Saturday, February 16, 2013

Laying down roots

Hello, and welcome to Just Sprout! My name is JT Justman, and I have made this blog as a way to document and motivate myself on my way to my life's goal: to provide the majority of the food my family needs, and then some, from my own land, in a way that uses the appropriate level of resources.

Well, I've got a long way to go, but I'm kind of proud of the things I've done in the last few years:

  • Started buying a house with .18 acres of good soil
  • Converted several hundred square feet of grass, brambles and ornamental plants into plots for fruit and vegetables
  • Preserved many different kinds of food by freezing, canning, and storing
  • Grown more than 30 different kinds of fruit and vegetables
  • Started Oregon State University Extension Service's Master Gardener Program
What you can expect to see here is a pictorial journal of my projects, my schemes in detail, and the things I learn along the way.

Just for fun, here's a list from memory of all the things I've grown in the last four seasons:
  • Tomatoes (Many varieties)
  • Peppers (Several sweet varieties)
  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Lettuce (Head and leaf)
  • Spinach
  • Beet
  • Snap peas
  • Shelling peas
  • Green beans
  • Corn
  • Summer squashes (several varieties)
  • Winter squashes (two varieties)
  • Pumpkins (Several varieties)
  • Loofah gourd
  • Tomatillo
  • Melons (several varieties, one successful!)
  • Turnip
  • Basil
  • Carrot
And here are the food-producing perennials I have:
  • Blueberry (2 bushes)
  • Raspberry ( a few canes)
  • Strawberry (about 42 square feet)
  • Peach (one very productive dwarf tree)
  • Cherry (one struggling dwarf tree)
  • Asparagus (small bed providing only a few stalks, so far)
  • Artichoke (one very mature plant that we actually took with us when we moved)

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