A few years ago, I discovered the square foot gardening method. With the hard clay soil in my yard, I was appreciative of the raised bed idea. My first garden contained some loose leaf lettuce, beans, peas, squash and peppers in a 4 foot square. The lettuce, beans and peas grew very well, while the peppers died quickly and the squash never produced any fruit. Last year, I planted too early and lost my entire garden to a late frost. This year I plan to expand to several larger beds and many new crops. I am also exited to try preserving, canning, drying and storing my harvest. I have taken a strong interest in anything that will help my family become more independent. I love the idea of getting my food from a location I can visit any time, such as a backyard garden, a local ranch, or eggs from a neighbor.
Over the past few years; I have noticed many people and businesses in flagstaff striving to live a simpler, more locally based life. With this observation in mind, the thought seed for this blog was planted. The focus of this blog will be promoting a back-to-basics way of life that includes backyard and neighborhood gardens, cooking from scratch, a spotlight on businesses that promote a local economy, and reviews on products that help us become more self-sufficient as individuals, and as a community.
If you have any suggestions for businesses, products, recipes, or tips please let me know! Thanks for reading!
Here’s to a new, more self-sufficient year!!