Wednesday, January 19, 2011

When I grow up I want to be a farmer!

Those of you who know me personally will know that I am in school.  Well actually, I am not taking a class this semester, but plan to continue as finances allow (we are committed to living without debt).  Anyway, I am studying Sustainable Agriculture at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.  It is a great program and I am learning so much.

I have had an interest in gardening for so long, but because of the lack of sunlight at our Davis Ave house, I never had much success with vegetable gardening.  We had limited success with potted tomatoes (that we kept out next to the road).  Mostly, I just had lots of flowers.  I love flowers!

Last summer we had the most wonderful vegetable garden here at Hunter's Grove.  We made some mistakes, had some failures, had a lot of successes, ate well and learned a lot.  This year, we will be expanding our garden from 135 square feet of bed space to 350 square feet!  Last year we grew 6 different vegetables, this year's plan includes over 20!

I am really excited about using the information from my studies in my garden plan this year.  I have some big plans for the future.  This summer will be a bit of an experiment as I begin running a 1 member CSA.  I know, 1 member is kind-of silly, but my friend has promised to give brutally honest feedback as I try some things and I think it will be fun!

I'll leave you with some pics of last year's garden...


  1. Amy- what is the fencing around your garden- chicken wire? I assume that's to keep out critters/deer (and, does it work)?

  2. It is chicken wire and it worked great. We came down to the ground with it and then stapled it out along the ground about a foot out from the fence to deter diggers. It was not tall enough to keep out the deer, but they don't like to jump into spaces that feel like a cage, so they weren't a problem. We expanded the space for this next year and used galvanized wire mesh.