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Looks like you've been very busy this season! Good for you. Regarding the bucket watering method, yours is similar to mine. I use buckets for exactly the same reason: to be able to meter how much water I'm giving. It works better than guessing :D My potato harvest this year was much better for it!
 

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it speeds it up for me ,i can hit them with a five gallon bucket in each hand and in a few minutes i know they got a gallon of water,,this was the driest year i have ever seen here and to keep all the trees alive was a task i am glad to have got done ,, besides after i can use the bucket to start different plants in to transplant whenever i get a chance

lol can you tell i like ice cream?
 

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put the thorn babies [goose berries] to bed for winter, i am using the "strawberry" bed,,,it was tilled ,,,enriched, and covered in cardboard and wood chip mulched,, but only had 1 crown grow, so under the plastic is mulched cardboard as you can see in first pic ,,,i dished it out under each pot[moved mulch] ,so there is a water reservoir under each pot . with the mulch on top of plastic it will protect it from sun ,,, and keep the bed under it weed free
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started to harvest "seed potato" patch,, almost a 5 gallon bucket out of 1/4 of patch , so far going to plan ,a lot of the potatoes are about chicken egg sized so no need to cut in spring ,unless i really need to stretch the seed out

i sort of got the idea from another member here when he was talking about growing potato under low light [winter] to get larger potatoes to make seed,, if i recall correct it was mountain?
 

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in above pic you can see the top of the propagation/strawberry bed,, it goes to other corner of garden so its dimension is 62x4

the hostas were in compost ,and i had read they were edible so why not lol, next bed down is Egyptian walking onions

from there down a good ways is asparagus plants

this was a good day of tilling ,and about two gallons of gas,,this ground has been being improved[compost / horse manure] with growing for several years,, this year was a till to better depth and to weed year so not planted this year
 

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How much of your veggies do you grow then? All you can eat? Half? How many square feet do you have under cultivation?
usually i grow more than i stand a chance of eating, or putting away ,,,but i dont buy many veggies or potatoes and besides the work involved the extra i sell most years pays for all the cost plus

well lol i got at least a acre i have tilled and gardened at one time or another, some of its been turned into berry beds and other longer term crops like asparagus or left fallow a year or so ,, and if you include the newer fruit trees [planted this spring] i am doing over a acre

the above plot could pretty well give me enough veg and spuds for a year if i put most of it into root crops and added a few rows of beans ect in there

just a rough guess but given a good year and the help to plant /take care of i think what i got going could feed several people a good percent of their food needs ,might get boring ,,,spuds ,,,beets ,,,carrots and stew type veggies and allow a couple people to hunt /fish to help add protein and flavor to harvest
 

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Discussion Starter · #233 · (Edited)
i wish i knew how to strip the info from google maps so i could show how i got my place set up, part of what i do here is to prep my place so if TSHTF i stand a chance of eating and helping a few people out even if it turns into a long term problem

my other belief is that its sort of a duty to improve the ground you own ,,,not so much for me as for the future owners in a lot of ways , i have planted trees [ Butternuts native 2 zones south of me] that usually do not bear for 15 or so years and only start to really bear after 20+, my chance of getting a crop is slim ,,,but sometime someone might find them and get some good from them
 

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Have you tried screen shots? That might work when all else fails.

I can relate about the fruit bearing trees. Getting plums to eat has been a many year journey, even though the trees I've planted were supposed to bear in 3-6 years. Garden and learn :)
 

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in first pic above is row of asparagus and to the left is 3 beds of raspberries


second pic is a few fruit trees that are struggling but still holding on ,,to the right of trees is some asparagus i started in a planter 4 years ago ,,,transplanted at 2 years old,, this is hopefully the bed for asparagus i got in propagation bed given enough plants its planned for 4 100 foot long rows
 
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