Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Planning the hardware

Martine & I, just today, decided on fenceposts. Well, pretty sure at least. We have some dead tree's in our yard that are pretty high. Also straight which would be important. I think once they are down they will be great natural fenceposts. Have to determine the diameter and make sure the auger can accomodate the size. We were thinking 5-6' height, but today Matt suggested I check out youtube. We have deer. I thought that it would be high enough. It may not be. So am I will be surfing youtube to see if I can find video of deer jumping fences higher than 6'. I can make the fenceposts as high as we want, if we really do use tree's, but the fencing itself might be an issue. Matt also suggested human hair stuffed into pantyhose but Martine brought up an excellent point. Simply, that our deer are extremely domesticated, likely to make human hair useless. All part of the many things to consider. Also got a copy of Hobby Farms magazine from Marko. Looks like it can be a tremendous resource. Now considering tree's for the raised bed too. That or possibly some of the brick we have sitting around.
On the left I posted three pictures. The top two are of the front yard where we will be placing the main vegetable growing area. In fact the swing is smack dab in the middle. The third is of two old wooden barrels I just picked up from Freecycle. About three feet high, they are very cool. Hope to use them for herb planters.
-Until the next post. :) M&B.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

What to grow?

With March coming in days, we need to get moving. What to plant. We know we need to do some research and we have not. Feel free to shower us with knowledge if you have it. I can tell you we want to grow plants that produce fruits and vegetables, first. After that, well who knows. Not us...yet. We discussed the timing of different items. Found this link regarding planting seasons:
Also still searching for a fence solution. Keeping in mind that we have loads of deer, we would like it to be no less than six feet. We also cannot use any treated lumber for our planting beds. I liked this post from
Lots of thoughts. Hopefully something concrete by the end of this weekend.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Here we go.

Why Single Acre Farm? Well, because our plot, our spot of land here in NJ that encompasses our home, is a single acre. OK, technically it's 1.07 acres as Martine pointed out. It's usable area is less than an acre seeing as it has a house, a garage and lots of tree's making over half the property unable to support food growth. Nonetheless it's an acre and it's ours for now, hence the name. Our goal is to think about our acre and it's potential.
We will treat our land with respect. We will think sustainably.
We will make our space a part of us and us a living breathing part of the space. Oh yeah, lest I forget the MOST important thing, we want to have FUN!
You get the idea, so let's get going....