, your kids, and your grandkids a wonderful, wholesome food adventure in your migration away from the big-box food poisoners.