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How we created a 5,000 m² garden on our hobby farm Home Steading

It was my long-standing ambition to maintain a huge garden. Even though I grew up on a tiny piece of town, I was always looking for ways to keep my hands in the dirt. Landscaping jobs and organic farming internships accounted for most of my youthful summers, and as a child I was an unscrupulous pest when I was allowed to go down into someone else’s garden to “try a pea or two”. And I apologize to all of the berry fields that I’ve probably cheated a few pounds of fruit over the past few decades!

Needless to say, it was a great incentive for me to buy our estate, the potential for a GORGEOUS GARDEN. I want all the products that I can eat whenever I want, in every variety that I notice. Is that too much?

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Our West Virginia garden was a lot of fun, but it was always a bit messy.

I think we’ll find out in the next few months as our gardening ambitions in this growing season are frankly a little scary. We grow far more food than (in my opinion) two people can eat, but it’s all part of the experience of that first year. Now that I finally have space, I want to grow plants at high pressure and see what our property can do. In the worst case, we get an insight into what doesn’t work and then refine our goals for the next year.

Despite the farm experience I’ve had over the past decade, I’m surprisingly shy about working on projects on our property. In all of my outdoor work, I was part of a team with someone else who was in charge. If I was the only person responsible for planning, preparing and planting, would the seeds actually sprout? I am more likely to do something weak and cause death. I’ve spent more time this winter than I want to admit that I was internally afraid and afraid to start out of fear of failure.

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Lydia Noyes

I am a prospective farmer who recently moved to 33 acres in Michigan after spending the past three years on a West Virginia homestead. We are not sure what the future will look like for us and this property, but we are excited to find out!

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