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I found your site while looking for a recipe for smoked pepper hot sauce. Perfect recipe. My husband and I live in town (NW Iowa) on 5000 sf. I garden most of it. We do not have a traditional garden. I grow pole beans up our deck. Tomatoes along the fence line. Peppers in large pots on the deck. We have spire apples, 2 fig trees, potato boxes, cabbage in buckets, swiss chard, kale, herbs, summer and winter squash, plus flowers. We put in 3 water barrels to water the plants. I can, freeze, and dehydrate everything. Next year we’ll figure out meat rabbits and chickens.
Top pic are: pole beans (they have now filled-in and our deck is very private), purple basil, zinnias, jalapenos, serranos, shasta daisy, rosemary, and petunias. Along the fence are tomatoes. We plant 2 tomato plants per stake (t-post and a portion of cattle panel).
Please disregard the clothesline. It was in use the day of the picture. Lol.
The bottom pic is 1 of the pots of eggplant on the patio. Along the garage are garlic chives, lovage, sedum, and marrow.
We grow everything from seed and this year, I’m learning to save seeds.
We do have a compost area at the back corner of our property. We put all kitchen scraps, lawn clippings, garden pits, and recycle our potting soil.
Thank you for your blog.
Even in a little bit of space you can make an impact on your food budget, plus have fun experimenting with new vegetables and recipes.
The water barrels are a good idea as well. That’s something we need to work on.
Yesterday we picked up our new greenhouse from a freight shipping outlet in Pensacola. It’s from this wonderful family company in Missouri. We’ll film getting it set up.
The long-term goal is to build our nursery up so we can ship around the country and have lots of inventory. Right now we only have enough space to do the occasional plant sale. But with a greenhouse and a much larger cleared area, we’ll be able to expand into a solid business.
It starts with a few pots on the porch, then next thing you know you’re the Alabama warlord of perennial edibles…