I have been a gardener for all my adult life, but have not always had a place to plant, “well I did” but just didn’t see it, until I bought a small lot in Raleigh NC. I got this house and lot with a small area in the back, that had a flower bed about four feet wide by fifteen feet long and I used this area after I amended the soil the first year, to plant tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and a little mixed salad greens. I did this for about seven years with pretty good results, we managed to can a few things and ate fresh vegetables during the growing season.
In the Spring of 2007 things for us changed when my wife was diagnosed with a rare liver disease that had no cure, just treatment until she could get a transplant. In 2008 late December she got that transplant and recovery has been great. This got me thinking of ways to save and possibly earn some extra money to help pay for those high cost anti-rejection drugs. I tilled up more ground and made the 4×15 feet area to 12×30 feet, and opened another bed at the low end of our lot sized 10×20 feet, then I got some old washing machines and took them apart, got the drums out and painted them for planters,built some wooden planters, about eight sized 36 inches wide by 46 inches long and 13 inches high, great for growing cucumbers and squash.
I built a compost bin and moved the old compost pile to the bin and started making compost for fertilizer. A few years back I had planted some fruits trees, but didn’t take care of them like I should have. I trimmed, feed,and sprayed the trees.
Next thing we did was tilled and amended the soil and filled planters with amended soil and added compost. I went to Hudson Hardware Store in Garner NC and bought seeds, plants and supplies, we spent about $23.00. We waited about a week before we planted the seed, but the plants was planted right away in the planters. We started harvesting squash, cucumbers, Swiss chard, egg plants, onions, tomatoes, mixed greens, peppers, just before and right after the 4Th of July and we managed to sell a lot of our crop after we used our share.
Once you get your soil amended and weeded the first time , then the labor is at a minimum. I since have started small gardens for other people in the area. This has become to us, a business from a need to save money, I make planters for sell, I till garden spaces for price per square foot, I market our fruits and vegetables and sell at home and any place we can set-up and do business.
My fruit trees are doing great, this 2010 season, we canned 23 quarts of peaches, 11 quarts of tomatoes and made and sold apples and pies. The plums were bigger and sweeter this year and I planted four more fruits and three hazelnut trees. As small as my lot is I know anyone could make use in their yard, and use Mother Nature and a little back-bone to save and profit from a small garden in your Town or City anywhere in the world. It’s nice to save and make or earn a profit, but once you start you will garden just for the love of it.
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