11 Mistakes We Made Establishing a 5,000 Square Foot Garden

When my husband and I moved to our southwest Michigan homestead in the winter of 2018, one of the first priorities was establishing a massive garden.

We dreamed of freezers filled with greens, a pantry piled high with preserved tomatoes, and enough pumpkins and butternut squash to supply us in creamy soups throughout the year.

The first step was choosing a space on our 34-acre property that was close enough to the house for easy access without the risk of being shaded out by the tall maples that lined the drive.

We settled on an eastern patch of exhausted hay field, tilled it up, and bordered it with five-foot fencing. In all, the space measures approximately 50 feet by 100 feet, for about 5,000 square feet of gardening space.

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