Next, we are visiting my sister Lori’s garden. Lori and I live very close (within walking distance) and we plan and plant our gardens together. Because Lori doesn’t have a large area to plant in her yard we usually plant a large crop of potatoes, along with the vegetables that her family eats daily.
Visiting Lori’s farm is truly a unique experience. From chicks to donkeys and everything in between, their family farm is a wonderful combination of animals and small farm charm.
Getting back to the garden, Lori has two, one in her front yard and the other in the back field. The one in the front yard is where this year we are growing all of our potatoes, and she has some zucchini and tomato plants for daily use. In the back garden is squash and pumpkin, things that can be left to grow on their own and harvested later in the season.
The workload is shared between Lori and I for our garden’s, we share the produce from our gardens equally. It makes gardening a social event for us, since we are able to visit while working together. Our shared garden has benefits when one of us is unable to get into it, sharing the workload we also share the responsibility. Letting us both step away from the garden for a few days at a time without the garden suffering.
Between the gardens at Lori’s and our house we are able to feed both of our families fresh vegetables, and have enough to put away for winter.
When visiting Lori’s we also get to visit Andrina, my horse. In trade for keeping her at their place (where she has access to a barn and fenced fields) our brother-in-law uses the hay from our fields.
Do you trade or barter for things on your homestead or farm?