Kay’s 200 sq m Garden Plan Created Using the Koanga Garden Planner For Self Reliance in Annual vegetables, seeds and grains
Bob and I have just finished 12 months of eating only our own food, not buying anything from the supermarket at all except for salt (from health supplier) and a handful of organic imported spices. It was actually fairly easy and we have no intention of changing back to the supermarket, only going forward from here.
We have been on this site for 3 years and the soil was very poor pumice based soil to begin with.
We have built it up using fertiliser based on the work of Dr Carey Reams and lots of our own amazing compost, as well as recently added clay!.(to increase the cation exchange capacity, and speed up the process of soil building )
We combine Biointensive methods with Biological Agriculture and achieve outstanding results. See Kay’s garden blog for more details.
This year we are going to keep a careful track of everything that goes in and out of this garden, including the brix levels, and publish that in my monthly garden blogs. We’re still learning a lot from our garden, and loving every minute in it…
100% of vegetables grains and seeds (eating a Weston Price Diet)
This is a serious attempt to design a garden that supplies all of our (Bob and myself) annual vegetables, grains, and seeds, including enough for fermenting and storing so that we have a diverse range of high brix food year round, in a space that feels possible for us to garden intensively.
It is designed so that we can save our own seed of almost everything… some things are hard to do in small gardens and seed saving requires co operation amongst neighbours, which we do for those crops… eg brassicas, and some require hand pollination to keep the seed, eg pumpkins, (alternatively cultivars could be seriously restricted for ourselves and neighbours, however we choose to have the diversity which feels like luxury and means less likelihood of feeling like diving off to the shop for some ‘junk food’. For people wanting to learn to grow their own food seriously and save seeds in case of economic collapse, this is a real model for self reliance.
Carbon Efficient Crops to Supply All of our Compost needs for high production and Soil Building
The garden is designed so that half of the garden each season is in carbon efficient crops, so that we know we have enough high quality carbon to make enough compost, so that we have 2cm of compost to apply to every bed each time it is planted, which is the optimal amount to be growing soil and producing heavy quality crops.
The garden is also designed so that there is a rotation from heavy feeders to roots and legumes to carbon, then carbon again.
This garden design also includes 40 sq m of Flour Corn. We grow Bloody Butcher because of the super high levels of high lignon carbon it produces, and also the weight of corn seed. We mostly use this to sprout and feed to our chickens. Two years ago when the soil was far less mineralized than it is now we produced 1 kg of dry seed per sq m of bed. I believe we can at least double that if not 3x that weight. https://www.koanga.org.nz/two-people-living-off-a-200sqm-garden-plan-included/If we can do that we should be able to produce all the grain needed to feed our chickens, at a rate of 30 gms a day of dry corn which we sprout to become 70 gms per day of sprouted corn. We have the chickens in a forest garden also designed to produce a lot of chicken food, as well as serious soldier fly farms.
Food to Give Away
As our soil gets better and better our beds are producing heavier crops and at this size garden we are sure we’ll have a lot f vegetables in season to give away to family and friends and neighbors
This garden has some built in income streams. I will be saving several seed lines to sell to Koanga tomatoes, peppers and eggplants, corn and carrots, as well as 20 sq m to plant into winter vege to supply Koanga with veges for the Spring PDC
As well as this 200 sq m annual vege garden we have 50 sq m of perennial vegetables including 8m of Purple asparagus, 5m of Purple Globe Artichokes, 4m of Seakale, 1m of Welsh Bunching onions and 2m of Rhubarb.
This style of crop rotation and planning is explained in detail in the Koanga Garden Planner. This is a must have if you want to get serious about your home garden!