Where the small chicken coop stands now used to be 40x80 foot grand barn. Sigh, I do wish it was still here. You can see the forms of the raised garden beds, which I have already dismantled (we are using that wood to burn for boiling the sap).
There is also a small building we call "the white house" which we havent decided on a use for as yet.
Mostly, this overview helps me to see sun and shade patterns. It also helps me to see zones of activity, so we can plan the best location for things like the greenhouse, and fencing and gates.
The photo was taken probably close to this time of year, (I am guessing early April) so the shade patterns help me to see where areas of sun should be in the later spring and summer, for garden planning. I ask the question, "once those large oaks in the bottom left leaf out, how much shade will they cast on the hillside there?" Will it be sunny enough to plant the new apple trees? It seems that there is going to be a great deal of shade.. maybe too much for the apples.
Maybe a better location for the garden would be behind the white house, where it should still get mostly full sun, and it wont be so likely to interfere with paddocks and driveway patterns when the new barn is built. To some extent, this is the time to make big changes, like moving the garden, since we plan to tear down the garage and barn and rebuild. On the other hand, our resources are limited, and we may need to work with whats here.
Lots of thinking to do!