With the movement towards being more self sufficient and being green, I have been thinkng how might I do that. I grew up in a home that sat on a half acre lot. Nearly 1/2 of that lot space was taken up with my father's vegetable garden and fruit trees. This garden and orchard produced many more great foods than our family could eat, so my parents would share with family and friends. There were times during the harvest time for apricots, that I swear I picked apricots sunrise to sunset. (okay I am exaggerating)
My point is that my dad's garden did a lot to help with the food budget. It was a source of great pride for him. I was allowed to tend the water, but he took care of the weeding. It was almost a second full time job for him. He spent hours weeding and tending to that garden. I don't know where he found the energy, he worked as a carpenter on commercial buildings all day then would work in the garden in the evenings. He did produce wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables.
I don't know about you, but I am not one that has the time nor do I want to spend what time I have to produce a gardent like my fathers. I also don't have the space in my yard and water costs have increased a lot since my youth. I have an idea that may help myself and others with this. Allow me to backtrack a little, several years ago, Darcy and I lived in Las Vegas. Our time there was not long, but a neighbor of us shared an idea that may work for those of us on limited time and space.
One of our neighbors had what she called a bucket garden. Because it gets so hot in Las Vegas her garden would die or she would spend a fortune on water to try to keep it alive. What she would do is save every 5 gallon bucket that she could. (We buy our laundry detergent from Costco in 5 gallon buckets for example.) She then would fill the bucket up with top soil and plant her garden in these 5 gallon buckets. The buckets held the water, were portable, so that she could move them into the shade during the really hot times of the day, and most important (for me at least) they were easier to weed out.
We lived in an apartment while we lived in Las Vegas, and this was an idea that could even be done in an apartment. The other aspect, is that if you're like Darcy and myself, who are now empty nesters, it is easier to limit the size of the garden and grow maybe a couple of stalks of corn, a tomato plant, a squash vine and some pepper plants, instead of having a lot of each vegetable in a garden plot. Maybe once it stops snowing here, I will give it a try!
I didn't have any good garden pictures, so I thought that I would just use a photo that I like instead!