October 23, 2022
former farm boy Ryan Doyle visited for a few days and helped us kick off a garden. if all goes well this operation will expand into multiple acres and upgrade its title to Farm.
- * 21 bags of 2 cu. ft soil ($11.99 /each)
- * 8 bags of 1 cu. ft soil ($4.47 /each)
- * 2 spray paints ($5.87 /each)
- * circular saw + sawzaw kit from Ryobi ($199)
- * 1 gallon of black paint ($45.98)
- * paint rollers ($11.97)
- * paint tray ($2.24)
- * fertilizer from a nearby farm ($100)
- * saw horse (already on the property)
- * gravel for water retention (already on the property)
- * lots of labor
there are 4 varieties of garlic spread across 5 raised beds that are 6x3' each; Russian, German, Korean, Georgian. approximately 60 cloves were planted in each box, so if all goes well this will yield 60 bulks => 480 new cloves next year.
at $172.60 all-in for each box, these won't be turning a profit anytime soon. but the lessons learned in basic wood-working, crop planning, and cameraderie are well worth the investment.
mistakes made (lessons learned)
* don't use spray paint for more than 20-30 sq feet of surface area
* don't use scrap wood when you need right angles (our Russian box is the prototype)
Spent: $863.82 | Time: 15.0 hours