A Garden in the Pig Pen

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We are so happy that spring weather is here and we can get started with our gardens!  Of course, we are planting our house garden (there will be a post about this soon!), but it really isn’t big enough to plant the things that take space.  We like lots of room for zucchini, yellow squash, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, watermelon and cantaloupe.  We have other spots where we have planted these things in the past, but this year we have found a new, and well fertilized spot for those delicious items.  THE PIG PEN!

This year we are not raising a pig.  The last one we had is gone, and we still have plenty of meat in the freezer for Mr. One Ash and myself to enjoy.  So the question arose about what to do with that empty pig pen this summer.  If we just left it then we would have weeds galore and not anything in there to munch them down.  Then we realized that after many years of pigs in this section, we have some really well fertilized soil.  We also thought about the benefits of giving another garden spot a rest. So…….out came the rototiller and Mr. One Ash, and we now have a new garden plot!  

Being successful on your homestead requires you to think outside the box. Just because something has been done a certain way for years doesn’t mean it can’t change!  Look around your homestead and try to think of alternative ways to use what you have.  You may just end up with a garden in the pig pen!!  

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