urban to land where do you start

Ponchatoula, LA

urban to land where do you start. help fill the land i have

This message was edited Oct 28, 2009 8:43 PM

Richmond, TX

I think everyone needs a vegetable garden; winter crops will do well there. And chickens which take a little more preparation but are well worth it. That's a start...

Moss Point, MS(Zone 8b)


You are blessed to be able to garden year round and grow almost anything you can think of. Ponchatula is the "STRAWBERRY CAPITAL OF THE WORLD".

LSU is a goldmine of pertinent info.

Also if you go to youtube and type in Cajun Gardener you will come away with loads of inspiration and how to info.

Port Norris, NJ(Zone 7b)


Plan first. Do you want to set aside an area for recreation?
Are you planning on an outside structure such as a gazebo or potting shed?
Is there a particularly sunny area you noticed where it would be best
to grow a garden?
What kind of veggies do you want to grow? Would they need a
bed or enclosed area? (good thing to do if there are deer, rabbits
or other creatures who would nibble on your crops.)
Is the area large enough to set a portion aside for an orchard
or to grow berries?
Are you planning to grow flowers? What types and how much room
would that area or areas need?

We have only 1 acre and as transplants ourselves we initially felt it
an enormous amount of land. Now its can we cram everything we
want in the space we have?

Yards are really personal and figuring out what you want to do and where you want to put it is the first step.

Good luck to you

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Curious ~ from your

urban to land
comment, did you just move from town? How much land are you wanting to "fill" ???

Panama, NY(Zone 5a)

Contact your Cooperative Extension, they can help you with soil tests and choosing plants appropriate to your area. They have programs with information on raising farm animals, the 4H program if you have children, Master Gardener classes - a wealth of information to get you started.

AND, don't be afraid to ask questions here - we're a pretty friendly bunch with a quite diverse group of farming styles.

Sapello, NM(Zone 5b)

Also... Don't get in over your head right from the get-go. Take your time, learn about your particular plot... how the seasons are.

Consider very carefully where you want your structures... it's one thing to let a garden bed go back to grass if you put it in an inconvenient place... it's a whole 'nother headache if you situate the barn wrong... like directly upwind of the house, or in the middle of a swale that collects water...

Think about harsh weather and just how far you want to struggle through it to care for the animals. You probably don't get deep snow, but do you get floods and how can you optimize you and your animals survival? High winds?

Think about deliveries of feed and supplies, how to get the vet truck in, and sorry but yes... what will the neighbors think. "Cause if you start off by getting crosswise of some folks, they can make your little patch of paradise a living hell.

And keep your dogs on your property... and if you don't, don't complain if they get shot.

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