Our Raised Bed Garden Area
This year we finally had time to build the raised bed garden area. Since moving to our homestead, we've had to fight the wildlife for our produce as well as fighting for our livestock!
We quickly found that there are an abundance of deer, raccoons, opossums, skunks, weasels, mice, chipmunks, squirrels, turkeys, sand cranes, ducks, moles, hawks, snakes, geese, eagles, coyote and foxes that we have to compete with when it comes to growing food and raising animals.
Our first two years, our garden was limited to a few tomato plants and a couple of herbs. The third year we planted a garden and quickly realized that we would have to compete with the abundance of wild animals if we were to ever be able to have any kind of harvest.
We cleared an area closer to the house and put in a couple of raised bed gardens. Once we knew that area was a good location, we started in early 2019 installing raised beds for growing vegetables and a few raspberry plants. We lined the raised beds with wire mesh to keep the moles from devastating the roots of the plants - a lesson we learned the previous year. We've installed most of the fence posts and hopefully we'll have the gate and fence installed for our 2020 garden.
While we had a great harvest this year, we hope next years will be even better once we have the garden area is completely fenced. We grow our food naturally, we use heirloom seeds and plants and without use of any chemicals. Below we have links to some of our favorite sources for garden goodness!
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds - This is a fantastic place to start and learn! This is the world's largest selection for heirloom seeds.
Gardeners Supply Company - located in Vermont, they have a wide assortment of gardner supplies and equipment.
Farmtek Supply Company - this is the place to find greenhouse fabric, fodder systems, storage buildings, and such.