I have finally added up last year’s garden totals. Spring is officially here- not that it looks or feels like Spring- and it’s time to start planning next year’s garden in earnest. Last year was the first time I kept track of the weight of (almost) everything that came out of the garden. As you may recall, we had to replant the garden last year because we lost some things (like the majority of the potatoes) to, mainly, the chickens. This year, all the fences are in place (and we have no goats) so hopefully losses will be kept to a minimum! Nonetheless, we didn’t do too bad and a few things did phenomenally. Still, I hope to plant more of most of the following things this year.
*to keep it simple I’ll just add a * to signify that at least a pound of this item was not weighed before we ate or gave away it – not counting snacking in the garden.
Spinach/Swiss Chard – 3.5lb*
Beet- thinnings only -1.25lb
Peas (sugar snap)- 2.25lb
Peas (shell peas in pod)- 6.87lb
Onion- thinnings only- 1.25lb
Red Onions- 6
Pac Choy- 10oz*
Beets- 7 bunches
Broccoli- 1lb 10oz*
Green Beans- 3lb
Patty Pan Squash-2lb
Tomatoes- 2- 5 gal. pails
Potatoes- milk crate sized box full
Celeriac- 4 large & 2- gal ziplock bags of small ones
Cauliflower- 7 heads
Cabbage- 3 or 4 medium heads
It would be interesting to figure out how much it would actually cost to buy all that!
Changes for next year:
Cucumbers just didn’t have enough time so starting some indoors this year, along with cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli, if I can find the room for them.
Do an earlier 2nd planting of broccoli, green beans, peas, and pac choy.
Carrots got us through half the year so double on those. More potatoes, onions and winter squash. Fall turnips, pac choy.
Try growing sweet potatoes. Finally get asparagus crowns, maybe raspberry canes?
Had trouble with flea beetles last year so planning on planting some mustard as a decoy crop.