Gardening. I’m going to let the big back bed (700sf) go back wild after this year’s crops are out…well, I’ll plant some perennializing compost crops back there, but mostly I’m giving up keeping the weeds out of that area. I have doubled the size of the “storage garden” and will try to stay on top of that by planting dutch white clover around the edges and mowing or mulching around the beds. That means next year’s annual vegetable space will be about 850 sf. Issues:
- The greenhouse has been a joy this spring. Though I am ever so slightly tired of kale, having not had an off season for kale in over a year.
- Spices. You saw my post on weird indoor plants, right? They’re doing well, and I’ve added a pot of spearmint.
- We have no inclination toward livestock at this point in time, no matter how cute all your goats and chickens are!
- I still struggle with how much is “enough” garden space. Some part of me still thinks we need to raise all our own food. But right now, I probably give away as much as we eat, even though I know 850 sf is not enough food for 2 people to live on. I’m not entirely sure what we do eat, to tell you the truth.
So the issue is what Sharon Astyk refers to as the “eat the food” step. My energy for dealing with food more or less ends when I’m done tending the garden. I really don’t feel like cooking it once I’ve been staring at it in the ground for a couple hours. So what to do? Grow less? Cook more? I dunno. What I love about gardening is the figuring-out. How many calories can I grow this year? Can I grow okra? What are podding radishes like? Can I plant peas in such a way that we have a steady supply all summer? Once I figure out the answers to those questions, I tend to lose interest. Having to grow a complete balanced diet every year sounds like a drag to me.
So I tell you what. If you love to cook – doesn’t have to be fancy, in fact better if it’s not – I’ll keep you stocked with produce if you’ll return one or two meals’ worth of prepped dinners to me each week. Hell, I’ll throw in some grass-fed pork or beef, if it means some of it comes back to me ready to eat!