One of my fondest memories as a child is gardening with my Papaw. When I was knee high to a grasshopper, he used to walk me through the rows of beans, peas, tomatoes and whatever else Nanny wanted to can. He always told me, “Plant enough for yourself and a little extra just in case.” I always wondered why the garden was such a priority. What did he mean by “just in case?” Now that I have a family of my own, I have learned why it is so important.
I would have to argue that having a garden is the most essential part of a homestead. Without it, a homestead is not complete. A garden not only provides a family with vegetables and fruit for their daily meals, but it can also provide surplus for livestock or preserving for “just in case.” Not only that, but it could even add extra income on the homestead. I can’t tell you how many times during the summer that I get asked, “Are you planning on selling any of your extras?”
A garden is also the most intimidating and challenging part of being a homesteader. There are so many decisions to make:. Should I start seeds or buy plants? Do I use heirlooms or hybrids? Do I plant in raised beds, rows or containers? Where’s the best place for the garden? Do I have enough space? Now you understand why I say intimidating. And all of these questions and many more have to be answered before you plant the first thing.
BUT NEVER FEAR BIG BEAR IS HERE!!
In this section of the website, we will cover all things garden. So keep checking back to see articles on garden predator control, styles of gardening, mulching, watering, weed control, composting, fertilizer and more.