Thinking about the benefits of renting, I always ask myself, "why would I want a bigger yard when there's so much work to do in even a small yard?" We currently have 1/16th of an acre. Definitely not enough for subsistence farming. I used a website to map out our current garden layout. (http://www.smallblueprinter.com/garden/planner.html)
To determine what would grow the best (and where in the yard to put it), I took a series of photographs each hour. This was in response to the new arbor and also to the City of Glendale who came by and chopped down so many branches of the Magnolia tree out in front of our house. I had lots more veggies out there that didn't survive without Momma Magnolia's dense shade.
Another great thing that happened this year is that I started composting again. One of my neighbor's plants started spreading a powdery mildew that attacked my garden. I treated the leaves with dormant oil and baking soda (via spray bottle) then started composting near the original host plant. It seems like it's coming back healthier than before. I hope she flowers this spring.
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