We live on a “frozen bit of ledge” as a UNH agronomist told Lisa after hearing that she lived in Marlow. I would add that it’s a frozen bit of ledge with no drainage. I believe the technical term is “hydric soil”. We simply have no place to garden without raised beds.
Lisa has identified a tractor-accessible north-facing slope. If I take the backhoe out there this weekend, before the ground freezes, and dig some holes, I should actually buy trees to put in them next spring.
As we ramp up production, we need to figure out a way to sell temporary surpluses of perishable items. Maple syrup and frozen meat aren’t problems. They keep, so we have plenty of time to sell them. So far the only issue has been eggs. Every so often we have a few extra dozen. We also intermittently have goose and duck eggs. So far, we’ve simply canned or frozen extra veggies. If not next year, then in 2012 I hope to start having even more veggies than we can use ourselves. But it won’t be enough for a regular farmer’s market.
Fences, fences, fences.