Originally Posted by mopowerbmx
An 8'x8' will feed a family of two all summer easily. All you need is squash tomatoes peppers cucumber and eggplant. Just keep seeds in the ground every three weeks and pull out the oldest. Three of everything should be perfect. I'm organic but if you keep Miracle Grow on it once a week it will be healthy and productive all season. Don't use pesticides. No need to bugs aren't as bad as you think. I've never sprayed and I have never had problems with bugs till fall. That's when they eat.
Mowpower, it sounds like you're right about where I want to be. My plan for the last couple of years has to been to produce almost all of my own meats, veggies, and fruits. I'm good on the meats but work and moving really set me back on the veggies and fruits last year. So I'm ready to go this year. The big thing I'm keeping in mind now is what to plant when so that I can keep stuff coming in all summer. I also figure I'll do a large crop in late summer of stuff that will store well to carry me through the winter like onions and potatoes.
My grandmother used to sell stuff at the farmer's market when I was little but I haven't gown anything on that scale in years. At the moment I don't have time to sell at the market even if I produced more but I'm hoping to be producing enough to be able to sell some things in a few years.
And for all ya'll stuck in the cold, it won't be for much longer! Daffodils are blooming here now and spring is just around the corner. Ya'll won't be far behind. And on a side note, the further north you are the greater your change in the length of days. Because ya'll are further north when it does warm up you'll have longer days than us. That means more sun light and more productive gardens when you do get to plant.