I need to learn to take my own advice.
Or, at least take Noah Sanders’ advice:
“One year I wanted to grow some corn. I wanted a lot of corn. So I took a field around an acre (we live in the hills so this is a large area of flat ground for us) and plowed it up and planted it with corn. Long story short I didn’t get any corn from that field. The weeds took over despite my best efforts with the limited equipment I had and the coons got any corn that did grow. Compare that with another patch of corn I planted that was much, much smaller, around 30 feet by 80 feet. I was able to generously fertilize the plot using chickens and then was easily able to weed it and even fence it. The corn was tall and beautiful and we had delicious sweet corn, plenty to freeze and sell! And it was a lot more fun to care for.
Planting a garden that is too big is a common mistake that can rob your family of the joy of gardening.”
Yeah, I’ve been there. We tilled up tons of lousy soil and planted great big gardens at our previous rental property. The yields weren’t great, and we were overtaxed taking care of it.
It’s best to go small and do excellently, rather than do something big badly.