Today was another long day at work so not much got done here. I already had a post on planning and this one will be similar in some ways, hopefully it will get you thinking and it will also have to get me thinking.
My plans for growing food have more of a focus on resale than just growing what I like, in order to do that for the most part what is going to be grown are crops that have a relatively high value and a quick turn around, less than 60 days from seed to harvest. Most of these crops also have a fairly quick spoilage rate.
When it comes to planning it doesn’t make sense to plant all of the garden at once, then all crops will be coming in at the same time, there will be a big harvest and then nothing for another 60 days.
The planting has to be staggered so the harvest comes in at different times. I already broke this plan with the green house, I planned on planting a third at a time. Instead the whole thing was planted, the logic on that was that I didn’t know how things were going to come up and I wanted the best possibility of success so I planted everything. If after plants start emerging there are holes they will be filled with new seeds and have a delay till harvest.
Another benefit to a staggered planting is that in the beginning the beds don’t have to be all prepared at the same time. I don’t know what I’m going to do yet when it comes to beds. There is a small area I will start with and it is pretty clean now, that bed is not big enough to get much for the purpose of selling. I have other ground but it has grass growing on it.
Earlier there was a post about breaking ground, tilling or plowing the soil is not the best way to grow crops but it has big advantages which is why it is done. I tried years ago to go completely no till but the weeds got out of control. I have an old tiller but it doesn’t work and it isn’t very good either. Using the grub hoe ground can be broken fairly easily but when we are talking about 1/4 of an acre or so the labor starts getting crazy and the big part of labor for me is time.
There are two options I am thinking about, one is buy a new tiller, the second is use the tractor. My tractor unfortunately doesn’t run, it is in the process of being fixed the next thing it needs is a new head gasket. After that hopefully it will run, if it runs I have a plow and bog harrow so it can do the job but it’s hard to do small areas with it and driving the 8,000 lb tractor in the garden several times through out the season seems like it may have soil compression issues.
I’m leaning towards buying a new tiller but I really don’t think I will be able to afford it by spring. Actually now that I do the math, with no additional income it will be August by the time I can get the tiller I want. Renting may be another option.
I did get some tulips in today, along with food crops some flowers are going to be planted with hopes of selling them, as long as it’s legal I’ll grow what I can to make a profit.