Don’t laugh at some of these! Remember we’re still learning. I’m quite pleased with what we’ve been able to do this past year. It’s quite an improvement over 2008 and I’m very hopeful for what we can accomplish during the new year!
1 c. blackberries
3 qts. mulberries
210 lbs. pork, ham, sausage, & bacon
36 lbs. turkey
39 lbs. chicken
186 dozen eggs
7 1/2 oz. radishes (We only planted a couple, we don’t really care for them too much, but they’re always the first to be harvested & they’re easy to grow so I find them encouraging.)
16 lbs. 12 oz. Snap Peas
10 lbs. 3 oz. Cucumbers
13 lbs. 9 oz. Zucchini
9 lbs. 5 oz. Summer Squash
29 lbs. 5 oz. Cabbage
12- 1 gallon sized bags- lettuce
60 lbs. green beans (Wow!!! Too bad I don’t care for the variety we chose.)
1 lb. 8 oz. broccoli
26 lbs. 7 oz. potatoes
67 ears of corn (Quite an improvement from last year, when we had our entire crop eaten by coons.)
1 lb. 12 oz. carrots (First successful year growing carrots! We’ve been trying for 4 years now.)
2 lbs. ll oz. tomatoes, slicing (Thanks a million, late blight!)
11 lbs. tomates, paste
3 lbs. 12 oz. pumpkin (This weight is the cooked, pureed weight- we only plant a few, usually for seed snacking, but I decided to try the flesh this year.)
1 sweet potato (Again, my first ever & not bad considering the bunnies had the plants down to stubs at one point.)
Our cantaloupe, green & red peppers, onions, & celery crops were all an abysmal failure. I won’t be discouraged entirely though, as we experienced unseasonably cool weather this summer.
It’s time to start planning our goals for the homestead next year, an event which I love! It always helps quicken the dreary winter days when you’re looking forward to warm spring weather.
I am so glad I found your blog again! Congratulations on your harvest! Looks good. If your intrested in suggestions. Try blue lake bush beans. Yummy! We also grow cinderells pumpkins. They have extra flesh so you can get lots of puree out of one. We lost many of our tomatoes this year to blight and cool weather.
We started getting our catalouges inthe mail. makes me anxious for spring, of course we are moving so we will see how our garden does this year is we can even get one in.
This is actually the first year we strayed from Blue Lake as we tried to grow up, but I saw (and already ordered) the pole variety of Blue Lake because we all just absolutely love them! (KW are barely palatable imo- even slathered in butter, s&p!) One of the things I love the best about gardening is that it shortens the long winter as we anticipate spring planting. I’ll be starting onion seedlings in just a few weeks- I can hardly wait. Thanks for the pumpkin suggestion- I’ll definitely look into it.
Happy New Year!