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Raised beds are a good bet for vegetable gardening at your cottage, camp homestead or even your house in the city. Here we figure out how to make terraced raised beds to create cascading garden planters. Our plan is to plant a ‘three sisters’ garden – which consists of corn, beans and squash, along with other vegetables too. The best place to do this on our property is on a steep hill because the spot gets a lot of sun. Building a terraced garden is also a great way to make use of a steep hill that may be otherwise unused, and it leaves flatter spaces on your property for other projects and activities.
Stick around and watch the garden come together in the following videos. There will be an additional two terraces to come, as well as other work in and around the gardens to make them easier to access and more efficient to maintain. Before we plant, we’ll also be filling these with topsoil, manure and mixing in our natural, sandy glacial till to create rich soil. We’re not experts at this and are learning as we go to an extent. We’re finding that the more we learn, the more interested we become in it all. I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch, but if all goes well, we should have a surplus of food and I’m looking forward to preserving and storing some of it so that I can venture off onto some of my longer canoe trips carrying with me only the food that I’ve grown and harvested myself. So, if all goes well, after the fall harvest we will be drying and canning much of what we yield.
On a bit of a side note, I think farming is one of the most under-discussed things when it comes to the bushcraft, survival and wilderness living world. It seems to be more thought of as a homesteading thing which indeed it is, in addition to a practical hobby in the city and country alike. But if you’re ever going to truly make a steak at surviving long term in the wilderness, growing your own food in climates where it’s possible is something that could really make a difference in your health and long term survival. In fact, most indigenous people of the northeast and beyond relied on plant agriculture for a large portion of their sustenance. In some environs, hunting and gathering can be less work than farming, however, it is less of a guarantee and more challenging to sustain larger populations.
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