Joseph Lofthouse wrote:William: I grow two varieties of fennel. I realized this fall that one of them is perennial. I have tried tilling it under the past few years, and it just keeps returning.
I harvested around 30 sweet potato seeds this summer. Woot!!!
Stacy Witscher wrote:Well, I do a lot of food processing, and I plan on mostly growing my own food. But, for me, a large part is it, is growing food that I want to eat, and not feel deprived. That's largely why animals are a must. It's fairly difficult to get enough homegrown and processed fat without animals.
Currently, I'm urban, on a 1/10 acre property. The issue anyone around here would have trying to grow all their own food, is it's not allowed. No livestock of any kind, bees aren't even allowed. No vegetable or fruit trees(they just added this) in the front yard. So I'm left with about 600 sq ft. garden, but I still grew all the squash, winter and summer, and green beans that I need for a year. And that's just this year.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:Travis, how are you storing those apples?
We have racks built so that there is only one layer per rack and air space between each rack.
The racks themselves are made with slatted bottoms so air can go through each layer as well as all around it.
Potatoes we put into sand same as carrots and beets, this keeps them separated and nicely firm all winter long.
My new root cellar (not dug yet) will be large enough that I will need at least 4 air exchange tubes maybe as many as 10, just depends on what the wife wants for size, part of this will be doored off for charcuterie and another space for cheese curing and aging.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:I am not an advocate of growing all of ones own food. I live in a community. I'm sure glad that Willa milks a goat, and that Amber raises eggs, and that Troy hunts deer, and that Jeremy fishes. and that Faye wildcrafts fruits and medicinals, and that Jim keeps bees, and that Chantel makes pickles, and that Julie grows celery, etc, etc, etc. I am delighted that they share that food with me. I could go on and on naming the human beings in my village that are raising food, and improving my life because of it. I am very good at growing corn, beans, and squash. My neighbors are very good at producing different foods.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:Corn is near the top of calories per acre, therefore, lets do some math...
Yield is about 1 Kg of dried corn per square meter. 3/4 Kg would provide me with the 2700 calories I need for a day. So I'd need 273 square meters to grow enough calories for myself for a year. (About 2900 square feet, or 0.07 acres). I can only grow one crop per year due to my climate. Other gardeners might could grow several crops per year of various species.