This is my first year planting a garden on this permaculture homestead. It marks a major milestone and brings a great sense of accomplishment to my psyche.
When we first moved to the San Juan Islands, I had thought I’d have a small garden in the first year. Oh how wrong I was. Not only did we have way more work on our hands with the Farm House Restoration Project than I had originally expected, we had septic issues, well water shortages, extreme deer pressure and way more quackgrass invasion than I ever imagined.
So today it feels good to finally have arrived at a place where there are starts and seeds in the ground. I have even installed an automated drip irrigation system that allows me to rest at ease when away for business. Lessons I’ve learned are:
- It’s important to be flexible and patient. You never know what life will throw at you, especially when taking the path less traveled.
- Let time be your ally, it can save you a lot of wasted energy and it allows natural processes to take their course.
- Planting in straight rows makes planning, cultivating, and harvesting so much more efficient (see BCS Rotary Plow demo).
Going forward, I will update this post with photographs and video that document the growing season here.