Someone was joking over the weekend that we have reduced our eight acre Montana farmette to 4/10 an acre. Its so true! Ironically, though, this 4/10 plot is far more productive than what we had in Montana. What a difference it makes to have good spoil teeming with earthworms, good water, and a long growing season! All that is missing is our chickens. And believe me, I have plans. Oh yes I do.
We have a wee orchard going on here on this plot. The trees are still quite young, but we are already seeing tiny cherries and peaches! Oh, and apples on a bizarre (to me) four-in-one tree. Four types of apples on one tree! How awesome is that? And, there are grapevines (apparently the previous owners made their own wine from their “harvest” last year), a plethora of raspberries, a few rows of strawberries, and a new apricot tree that Ben picked up at Sprouts Market recently.
I guess its fortuitous that I saved the steam canner that I discovered in Montana (its the lazy, ahem, “efficient” way to can for busy urban homesteaders!) More on that later.