Hello all and welcome to RedBeard Ranch! Or what will eventually be. Right now I have a blank slate and too many ideas rolling around in my head. Some of you may already know my story but ill sum it up real quick. My name is RedBeard, you may be able to guess why. My wife and I bought our first house together last july. My old garden bed was a small 3 by 9 bed that I tended to overcrowd with tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. I'm still fairly new to gardening and growing my own food. but in the last 4 years iv had all successful harvests. I was able to grow more than we could eat in that little bed. now my entire property is just under a half acre, and I have free reign over the yard pretty much.
So the plan, the long term goal of RedBeard ranch. What I hope to eventually accomplish is using all this space to grow way more than I can eat. I would like to be able to sustain this garden completely on its own by selling off the extra produce at the local farmers market. I would like to be able have the garden pay for its self while having enough leftover to feed my family and hopefully have enough leftover to donate to local food pantries for the needy. I'm not really looking to turn a profit. I just really enjoy all the hard work and reward that comes with growing your own food.
I'm aware of the scale of what I'm trying to accomplish. I will be doing this all on my own really. I hope I can get some help from friends and family along the way but I know the brunt of it will be on my shoulders....and its exciting! I have been warned to keep it small and simple but wheres the fun in that! oh I expect to fail, I have lots to learn I know! but thats the whole adventure, and I will be using this as my digital journal to document my progress.
So here is whats going into the garden this year
Tomatoes of course! and lots of them.
cucumbers(slicing and pickling)
peppers(sweet and hot varieties)
Sugar snap peas
Brussle Sprouts(I think I'm the only one who will eat these ha)
some of these these might get taken off the list as things progress and I can get a better grasp on how much time I will actually have to accomplish all of this. The varieties are yet to be chosen, I plan on visiting local nurserys to buy seeds known to grow well in this area. looking for mostly low maintenance hybrids just to keep things a little easier on myself.
heres some pics of the space I have to work with.
this is an idea for a bed. not sure if I like the L shape or should I make two separate beds?
Thanks for stopping by the Ranch! Please let me know what you think!