posted on Jun, 18 2008 @ 04:39 PM
reply to post by Straight Razor
Eight acres is a lot of land for a home garden . . . or truck garden as some may call it.
I'd be inclined to think that a half acre or one full acre may do it as far as feeding the entire family.
Granted, they won't be eating solely out of the garden, but will be using it's produce for 2-3 meals a day.
Along those same lines, I'm about to extend my garden 15' south.
It's about 12' wide right now and I may go out to the east next year.
The extension will be solidly planted in corn and after it's growing a while I'll add some pole beans.
You can blanch the ears of corn, carve the kernels off with a knife and freeze them.
We plan to pickle some of the hot peppers, but some are coming in before others so we'll freeze those prior to canning.
Small gardens I've had in the past grew enough tomatoes to supply us for 5 months or so of the warm weather months as well as have plenty left over
to share with neighbors and co-workers.
I think it was the "Lessons learned from a Backyard Garden" post where high density gardening was discussed.
Good post and lots of photos of what different folks have done.