With food prices continuing to rise and the number of families unsure of where their next meal is coming, it is important to display a sense of self sufficiency. For obvious reasons not every household will be able to grown an entire farm with chickens, beef, and fruits on their property, but many healty staples can be produced and harvested in a small amount of space. This design encourages organic practices and use of local materials. compost will be used as the base soil because it is rich in nutrients and does not contain chemicals. A common practice with growing fruits and vegetables is called companion planting, or the close planting of different plants that enhance each other’s growth or protect each other from pests. Another way the design protects against pest is the raised enclosed garden beds. Rabbits and deer are very common in rural parts of New Jersey.
For drainage, small holed mesh will be used as the base of the bed. In case of a dry spell, old wine barrels are placed in the back corners to collect rainwater. A small nozzle will be attached so that buckets can distribute the water. Since this is a seasonal garden, plants will be rotated in and out in regards to the time of year. Therefore, the soil will be nutrient balanced and vegetables will always be ready for eating. Before leaving for Argentina I completed the frame. Now that I am back I cannot wait for the weather to warm up so that I can finish building and plant my seeds.