We love having a huge vegetable garden that can provide enough food to last the whole year. We freeze, root cellar, can, and eat fresh the produce we grow. We are also begining to try our hand at seed saving.
We use the square foot gardening/intensive gardening approach to gardening and do it with raised beds. These methods work well in our climate.
We moved into the new farm too late in the season to garden 2012, but we were able to construct the garden and plant for the 2013 season. 2014 saw more garden expansion, and the addition of berry bushes, strawberry patch, and a container herb garden. We also were able to figure out how to successfully grow tomatoes in our short season, cold-climate. 2015 was a bumper crop of everything, and 2016 brings more plans for garden expansion. In the future we also hope to add a greenhouse to extend our short 11-week growing season and an orchard with apples, plums, and pears!