5 hrs September 7, 2015 Walter Haugen
Okay, so you finally believe me that you have to grow at least some of your own food AND you are going to use low-energy, organic methods.
As soon as you start doing this, you will realize that you cannot possibly do all the weeding required. Then you will realize you have to cut bait and figure out which crops to weed and which to let go. Here is how to do that.
1) First you need a constant based on how much work you do and the size of your garden. You get this by dividing the hours per year by your square footage that year. Example: In 2014, I put in roughly 800 hours (a good estimate based on my past experience and what I do each day over the course of a year) and tilled up and planted 47,261 square feet (a little more than an acre). This gives me a constant of .017 for 2014. My constant for 2015 so far is .024, but I am not as efficient as last year because I have so many other things to do because of our pending move. […]