Small Space? Not a problem!

So some of you may feel like you can’t garden or have chickens because your space is just too small.  I calculated today how large our property is.  You’ll never believe it but it is only 1/6 of an acre.  No joke!  It is tiny, but it is mine, and I have fallen in love with the improvements we’ve done over the years.  My house is even smaller.  It is an early 1950’s bungalow.  I am sure it was a first time home for a young family.  With the 5 of us space can be tight, but we’ve come to find that being close, physically and emotionally, is a good thing.  Even though our lot is small I’ve loved having the opportunity to grow our own food and raise chickens.  I was going through my mobile photos from the last few gardening seasons and found some gems.

Last year we hade one grapevine.  It went crazy and produced so many grapes!  I taught myself to can from books and videos and made lots of grape jam and grape juice.  It was a bit of a process since the grapes are seeded. My girls were a big help though.  We also ended up with a lot of watermelon, much more than we could eat, so watermelon jam was next!

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Last year I gardened by covering the raised boxes with black plastic and cutting holes for the plants.  A drip line kept things growing well.  It is a very low maintenance way to garden.

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Remember how I said I don’t do usual plants?  I guess I did have some red tomatoes this year, but the zucchini was yellow, the tomatilos were purple, and the cherry tomatoes were yellow and purple.

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At the end of the growing season there are usually a lot of tomatoes left on the vines that haven’t quite ripened.  Instead of lining every surface of my little home with tomatoes and waiting for them to ripen, I made my new favorite, pickled green tomatoes.  They are so good on a sandwich or in egg salad. Yum!

10441462_10203976080058819_4626542990509297049_n  Even if you only live in an apartment there are always pots that can be placed on a porch.  These little peppers were beautiful and gave quite the kick!   They started out purple, but continued to go different colors until they turned fully ripe and red.  I still have some in my freezer and I’ll occasionally pop one in a dish to liven things up.  10435982_10203249345410907_7521646575556459255_n

In any space you can find room to grow a little something for yourself.  You’ll be happy you did!

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