so starting out, my back lot is 48x62 in northern ontario, canada. i also have a smaller front lot, i am not measuring it though and i can't exactly 'farm' there but i do have plans....
what i am starting to do now:
-collecting fallen trees from the forest near my home. so far i have a couple fresh ones but i need to find some a couple years old that are close enough to carry/drag.
-gathering materials to make a worm farm
-saving all my paper, organic waste
-i buried the logs i did have in leaves and dirt, not quite a hugelkulture bed but they can start to break down now.
-looking for free/cheap materials i can use. so far i am keeping my eyes open for gardening equipment, rocks i like, bins, old tires for growing potatoes, leaves, compost.... i am not sure what else would be helpful to have around, suggestions would be nice.
my plan of attack... so first i am collecting things and piling them in the yard. i am going to set up a hugelkulture bed in my front yard, about 2 feet high(i think i could get away with that without causing issues with the neighbours) i need to cut down two cedars because of home repairs we are currently doing. i know cedar is not ideal but i will use them in the bed, and then plant it with a blueberry hedge. there will be another hugelkulture bed in the back, it will be somewhat square to fit the area i want to put it, probably about 5x5x3 unless there is some reason that wouldn't work that anyone knows of? this will be planted but i'm not sure with what yet. i'm thinking annual veggies this year. the rest of the back yard will eventually become a forest of food. next year i will plant some type of vine on my pagoda to provide shade for us. suggestions welcome, must be food bearing. i am considering small cucumbers for pickling or summer squash if it can grow that way. i know there are climbing beans that could work. grapes would be ideal but they don't grow well here and the ones that do are awfully bitter. i am thinking of burying logs through out the yard at intervals to provide future food for the plants. in the spring i will be ordering trees. i may order a couple extra and plant them in forest clearings in my area. (: kind of a secret location. i just found out my neighbour has an apple tree so i don't have to worry about pollination and i will get only one of those(for now anyways) my other half has asked for pears, so i will get two of those, one in the front yard, one in the back, i am going to try cherry trees because the 'can' fruit here and with global warming perhaps they will do well, it is worth the risk for me because i do so love cherries. the only nut tree i could find that grows well here is the butternut and it gets really big, it also grows wild here so i think i may order a few of these and plant them around the area, hopefully they will grow. i am also planning on rhubarb this year, and adding several more raspberry bushes. i will also be adding hanging planters around my pagoda to grow food in. i think if i can accomplish this much for now that is more than a good start. i was considering putting in a water storage tank but i don't think i can at this time as my other renovations are turning out to be quite a lot more costly than i had expected. i would also like some advice on improving the over all soil quality in my yard so that things have a better chance of living when i plant them.
Here's a list of perennial vegetables for cold climates: http://perennialvegetables.org/perennial-vegetables-for-each-climate-type/extreme-cold/
sounds like you have a good plan
I haven't actually bought from them (although I'm planning my first purchase for my new property now - hazelnuts, elderberries, highbush cranberries, and more), but I met the family and toured their place a dozen years ago when I was learning to farm in the North Country, and they were wonderful! I can't wait to start planting...good luck with your property!
I can't make any suggestions for your climate, but if you are in a bushfire prone area, bear in mind that anything pine burns easily. I think a windbreak must be evergreen too it helps with the heating of the house.
I would not introduce tyres in the garden because they contain toxins and if you ever want to get rid of them it costs you a fortune.
For your annual area you could make four or so sections, all fully fenced and rotate chicken or ducks over them to give you eggs and a lot of fertilizer. For your climate ducks might be better. It's expensive in the beginning though wire, concrete starposts.
Furthermore you could ask your neighbours for the garden waste or even call lawnmowing companies or gardeners.
Dan Cruickshank wrote:On a budget? Rhubarb is very easily grown from seed. We made some indoor seed starting "greenhouses" from used water bottles half filled with dirt and an appropriate amount of water and then capped. Put them in the window, ignore them for a couple of weeks, and you have growing rhubarb! It's really easy.
How do you use rhubarb? It seems to me it's mostly used in deserts.