Aljaz Plankl wrote:To plant some trees and bushes beside veggies. Could you plant some on that plot? Of course size matters but you could plant a nice number of small fruit bushes, which will give you additional food. Maybe some dwarf fruit trees or maybe even some big trees, it depends where you plant them and other things.
Have you heard of food forest? It's a great concept, It can be done on a small scale.
- Food forest by Rober Hart
- Martin Crawford´s FOREST GARDEN
As veggies are concerned - maybe you could watch this video with your wife, it's about permaculture vegetable garden suitable for your climate.
- Emilia Hazelip Synergistic Garden
Google Cornwall permaculture.
Have a good time.
Lori Evans wrote:Ask your landlord if they would mind you planting anything in the yard. I had one a few years ago who was so excited at the prospect of a renter taking care of the yard that she bought me 10 trees to plant. Maybe they wouldn't mind a well-tended tree or fruiting vines and bushes lining an existing fence.
Also, you could do plantings in flower pots and such around the house or perhaps a raised bed that could go with you when you leave. There's a lot of DIY Australian videos on youtube as to how to make these and others for solutions to farming while renting from the same people.
Good luck in all your endeavors!!
William Hatfield wrote:Your situation is pretty analogous to mine. Instead of my wife farming traditionally, it's the part of the family that owns the land. You do what you can, try and get along, try not to be too critical of their practices even if you know they are wrong, play stupid, let things in one ear and out the other. And get angry sometimes. That works for me.
Also with your square meters, pretty much like mine. I also have my friend's yard that I'm trying to put into production, so that gives me an extra 30 square meters.
I've been doing "stuff" for 2 years now. I've been busy with work, so I can't dedicate much time it, but I'm hoping this year we'll get some more of our food needs met. I don't have any dreams of 100% or anything. Just something to make it worthwhile.
Suggestions I would make looking back:
-make commitments to perennial plants early on, even if it's just one frickin' plant, grow that thing. Berries are friendly. So are perennial herbs. So are Sunchokes (not perennial, but it acts perennially), tons of others.
-fruit trees and bushes if you can. I'm planning on setting out 4 or five fig trees this (3rd) year. Even if "the family" decides I can't have them, I'll just dig them up later.
-Be agressive on resource gathering. Every load of organic matter you bring to your site increases the fertility of the site in the first years. Later on you can grow your own biomass.
-Figure out how water flows on your land early on. The first year they tilled my land and all the water ended up in a muddy pool at the bottom end. Then we had a drought. Slow, sink, soak, and grow water. Even on my small and flat site, water was lost and the plants suffered.
-Get to know your area. What grows there? I'm constantly realizing that there are opportunities I never thought of just by getting to know what grows near you.
-Grow weeds. You can get seeds for lambsquarters, amaranth, and dandelion, purslane, dock-rumex-sorrel, and tons more. They won't fail you. I wish I had those seeds earlier.
-Go out and look at areas that look "wild", like when someone forgot to farm it for the last 5 or 10 years. Or keep an eye out when you're driving. What's growing there? A lot of times you can find natural plant communities to replicate in your garden. I found a blackberry-dog rose-tree-hops plant guild in a hedgerow. Nobody was tending it, but the plants were fantastic, much better than what they were tending on their property.
Good luck to both of us.
Alison Freeth-Thomas wrote:. We may have been un-environmentally friendly by having three children instaed of two but hey, these guys sure are respecting the world that they live in and I hope it will stay that way.
aman inavan wrote:
We are thinking of moving to central Portugal because of the cost of land and planning laws here.