Please Note – there was a major math error in today’s show which will create a future “Jack Was Wrong Segment”. I don’t know why but in this show I said 208 x 4 was 2,496. This is clearly wrong the correct number was 832.
This should of made the tree counts 80 at 10 feet and 40 at 20 feet spacings. This is what happens when you do math in your head on the fly I guess, given 208x4x3 is 2,496 I guess I was thinking in yards and talking in feet. In a round about way I guess I put my foot in my mouth!
There is no hard rule as to how much land is “enough” and in fact the question itself is generally flawed. The person asking such a question is generally asking it as such, “How much land is enough to provide 100 percent of my needs”? The reason said question is flawed is simply that you are NOT going to provide 100% of your needs, on your own, from any piece of land.
There are a number of reasons that this is the case. The biggest reason though is simply man hours. A piece of land can only yield so much production and each square foot of land under cultivation requires human interaction.
Even a wild berry bush must be picked if one is to eat berries. Sure hens lay eggs and a small flock is a great addition to your homestead if you can do it, but they must be fed, watered, housed, culled, etc.
Today I want to take a different look at this question, by applying 10 more questions to it, they are,
- How much land do you have to work with?
- What climate type are you in and hence what can you easily grow?
- How much time do you have to work on the property weekly?
- Of the things that grow where you live, which do you most like to eat?
- What type of budget and time line do you have for improving your land?
- How long do you plan to own the property?
- Do you just want personal production or some sort of income?
- What laws and restrictions must be considered in your area?
- Will you actively live on the land in question?
- How will you store and deal with the surplus beyond immediate use?
From there we will take a look at how I might design a simple square 1 acre property.
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