LIVING OFF THE LAND

Birds eye view. The Rose Bowl stadium shown in top left photo.

So, we kick off the new year with a new challenge – growing more food than ever thought possible on our small plot of land in the city. We’ve had inklings for some time now that our property could be even more productive but how much more was the question.

For those of you who are just new to PTF. Here’s how it works: We can’t raise enough rice, cheese & butter, dried beans, wheat, or toilet paper (grin) for our small clan, so we sell our surplus specialty produce to clients. Money earned goes to buy the staples we can’t grow. So, directly or indirectly, we are living off our tiny piece of land.

Are you as excited as we are over this challenge? Of course, we had our initial burst of excitement – then reality hits as doubts start to creep in. A legendary golfer said “I never learned anything from a match that I won.

Latest Vegas odds are at a 1/10th chance – what do you think?

Stay tuned for “Grow for Ten” developments and much more. Thanks to yoursupport we are slowing Growing the Future

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  1. brad says:

    When you create a new bed or planting area, do you have to bring in soil? Or is the native soil sufficient? Or do you generate enough compost that you can fill in a new area such as this tree-planting bed?

  2. ValP says:

    I noticed the grids over your raised beds. Are they what you use for plant spacing? If so, are they permanent to the bed or are they removable for crop rotation? Good idea!

    Rebates on fruit trees? That is great!

    I am guessing I found your website late 2006. I am sure you are quite familiar with the comments from neighbors and family. Who would of thought city gardens would be so shocking? Your website encouraged me that we aren’t the only ones.

  3. Claire says:

    I’m excited about your 10,000-lb. challenge. I’m sure you can do it!

    Also, have you considered grafting onto your existing fruit trees as a way to get more variety and maybe increase the harvest? If so, January is when the local chapters of the California Rare Fruit Growers Assn. has their scion exchanges (open to the public). For a very small entrance fee, you can pick lots of varieties of all kinds of fruit scions for grafting and budding.

  4. mohammad says:

    Hi – Happy New Year! I LOVE reading your blog. I have linked yours to my little attempt of self-sustaining on my blog. QUESTION: what do you use for the borders of the beds? regular wood that you can buy at a lumber store?

    Thanks!!
    Mohammad.
    http://www.weekendfarmer.blogspot.com

  5. Eric says:

    With previous harvests at 6000 and 5500 pounds, I’m curious what plans you have to almost double those previous figures…

  6. Lee says:

    Wow the 10k challenge is something else! I am looking forward to this year just to see how it goes for y’all. Though to be honest even a failure at 9, 8 or 7k would still be one heck of a success! I sure hop you make it though, I know you’ll be trying your hardest!

  7. Risa says:

    I know you can do it!

    With most of your building projects out of the way you can sink a lot more time into the garden. I wish I was that far along. Our roof still leaks.

    I envy your winter garden. I was born and raised in Hawaii. Now I live (and love it) in the rockies. But sometimes you don’t make it easy. Ha

  8. Susan says:

    I am basing my bet on the goats- once they start producing milk, that will increase the poundage. Actually, even as I write this, I don’t know if you weigh your eggs, if those count toward your total, or if we are just talking about produce?