8 Best Practices in Backyard Farming

As a SPIN farmer, you can pack a lot of best practices into a backyard. How many of these can you use, and add to?

1. small greenhouse-type structures, inexpensive and can be assembled easily, good for a variety of uses
2. compost area for organic garden and household waste
3. privacy fence for a touchy neighbor looking for any excuse to complain
4. walkways – these can be used as work areas for seed starting and transplanting, and also for container growing; also contributes to microclimate
5. microclimate- walkways, garage and house walls retain and generate heat, which allows for much a earlier spring start and extends the season much later in the fall
6. different types of planters and containers; here they are used to divide the plot into different production zones,
7. SPIN short beds (2′ wide x 10′ or 12′ long) gives you more beds in production lets you match your planting to the desired volumes needed; low-volume crops like herbs can be frown in smaller beds while high-volume crops like greens, radish and scallion can be planted on a staggered basis throughout the season
8. vertical growing – use walls to expand your space; example: a 100 sq. ft. of cucumbers can gross $96 – $120 over several weeks of harvest season

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