Starting from Scratch- What to do???
Starting from scratch
Several people have mentioned that they are starting with bare fields, or limited plantings of a few fruit trees and such. Where to start?
One place to start is with your survey from your house closing. Enlarge the survey and make a few copies. Draw in any features you especially need to consider, like a stream or pond, the septic field and tank, existing fruit trees and fences. Now you have a map to ponder, summer and winter, as you think and dream of what you can do.
Next, rough out your zone 1- the area you will most intensively garden and take care of. One easy way is: how far does your hose go? I keep extra lengths of hose to water plantings in zone 2 and 3, but they are only connected occasionally, so my zone one is really the area I keep a connected hose in. It helps to keep all containers of plants within zone one, and to have a nursery area for plants you buy or people give you here, also. This is very important because growing perennial plants for propagation and for good size will speed up your planting timetable in future years.
This year, start a bed for vegetables and herbs in zone 1. Sheet composting will save you the trouble of hauling compost from another site.
These are a few ideas to get started with. What ideas do you have?