Grow a lot on a small plot - Blueprints for a thriving garden, permaculture food forest on your urban lot or homestead

August 20, 2021

Photo dump of diagrams, blueprints, books, and other materials for producing food on a small plot to get your creativity flowing.

Thanks to everyone who answered the call and sent these in via Facebook and Twitter.

100-Foot Farm

A Victory Garden for a Family of Five

Notice this olde infographic was issued by the Illinois State Council of Defense. Looks like they might have wanted you to be self sufficient back then, how times have changed!

Uncle Sam Expects You To Keep Hens and Raise Chickens

A Homestead on One-Tenth of an Acre

Sustainable Backyard

Self Sufficient Backyard

Link to Ron and Johanna’s book: selfsufficient-backyard.com/my-book/

Half-Acre Farm

Doodle by Collin

Thanks Collin

Book: Self-Sufficient Life by John Seymour

Thriftbooks link: here

Amazon link: here

Continuation of his work by Will Sutherland

Seven Layers of a Forest Garden

Rabbits can be fed on

Growing Barrels Of Potatoes

How To Build And Use Your Potato Box

Concentrated mushroom farming in the forest

Vertical garden aquaponics diagram

Book: Vertical Gardening by Derek Fell

Book: The Ultimate Guide to Homesteading: An Encyclopedia of Independent Living by Nicole Faires

Barnes and Noble link: here

Amazon link: here

Have a Victory Garden

More wartime propaganda, the good kind.

“Eat what you can, and can what you can’t eat.”

One acre family of four layout

One Acre Farm

Five Acre Farm

Live cycle flow diagram art

1943 Book: The “Have-More” Plan

Thriftbooks link: here

Amazon link: here

Infographic: How big a backyard do you need to live off of the land?

Optimistic, but still interesting.

Full resolution via reddit

Sample groundplan for a small mixed farm design

Justin Rhodes video: What I learned from the Back To Eden Garden

Link to video: here

Solitary farmer works his micro plot

“If you could show the cabbage that I planted with my own hands to your emperor, he definitely wouldn’t dare suggest that I replace the peace and happiness of this place with the storms of a never-satisfied greed.”

A quote from Diocletian, stated when he was begged to return to the throne. (Aurelius Victor, Epitome de Caesaribus 39.6)





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