Oh, my glory. How on earth did our ancestors ever survive? We're putting in six raised garden beds (for vegetables) down at the cabin. They're not large, only 4 feet by 8 feet with three foot paths between them. The fence we're putting in around them is a little over 30' x 26' in area. Big enough, but not huge when you compare the clearing that had to be done for our nation's farmland.
So how did they do it? I'm sore, tired and cranky after two days of chopping roots (we'd cleared the poplar stand earlier, but those roots are everywhere!), and hauling soil and compost. Mostly, though it's the roots that have me appreciating the intensive labor both native Americans and European settlers had to go through in order to farm.
Hats off to them!