If I get to have the farm house, I want it for the garden. I think what I would do is place square straw bales to form large raise garden beds. I would cover the straw bales with a mud plaster. I would place wood on the top of the bales to act like a bench. In the center of the beds I would do something like this no dig method to build up good soil. At the very top I might place drip lines to water the plants. I then would have a low maintainance vegtable, and flower garten. It would take loads of work to set up, but very little work to maintain.