I'm not one to make personal resolutions, but I have made a little list of projects and ideas to accomplish on Red Bucket Farm in 2012. In no particular order:
1. Plant fewer brussels sprouts and fertilize weekly with chicken poop tea. Last year's brussels sprouts grew big and leafy and took a huge amount of space, but produced almost nothing. I'll plant far fewer plants and try to take better care of them. Remember that brussels sprouts are huge feeders.
2. Create a rain water storage system under the eaves (see photo above). Remove the raised bed and recycle the lumber for other projects. Since commercially available water barrels are trendy and pricey, this will take some creativity.
3. Build a raised bed between the clothesline and the blueberry terrace, approximately 12' x 3'.
4. Plant more currants on the south side of the house. Black currants, red currants, champagne currants?
5. Replant the former juniper hill with something perennial, fruitful, and winter hardy---perhaps blackberries. (same photo above)
6. Plant all available containers with herbs and vegetables. Remember that carrots and potatoes will work here as well as herbs, tomatoes and peppers. Empty containers are a waste. Place containers in sunny spaces, perhaps on the retaining wall or bee yard. Watch that the chipmunks don't destroy these crops.
7. Plant more root vegetables and/or storage crops such as squash and potatoes, perhaps in new raised bed. (Companion plant marigolds with potatoes for organic bug control.)
8. Built root pantry storage space in garage, insulated to stay just above freezing in the winter.
9. Plant much more parsley. Lot and lots. (Remember that tabbouleh uses two cups of minced parsley leaves.)
10. Plant hops on arbor (remove grape vines.) Research the right hops for beer making. Also, remember that hops are a good tonic for the chickens (flowers only!)
That's my list for now. All plans are subject to change without notice. Happy New Year!