I should disclose that much of my interest in growing my own food is motivated by what I have read about the problems associated with Peak Oil. Yeah, it's scary, but ignoring it doesn't make it go away.
This is the before photo of our beautiful double wide driveway. We decided we really didn't need this much non-permeable surface in the yard. And we do need more dirt for more plants, so...
All busted up, ready to be used for stepping stones.
This what it looked like after I turned the dirt a little, dirt that has been under cement for about 30 years. I added some straw and coffee grounds and compost. I'll seed it with fava beans, and buckwheat, as a cover crop, which I'll turn under as green manure.
And just like that, about 130 additional square feet of dirt becomes available for plants.
Ah, finally a string of days in the 70s. And the plants have been loving it. Tiny tomatoes have appeared on the Oregon Star and the Sungolds. Scarlet Runner Beans are reaching towards the tip top of the teepee. And the Spinach is fading, which is a reliable sign that spring is done and summer is here.
The girls turn 18 weeks old this week, so the eggs should start rolling in any day now.