Creating a kitchen garden from nothing is no small feat
It requires quite a lot of planning. A couple of years ago I chose a reasonably level area of 12 x 16 m and planted fruit trees and berry bushes around the perimeter. Since I’ve never believed that energies move straight forward or in 90 degree angles, we decided that the base plot area should be circular. We dug up the ground and filled the plot with quality vegetable soil in slightly heightened beds.
When we needed a greenhouse, we cleared a bush-covered area next to the plot and prepared an area of 20×20 meters. We used a digger (backhoe) with a ripper nail attached to remove any remaining roots. This created the foundation for a number of crescent-shaped elevated vegetable beds. We had to dig more by hand afterwards, but by summer 2014 we had a bountiful harvest. The greenhouse of 30 square meters with a small pergola was also finished. The vines thrive on the pergola.
That same summer, two 5 m long and 2 m tall plastic tunnels were placed in a pasture as well as some more round plots for maize and squash. They grow very well together; Native Americans grew maize, squash and beans together and called them The Three Sisters. The squash covered the ground and protected it and beans grew along the cornstalks. This time I grew the beans in other plots – it’s easier for crop rotation. Making terraces in a gently sloping hillside gave us more planting space. As well as a new potato patch we found space for some cultivation boxes. We rotate the cultivations in 4-year cycles and get pretty much everything we need in the household. The birds of Fågeltorpet (chicken, quails and ducks) provide us with manure and straw dressing, which are added to the cultivation mounds.