These are three tips that are exerts from a cool article I found on a website called thesurvivalistblog, it’s all about how to get the most value for space out of your vegetable garden while living in a colder climate. These tips could come in very handy if you’re trying to go off the grid and don’t have a greenhouse. I like the way the author put a great deal of thought into not just space considerations but also time. Take a look at the article and let us know what you think.
With limited space, time and money, I want an optimal, seasonal yield from my cool climate garden. No matter where I live or how much room I have, the garden is a significant part of my daily life.
It also provides an opportunity for appreciation of God’s provision.
Most vegetables are beyond comparison for taste if you grow them yourself. However, some take up garden space for a very long time or, if the season is too short for heat loving plants, you may end up being disappointed with the crop.
Everyone can grow something, even if it is only sprouts on the kitchen bench.
Everything you grow yourself makes you more self reliant and can reduce your potential chemical exposure.
Those folk fortunate enough to have a green house (especially one with some form of warmth) can extend their growing season considerably in some cases.
I don’t have a green house so this is the criteria I use to determine what to plant in my garden.
Ponder these considerations within your own context and growing zone. I have included a few of my own examples.
1. Does it grow well in my zone?
Only fast crops of tomatoes, corn, pumpkins, melons etc ripen or mature for me. Even then, the cool humidity puts them at greater risk of disease. I only put in a few plants for immediate blissful eating, not to store. I just don’t have the space to potentially waste. Of course, every now and then, you might get a bumper crop as a result of an extended period of lovely weather. In that case, thank God for the crop and preserve what you can.
For the most part, though, there seems little point trying and trying to grow something that just doesn’t thrive in your garden.
2. What frozen, dried or tinned foods are cheaper to buy than grow?
For me, dried beans, grains and legumes are way cheaper to buy as well as frozen cauliflower, peas, corn, brussels sprouts. Tinned tomatoes, pineapple, beans, legumes and asparagus are better value for my time and space too. I have a couple of olive trees but they are unlikely to provide all our needs. Bottled olives are on my shopping list.
3. It grows well here but how long does it take to grow?
Cauliflowers, large cabbages, storage onions all grow well in my district.
But I don’t give them priority because they take up space for a long time.
Original article found at thesurvivalistblog
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