How to Grow Your Own Food – Weigh In Wednesday

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This year my goal is to grow 2,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. I think I can do it. With 16 raised garden beds, a greenhouse, a raspberry patch and a few more planting beds sprinkled throughout our property, I believe growing 2,000 pounds of food is an attainable goal. Even if I do live right in the middle of high maintenance suburbia, and my neighbors think I’m nuts. ~Mavis

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Red Alert!

I need to find something VERY HEAVY to grow between now and the end of the year.  Any suggestions you might have would be great. Yikes!  Maybe I should start to looking into harvesting bark, or dandelions.  Hmmm. Remember the ornamental cabbage I planted a few weeks ago?  Well heck ya it’s going to be harvested.  Who knows, if I get really desperate, I might take up making mud pies again like I did when I was three years old, because technically I am enriching growing dirt, right?  I wonder what 675 pounds of homegrown dirt looks like.

Get a grip Mavis.  Get a grip.

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Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

Basil 1 lb 9 oz {how to make pesto}

Beans 21 lbs 3 {green bean salad, how to can green beans, dilly beans}

Beets 58 lb 20z {how to can beets}

Blueberries 4 lb 7 oz {mixed berry pie recipe}

Bok Choy 9 oz

Broccoli 4lb 14 oz {pasta salad with broccoli, carrots, and sun dried tomatoes}

Broccoli Rabb 1lb 6 oz {chickpeas with broccoli raab and bacon}

Cabbage 57 lb 0 oz {how to make sauerkraut}

Carrots 116 lbs 14 oz {carrot cake recipe}

Cauliflower 4 lbs 11 oz {cauliflower hummus rocks!}

Chives 1lb 3 oz {chalkboard painted herb pots}

Cucumbers 54 lbs 2 oz {cucumber salad}

Anna Swartz Hubbard Squash 184 lbs 1 ounces {Hubbard Squash Pie}

Golden Hubbard Squash 22 lbs 5 oz

Sweet Meat Squash 9 lbs 13 oz

Kale 2 lb 11 oz {how to make kale chips}

Lettuce 14 lb 6 oz {bbq chicken salad}

Mint 4 lbs 12 oz {Fresh Pea Salad with Spinach, Feta and Mint}

Onions 34 lbs 9 oz {Kentucky Fried Chicken Cole Slaw}

Oregano 4 lbs 15 oz

Mushrooms 9.25 oz {read more about how I grew mushrooms}

Peas 38 lb 13 oz {fresh peas and bacon recipe}

Pears 8 lbs 15 oz {how to make pear jam}

Peppers 5 lb 8 oz {Homemade Salsa}

Potatoes 70 lb 10 oz {potato soup recipe}

Howden Pumpkins 59 lbs 11 oz

Cinderella Pumpkins 45 lbs 4 oz {roasted pumpkin seeds}

French Pumpkin 13 lbs 4 oz

Jarrahdale Pumpkin 39 pounds 7 oz

Sugar Pie Pumpkins 3 lb 10 oz {how to make pumpkin puree}

Acorn Squash 1 lb 8 oz

Radish 16 lb 0 oz {how I bartered radishes for avocados}

Raspberries 2 lb 7 oz {how to make a raspberry buckle}

Spinach 2lb 5 oz {garlic spinach dip recipe}

Sprouts 10 oz {how to grow sprouts}

Strawberries 16 lbs 15 oz {dehydrated strawberries are awesome}

Swiss Chard 25 lb 0 oz  {rainbow Swiss chard recipe}

Tomatoes 106 lb  7 oz{roasted corn salad with tomatoes and feta}

Zucchini 257 lb 11 oz {how to make zucchini relish, zucchini salad, zucchini brownies}

Miscellaneous 8lbs 2 oz {This means we let someone come and pick vegetables, or did not get a chance to weigh them individually, and this was the total weight of all the vegetables combined}

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So that’s what I’ve grown so far this year… How about YOU?

How is YOUR garden doing?

Total Food Harvested in 2012: 1325 pounds 1.25 ounces

I have spent a total of $516.21 on seeds, soil, plants and supplies for this year.

The Self Sufficient Life and How to Live It is the only book that teaches all the skills needed to live independently in harmony with the land harnessing natural forms of energy, raising crops and keeping livestock, preserving foodstuffs, making beer and wine, basketry, carpentry, weaving baskets. ~ Amazon

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How to Grow Your Own Food – Weigh In Wednesday

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This year my goal is to grow 2,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. I think I can do it. With 16 raised garden beds, a greenhouse, a raspberry patch and a few more planting beds sprinkled throughout our property, I believe growing 2,000 pounds of food is an attainable goal. Even if I do live right in the middle of high maintenance suburbia, and my neighbors think I’m nuts. ~Mavis

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When I first started this challenge, I thought I would be selling our excess produce at the end of my driveway each week.  But as time wore on, the idea has sort of faded a bit.  Giving away food to the food bank, the local homeless shelter, and to random people on the street {free carrots and free zucchini} as well as bartering my my neighbors has been a blast.

If I wanted to earn some money, right now I think my big cash crop would be our heirloom pumpkins.  But at this point, I think we might just keep a few for ourselves, barter some with my neighbor Girly Girl {actually Chino, because I always get a better deal} and then donate the rest to our local woman’s shelter so some kids can have a really cool pumpkins to carve this year.

So even if I don’t break even, it was still worth it. It’s been one heck of an adventure, and to me, that’s worth more than money.

Life is good.  It’s even better when we share.

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Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

Basil 1 lb 9 oz {how to make pesto}

Beans 21 lbs 3 {green bean salad, how to can green beans, dilly beans}

Beets 58 lb 20z {how to can beets}

Blueberries 4 lb 5 oz {mixed berry pie recipe}

Broccoli 4lb 14 oz {pasta salad with broccoli, carrots, and sun dried tomatoes}

Broccoli Rabb 1lb 6 oz {chickpeas with broccoli raab and bacon}

Cabbage 57 lb 0 oz {how to make sauerkraut}

Carrots 116lbs 14 oz {carrot cake recipe}

Cauliflower 4lbs 11 oz {cauliflower hummus rocks!}

Chives 1lb 3 oz {chalkboard painted herb pots}

Cucumbers 51lbs 14 oz {cucumber salad}

Anna Swartz Hubbard Squash 184 lbs 1 ounces {Hubbard Squash Pie}

Golden Hubbard Squash 22 lbs 5 oz

Sweet Meat Squash 9 lbs 13 oz

Kale 2 lb 11 oz {how to make kale chips}

Lettuce 14 lb 6 oz {bbq chicken salad}

Mint 4 lbs 12 oz {Fresh Pea Salad with Spinach, Feta and Mint}

Onions 32 lbs 5 oz {Kentucky Fried Chicken Cole Slaw}

Oregano 4 lbs 15 oz

Mushrooms 9.25 oz {read more about how I grew mushrooms}

Peas 38 lb13 oz {fresh peas and bacon recipe}

Pears 8 lbs 5 oz {how to make pear jam}

Peppers 5 lb 8 oz {Homemade Salsa}

Potatoes 40lb 8oz {potato soup recipe}

Howden Pumpkins 59 lbs 11 oz

Jarrahdale Pumpkin 18 pounds 3 oz

Radish 15lb 12 oz {how I bartered radishes for avocados}

Raspberries 2 lb 7 oz {how to make a raspberry buckle}

Spinach 2lb 5 oz {garlic spinach dip recipe}

Sprouts 10 oz {how to grow sprouts}

Strawberries 16 lbs 3 oz {dehydrated strawberries are awesome}

Swiss Chard 24 lb 7 oz {rainbow Swiss chard recipe}

Tomatoes 71 lb  15 oz{roasted corn salad with tomatoes and feta}

Zucchini 257 lb 11 oz {how to make zucchini relish, zucchini salad, zucchini brownies}

Miscellaneous 8lb 2 oz {This means we let someone come and pick vegetables, or did not get a chance to weigh them individually, and this was the total weight of all the vegetables combined}

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So that’s what I’ve grown so far this year… How about YOU?

How is YOUR garden doing?

Total Food Harvested in 2012: 1168 pounds 12.25 ounces

I have spent a total of $516.21 on seeds, soil, plants and supplies for this year.

Little House in the Suburbs: Backyard farming and home skills for self-sufficient living, is an easy-to-follow advice book that will show you everything you need to know to enjoy an abundant, independent life on food and products grown in your own back yard.  This is a great book and Amazon currently has it in stock and ready to ship.

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How to Grow Your Own Food – Weigh In Wednesday

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This year my goal is to grow 2,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. I think I can do it. With 16 raised garden beds, a greenhouse, a raspberry patch and a few more planting beds sprinkled throughout our property, I believe growing 2,000 pounds of food is an attainable goal. Even if I do live right in the middle of high maintenance suburbia, and my neighbors think I’m nuts. ~Mavis

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This past week The Girl and I were able to harvest a whopping 91+ pounds of Hubbard squash… There are still a few left growing on the vines, but holy cow, that’s a lot of squash.  We also accidentally harvested over 30 pounds of green pumpkins, 17+ pounds of heirloom tomatoes and a few other odds and ends for a total of 129+ pounds of fruits and vegetables this past week.

Just so you know… I AM NOT FREAKING OUT…Yet.

There are still potatoes, tomatoes, pumpkins and a few other things to harvest yet.

And don’t forget, I’ll be growing kale this winter.  Lots and lots of kale.

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Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

Basil 1 lb 9 oz {how to make pesto}

Beans 21 lbs 3 {green bean salad, how to can green beans, dilly beans}

Beets 58 lb 20z {how to can beets}

Blueberries 4 lb 5 oz {mixed berry pie recipe}

Broccoli 4lb 14 oz {pasta salad with broccoli, carrots, and sun dried tomatoes}

Broccoli Rabb 1lb 6 oz {chickpeas with broccoli raab and bacon}

Cabbage 57 lb 0 oz {how to make sauerkraut}

Carrots 116lbs 14 oz {carrot cake recipe}

Cauliflower 4lbs 11 oz {cauliflower hummus rocks!}

Chives 1lb 2 oz {chalkboard painted herb pots}

Cucumbers 49 lbs 8 oz {cucumber salad}

Hubbard Squash 129lbs 4 ounces

Kale 2 lb 5 oz {how to make kale chips}

Lettuce 14 lb 6 oz {bbq chicken salad}

Mint 4 lbs 12 oz {Fresh Pea Salad with Spinach, Feta and Mint}

Onions 31bs 2 oz {Kentucky Fried Chicken Cole Slaw}

Oregano 4 lbs 15 oz

Mushrooms 9.25 oz {read more about how I grew mushrooms}

Peas 38 lb13 oz {fresh peas and bacon recipe}

Pears 8 lbs 5 oz {how to make pear jam}

Peppers 4 lb 8 oz

Potatoes 40lb 8oz {potato soup recipe}

Pumpkins 59 lbs 11 oz

Radish 15lb 12 oz {how I bartered radishes for avocados}

Raspberries 2 lb 7 oz {how to make a raspberry buckle}

Spinach 2lb 5 oz {garlic spinach dip recipe}

Sprouts 10 oz {how to grow sprouts}

Strawberries 16 lbs 3 oz {dehydrated strawberries are awesome}

Swiss Chard 22 lb 4 oz {rainbow Swiss chard recipe}

Tomatoes 44 lb 14{roasted corn salad with tomatoes and feta}

Zucchini 245 lb 1oz {how to make zucchini relish, zucchini salad, zucchini brownies}

Miscellaneous 8lb 2 oz {This means we let someone come and pick vegetables, or did not get a chance to weigh them individually, and this was the total weight of all the vegetables combined}

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So that’s what I’ve grown so far this year… How about YOU?

How is YOUR garden doing?

Total Food Harvested in 2012: 1044 pounds 12.25 ounces

I have spent a total of $516.21 on seeds, soil, plants and supplies for this year.

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How to Grow Your Own Food – Weigh In Wednesday

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This year my goal is to grow 2,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. I think I can do it. With 16 raised garden beds, a greenhouse, a raspberry patch and a few more planting beds sprinkled throughout our property, I believe growing 2,000 pounds of food is an attainable goal. Even if I do live right in the middle of high maintenance suburbia, and my neighbors think I’m nuts. ~Mavis

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This past week I was more worried about garden clean up than I was harvesting vegetables.  However picking almost 70 pounds of zucchini was pretty neat-o if you ask me.  As far as the big harvests go; tomatoes, pumpkins and potatoes, I am left twiddling my thumbs.

The majority of the tomatoes are still green, and the colors on the pumpkins are changing daily. I suppose if I really wanted to I could harvest the potatoes, but why bother?  If I leave them be until right before the first, they’ll keep on growing {resulting in more poundage}.  So I think it’s in my best interest to wait.

Whatever the outcome, it’s sure been fun

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Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

Basil 1 lb 9 oz {how to make pesto}

Beans 21 lbs 3 {green bean salad, how to can green beans, dilly beans}

Beets 58 lb 20z {how to can beets}

Blueberries 4 lb 3 oz {mixed berry pie recipe}

Broccoli 4lb 14 oz {pasta salad with broccoli, carrots, and sun dried tomatoes}

Broccoli Rabb 1lb 6 oz {chickpeas with broccoli raab and bacon}

Cabbage 57 lb 0 oz {how to make sauerkraut}

Carrots 116lbs 14 oz {carrot cake recipe}

Cauliflower 4lbs 11 oz {cauliflower hummus rocks!}

Chives 1lb 2 oz {chalkboard painted herb pots}

Cucumbers 42 lbs 4 oz

Hubbard Squash 37 lbs 14 ounces

Kale 2 lb 0 z {how to make kale chips}

Lettuce 14 lb 6 oz {bbq chicken salad}

Mint 4 lbs 12 oz {Fresh Pea Salad with Spinach, Feta and Mint}

Onions 31bs 2 oz {Kentucky Fried Chicken Cole Slaw}

Oregano 4 lbs 15 oz

Mushrooms 9.25 oz {read more about how I grew mushrooms}

Peas 38 lb13 oz {fresh peas and bacon recipe}

Pears 8 lbs 5 oz {how to make pear jam}

Peppers 4 lb 8 oz

Potatoes 40lb 8oz {potato soup recipe}

Pumpkins 24 pounds 3 oz

Radish 15lb 12 oz {how I bartered radishes for avocados}

Raspberries 2 lb 7 oz {how to make a raspberry buckle}

Spinach 2lb 5 oz {garlic spinach dip recipe}

Sprouts 10 oz {how to grow sprouts}

Strawberries 14lbs 10 oz {dehydrated strawberries are awesome}

Swiss Chard 22 lb 1 oz {rainbow Swiss chard recipe}

Tomatoes 27 lb 11{roasted corn salad with tomatoes and feta}

Zucchini 245 lb 1oz {how to make zucchini relish, zucchini salad, zucchini brownies}

Miscellaneous 8lb 2 oz {This means we let someone come and pick vegetables, or did not get a chance to weigh them individually, and this was the total weight of all the vegetables combined}

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So that’s what I’ve grown so far this year… How about YOU?

How is YOUR garden doing?

Total Food Harvested in 2012: 891 lbs 14.25 oz

I have spent a total of $516.21 on seeds, soil, plants and supplies for this year.

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How to Grow Your Own Food – Weigh In Wednesday

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This year my goal is to grow 2,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. I think I can do it. With 16 raised garden beds, a greenhouse, a raspberry patch and a few more planting beds sprinkled throughout our property, I believe growing 2,000 pounds of food is an attainable goal. Even if I do live right in the middle of high maintenance suburbia, and my neighbors think I’m nuts. ~Mavis

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This past week were were able to harvest over 80 pounds of goodies from the garden, mostly in the form of squash.  The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird had been begging to pick her first pumpkin of the season, and when she did, she was surprised it weighed in at over 24 pounds.  We could have picked more vegetables, but with school starting up and lot’s and lot’s of canning to do, we decided the harvesting could wait a few more days.

I am starting to get a little worried about the heirloom tomatoes.  With so many green tomatoes, and the chilly mornings ahead, I hope most of the tomatoes will able to ripen before the cold weather really starts to set in.  We shall see.

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Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

Basil 1 lb 9 oz {how to make pesto}

Beans 21 lbs 3 {green bean salad, how to can green beans, dilly beans}

Beets 58 lb 20z {how to can beets}

Blueberries 3 lb 15 oz {mixed berry pie recipe}

Broccoli 4lb 14 oz {pasta salad with broccoli, carrots, and sun dried tomatoes}

Broccoli Rabb 1lb 6 oz {chickpeas with broccoli raab and bacon}

Cabbage 53lb 14 oz {how to make sauerkraut}

Carrots 116lbs 12 oz {carrot cake recipe}

Cauliflower 4lbs 11 oz {cauliflower hummus rocks!}

Chives 1lb 1 oz {chalkboard painted herb pots}

Cucumbers 29 lbs 7 oz

Hubbard Squash 29 lbs 2 ounces

Kale 1 lb 1oz {how to make kale chips}

Lettuce 14 lb 6 oz {bbq chicken salad}

Mint 4 lbs 12 oz {Fresh Pea Salad with Spinach, Feta and Mint}

Onions 23 lbs 12 oz {Kentucky Fried Chicken Cole Slaw}

Oregano 4 lbs 15 oz

Mushrooms 9.25 oz {read more about how I grew mushrooms}

Peas 38 lb13 oz {fresh peas and bacon recipe}

Pears 8 lbs 5 oz {how to make pear jam}

Peppers 4 lb 1 oz

Potatoes 40lb 8oz {potato soup recipe}

Pumpkins 24 pounds 3 oz

Radish 15lb 12 oz {how I bartered radishes for avocados}

Raspberries 2 lb 7 oz {how to make a raspberry buckle}

Spinach 2lb 5 oz {garlic spinach dip recipe}

Sprouts 10 oz {how to grow sprouts}

Strawberries 13lbs 6 oz {dehydrated strawberries are awesome}

Swiss Chard 22 lb 1 oz {rainbow Swiss chard recipe}

Tomatoes 15 lb 2oz {roasted corn salad with tomatoes and feta}

Zucchini 177 lb 8oz {how to make zucchini relish, zucchini salad, zucchini brownies}

Miscellaneous 8lb 2 oz {This means we let someone come and pick vegetables, or did not get a chance to weigh them individually, and this was the total weight of all the vegetables combined}

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So that’s what I’ve grown so far this year… How about YOU?

How is YOUR garden doing?

Total Food Harvested in 2012: 777 lbs 11.25 oz

I have spent a total of $509.05 on seeds, soil, plants and supplies for this year.

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How to Grow Your Own Food – Weigh In Wednesday

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This year my goal is to grow 2,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. I think I can do it. With 16 raised garden beds, a greenhouse, a raspberry patch and a few more planting beds sprinkled throughout our property, I believe growing 2,000 pounds of food is an attainable goal. Even if I do live right in the middle of high maintenance suburbia, and my neighbors think I’m nuts. ~Mavis

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This was a busy week both at home and in the garden.  I took a mini trip to Idaho, and as soon as I got back, The Girl and I went foraging for over 30+ pounds of plums, {we went back last night}. We also picked a few more baskets of wild blackberriescanned a boatload of jam and harvested almost 100 pounds of fruits and vegetables as well. Crazy!

For the most part, this was a transition week in the garden.  We planted out broccoli and kale for the fall, and started to work on the greenhouse pallet gardens for this winter.  Although there are plenty of things left yet to harvest, I am getting a little nervous about reaching my goal of trying to grow 2,000 pounds of fresh fruits and veggies in the garden.  I sure hope all those potatoes, pumpkins and tomatoes are going to help.  Otherwise I maybe growing tons and tons of lettuce and kale both indoors and out just to reach my goal.  We shall see!

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Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

Basil 1 lb 9 oz {how to make pesto}

Beans 21 lbs 3 {green bean salad, how to can green beans, dilly beans}

Beets 48 lb 140z {how to can beets}

Blueberries 3 lb 11 oz {mixed berry pie recipe}

Broccoli 4lb 14 oz {pasta salad with broccoli, carrots, and sun dried tomatoes}

Broccoli Rabb 1lb 6 oz {chickpeas with broccoli raab and bacon}

Cabbage 53lb 14 oz {how to make sauerkraut}


Carrots 116lbs 12 oz {carrot cake recipe}

Cauliflower 4lbs 11 oz {cauliflower hummus rocks!}

Chives 1lb  3 oz {chalkboard painted herb pots}

Cucumbers 26 lbs 1 oz

Hubbard Squash 21 lbs 2 ounces

Kale 1 lb 12oz {how to make kale chips}

Lettuce 14 lb 6 oz {bbq chicken salad}

Mint 4 lbs 12 oz {Fresh Pea Salad with Spinach, Feta and Mint}

Onions 20 lbs 10 oz {Kentucky Fried Chicken Cole Slaw}

Oregano 4 lbs 15 oz

Mushrooms 9.25 oz {read more about how I grew mushrooms}

Peas 38 lb13 oz {fresh peas and bacon recipe}

Pears 8 lbs 5 oz {how to make pear jam}

Peppers 1 lb 7 oz

Potatoes 40lb 8oz {potato soup recipe}

Radish 15lb  12 oz {how I bartered radishes for avocados}

Raspberries  2 lb 7 oz {how to make a raspberry buckle}

Spinach 2lb 5 oz {garlic spinach dip recipe}

Sprouts 10 oz {how to grow sprouts}

Strawberries 11lbs {dehydrated strawberries are awesome}

Swiss Chard 21 lb 12 oz {rainbow Swiss chard recipe}

Tomatoes 18 lb 7 oz {roasted corn salad with tomatoes and feta}

Zucchini 156 lb 2oz {how to make zucchini relish, zucchini salad, zucchini brownies}

Miscellaneous 8lb 2 oz {This means we let someone come and pick vegetables, or did not get a chance to weigh them individually, and this was the total weight of all the vegetables combined}

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So that’s what I’ve grown so far this year… How about YOU?

How is YOUR garden doing?

Total Food Harvested in 2012: 695 lbs 14.25 oz

I have spent a total of $509.05 on seeds, soil, plants and supplies for this year.

Life is good!

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How to Grow Your Own Food – Weigh In Wednesday

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This year my goal is to grow 2,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. I think I can do it. With 16 raised garden beds, a greenhouse, a raspberry patch and a few more planting beds sprinkled throughout our property, I believe growing 2,000 pounds of food is an attainable goal. Even if I do live right in the middle of high maintenance suburbia, and my neighbors think I’m nuts. ~Mavis

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Last night Chino the Handyman stopped by to the talk to the Handsome Husband, and me being the super smart gardener that I am, made sure he didn’t leave our driveway without a few zucchinis.

Yesterday I was able to barter some of our extra garden produce for sugar and a turkey, and last weekend Monkey Boy and The Girl held a last minute garage sale and set up a small table and sold some vegetables.

Basically, I can’t keep up.  So while I’m doing the best that I can cooking, and canning our extra summer produce,  I am also seeking out ways to barter and sell it to our friends and neighbors as well.

Having a large garden is really a lot of work.  If you are not planting, you are picking, and if you’re not picking you are preserving.  But I’m still having a blast.  Even if my hands are stained with berry juice and my refrigerator is packed tight with produce.

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Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

Basil 1 lb 9 oz {how to make pesto}

Beans 18 lbs 8 {green bean salad, how to can green beans, dilly beans}

Beets 48 lb 140z {how to can beets}

Blueberries 3 lb 2 oz {mixed berry pie recipe}

Broccoli 4lb 14 oz {pasta salad with broccoli, carrots, and sun dried tomatoes}

Broccoli Rabb 1lb 6 oz {chickpeas with broccoli raab and bacon}

Cabbage 53lb 14 oz {how to make sauerkraut}

Carrots 104 lbs 4 oz {carrot cake recipe}

Cauliflower 4lbs 11 oz {cauliflower hummus rocks!}

Chives 1lb  2 oz {chalkboard painted herb pots}

Cucumbers 16 lbs 8 oz

Kale 1 lb 4 oz {how to make kale chips}

Lettuce 14 lb 6 oz {bbq chicken salad}

Mint 4 lbs 12 oz {Fresh Pea Salad with Spinach, Feta and Mint}

Onions 14 lbs 8 oz {Kentucky Fried Chicken Cole Slaw}

Oregano 4 lbs 15 oz

Mushrooms 9.25 oz {read more about how I grew mushrooms}

Peas 38 lb13 oz {fresh peas and bacon recipe}

Peppers 1 lb 6 oz

Potatoes 37lb 0 oz {potato soup recipe}

Radish 15lb  12 oz {how I bartered radishes for avocados}

Raspberries  2 lb 7 oz {how to make a raspberry buckle}

Spinach 2lb 5 oz {garlic spinach dip recipe}

Sprouts 10 oz {how to grow sprouts}

Strawberries 10lb 7 oz {dehydrated strawberries are awesome}

Swiss Chard 24 lb 5 oz {rainbow Swiss chard recipe}

Tomatoes 7 lb 3 oz {roasted corn salad with tomatoes and feta}

Zucchini 130 lb 14 oz {how to make zucchini relish, zucchini salad, zucchini brownies}

Miscellaneous 8lb 2 oz {This means we let someone come and pick vegetables, or did not get a chance to weigh them individually, and this was the total weight of all the vegetables combined}

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So that’s what I’ve grown so far this year… How about YOU?

How is YOUR garden doing?

Total Food Harvested in 2012: 593 lbs 1.25 oz

I have spent a total of $509.05 on seeds, soil, plants and supplies for this year.

Life is good!

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How to Grow Your Own Food – Weigh In Wednesday

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This year my goal is to grow 2,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. I think I can do it. With 16 raised garden beds, a greenhouse, a raspberry patch and a few more planting beds sprinkled throughout our property, I believe growing 2,000 pounds of food is an attainable goal. Even if I do live right in the middle of high maintenance suburbia, and my neighbors think I’m nuts. ~Mavis

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This morning I sent The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird out to pick a few vegetables.  Her first load was a little over 32 pounds.  She still has more beans and carrots to harvest, but this is what a typical haul is looking like these days.

The tomatoes are growing like mad, and with the impending heat wave {upper 90′s in the forecast} I’m hoping my counters will be so full of tomatoes by the end of August, that I won’t have room for anything else.  Because if there is one thing I’ve been looking forward to this year… it’s tomatoes.  Lot’s and lot’s of tomatoes.

I must admit, I’m pretty excited with the latest tally.  I just hit the 25% mark, and we still haven’t gotten into tomato, potato, or pumpkin season yet.  Wahooo!  I think I can do this!

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Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

Basil 1 lb 7 oz {how to make pesto}

Beans 12 lbs 4 {green bean salad, how to can green beans, dilly beans}

Beets 48 lb 140z {how to can beets}

Blueberries 1 lb 14 oz {mixed berry pie recipe}

Broccoli 4lb 14 oz {pasta salad with broccoli, carrots, and sun dried tomatoes}

Broccoli Rabb 1lb 6 oz {chickpeas with broccoli raab and bacon}

Cabbage 44lb 13 oz {how to make sauerkraut}

Carrots 101 lbs 1 oz {carrot cake recipe}

Cauliflower 4lbs 11 oz {cauliflower hummus rocks!}

Chives 1lb  1 oz {chalkboard painted herb pots}

Cucumbers 4 lbs 2 oz

Kale 1 lb 4 oz {how to make kale chips}

Lettuce 14 lb 6 oz {bbq chicken salad}

Mint 4 lbs 12 oz {Fresh Pea Salad with Spinach, Feta and Mint}

Onions 9 lbs 15 oz {Kentucky Fried Chicken Cole Slaw}

Oregano 4 lbs 15 oz

Mushrooms 9.25 oz {read more about how I grew mushrooms}

Peas 38 lb13 oz {fresh peas and bacon recipe}

Peppers 1 lb 1 oz

Potatoes 37lb 0 oz {potato soup recipe}

Radish 15lb  12 oz {how I bartered radishes for avocados}

Raspberries  2 lb 5 oz {how to make a raspberry buckle}

Spinach 2lb 5 oz {garlic spinach dip recipe}

Sprouts 10 oz {how to grow sprouts}

Strawberries 7lb 5 oz {dehydrated strawberries are awesome}

Swiss Chard 24 lb 5 oz {rainbow Swiss chard recipe}

Tomatoes 1 lb 12 oz {roasted corn salad with tomatoes and feta}

Zucchini 106 lb 6 oz {how to make zucchini relish, zucchini salad, zucchini brownies}

Miscellaneous 8lb 2 oz {This means we let someone come and pick vegetables, or did not get a chance to weigh them individually, and this was the total weight of all the vegetables combined}

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So that’s what I’ve grown so far this year… How about YOU?

How is YOUR garden doing?

Total Food Harvested in 2012: 522 lbs 9.25 oz

I have spent a total of $496.58 on seeds, soil, plants and supplies for this year.


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How to Grow Your Own Food – Weigh In Wednesday

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This year my goal is to grow 2,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. I think I can do it. With 16 raised garden beds, a greenhouse, a raspberry patch and a few more planting beds sprinkled throughout our property, I believe growing 2,000 pounds of food is an attainable goal. Even if I do live right in the middle of high maintenance suburbia, and my neighbors think I’m nuts. ~Mavis

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We arrived home last night we were too tired to look in on the vegetable garden, so this morning I headed out and was shocked to find zucchini the size of baseball bats.

Before we left for our trip I made sure I had someone lined up to water the garden while we were away, but I totally forgot to ask them to pick the vegetables.

Holy Crap Batman! 72 pounds 9 oz of zucchini.  No freakin’ way.

I think I may have enough to feed a village.

We’ve only had time to pick zucchini and tomatoes this morning, but I’m excited to get back out there to see what else needs to be harvested.

It’s good to be back!

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

Basil 1 lb 1 oz {how to make pesto}

Beets 46 lb 90z {how to can beets}

Blueberries 11 oz {mixed berry pie recipe}

Broccoli 4lb 14 oz {pasta salad with broccoli, carrots, and sun dried tomatoes}

Broccoli Rabb 1lb 6 oz {chickpeas with broccoli raab and bacon}

Cabbage 25lb 7 oz {how to make sauerkraut}

Carrots 98 lbs 0 oz {carrot cake recipe}

Cauliflower 2lbs 3 oz {cauliflower hummus rocks!}

Chives 1lb  {chalkboard painted herb pots}

Kale 1 lb 4 oz {how to make kale chips}

Lettuce 14 lb 6 oz {bbq chicken salad}

Mint 4 lbs 12 oz {Fresh Pea Salad with Spinach, Feta and Mint}

Onions 5 lbs 9 oz {Kentucky Fried Chicken Cole Slaw}

Oregano 4 lbs 15 oz

Mushrooms 9.25 oz {read more about how I grew mushrooms}

Peas 38 lb13 oz {fresh peas and bacon recipe}

Peppers 7 oz

Potatoes 37lb 0 oz {potato soup recipe}

Radish 15lb  12 oz {how I bartered radishes for avocados}

Raspberries  1 lb 15 oz {how to make a raspberry buckle}

Spinach 2lb 5 oz {garlic spinach dip recipe}

Sprouts 10 oz {how to grow sprouts}

Strawberries 6lb 6 oz {dehydrated strawberries are awesome}

Swiss Chard 24 lb 5 oz {rainbow Swiss chard recipe}

Tomatoes 9 oz {roasted corn salad with tomatoes and feta}

Zucchini 77 lb 2 oz {how to make zucchini relish}

Miscellaneous 8lb 2 oz {This means we let someone come and pick vegetables, or did not get a chance to weigh them individually, and this was the total weight of all the vegetables combined}

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So that’s what I’ve grown so far this year… How about YOU?

How is YOUR garden doing?

Total Food Harvested in 2012: 439 lbs 3.25 oz

I have spent a total of $496.58 on seeds, soil, plants and supplies for this year.

Progressive International Folding Mandoline Slicer $19.50 ~ Amazon

I’m thinking a mandoline slicer is going to come in handy today!

 

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How to Grow Your Own Food – Weigh In Wednesday

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This year my goal is to grow 2,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. I think I can do it. With 16 raised garden beds, a greenhouse, a raspberry patch and a few more planting beds sprinkled throughout our property, I believe growing 2,000 pounds of food is an attainable goal. Even if I do live right in the middle of high maintenance suburbia, and my neighbors think I’m nuts. ~Mavis

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 Bartering was the name of the game this week.  We was able to harvest more carrots, beets, peas and a ton of potatoes.  Well, not quite a ton, but definitely more than we could eat.  The zucchini has also started to roll in, and we are finally able to enjoy fresh raspberries on a daily basis now.

I’m hoping for a few cucumbers next week as well as some tiny green beans {fingers crossed}.

Here is what I have harvested so far:

Basil 1 lb 1 oz {how to make pesto}

Beets 46 lb 90z {how to can beets}

Blueberries 11 oz {mixed berry pie recipe}

Broccoli 4lb 14 oz {pasta salad with broccoli, carrots, and sun dried tomatoes}

Broccoli Rabb 1lb 6 oz {chickpeas with broccoli raab and bacon}

Cabbage 25lb 7 oz {how to make sauerkraut}

Carrots 98 lbs 0 oz {carrot cake recipe}

Cauliflower 2lbs 3 oz {cauliflower hummus rocks!}

Chives 1lb  {chalkboard painted herb pots}

Kale 1 lb 4 oz {how to make kale chips}

Lettuce 14 lb 6 oz {bbq chicken salad}

Mint 4 lbs 12 oz {Fresh Pea Salad with Spinach, Feta and Mint}

Onions 5 lbs 9 oz {Kentucky Fried Chicken Cole Slaw}

Oregano 4 lbs 15 oz

Mushrooms 9.25 oz {read more about how I grew mushrooms}

Peas 38 lb13 oz {fresh peas and bacon recipe}

Peppers 7 oz

Potatoes 37lb 0 oz {potato soup recipe}

Radish 15lb  12 oz {how I bartered radishes for avocados}

Raspberries  1 lb 15 oz {how to make a raspberry buckle}

Spinach 2lb 5 oz {garlic spinach dip recipe}

Sprouts 10 oz {how to grow sprouts}

Strawberries 6lb 6 oz {dehydrated strawberries are awesome}

Swiss Chard 24 lb 5 oz {rainbow Swiss chard recipe}

Tomatoes 3 oz {roasted corn salad with tomatoes and feta}

Zucchini 4 lb 9 oz {how to make zucchini relish}

Miscellaneous 8lb 2 oz {This means we let someone come and pick vegetables, or did not get a chance to weigh them individually, and this was the total weight of all the vegetables combined}

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So that’s what I’ve grown so far this year… How about YOU?

How is YOUR garden doing?

Total Food Harvested in 2012: 366 lbs 4.25 oz

I have spent a total of $496.58 on seeds, soil, plants and supplies for this year.


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