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 able to harvest over 78pounds of fruits and vegetables from our backyard garden. We pulled up just over 46 pounds of carrots and were able to give some away, sell some to neighbors and enjoy some for ourselves.  What a crazy week it’s been.

I’ve been working on planting new seeds for fall, trimming back plants and just trying hard to keep everything well watered, especially the pumpkins.  Trying to grow 2,000 pounds of food is proving to be a little harder than I thought, but with a little luck, I think I’ll get there.  One vegetable at a time.

Here is what I have harvested so far:

Basil 1 lb 14 oz {how to make pesto}

Beets 39 lb 50z {how to can beets}

Blueberries 4 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 81 lbs 14 oz {carrot cake recipe}

Cauliflower 2lbs 3 oz {cauliflower hummus rocks!}

Chives 15 oz {chalkboard painted herb pots}

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

Lettuce 14 lb 0 oz {bbq chicken salad}

Mint 2 lbs 9 oz {Fresh Pea Salad with Spinach, Feta and Mint}

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

Oregano 2 lbs 7 oz

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

Peas 34 lb11 oz {fresh peas and bacon recipe}

Peppers 7 oz

Potatoes 5lb 8 oz {potato soup recipe}

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

Raspberries  11 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: 300 lbs 4.25 oz

I have spent a total of $484.86 on seeds, soil, plants and supplies for this year.


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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 able to harvest over 38 pounds of fruits and vegetables from our backyard garden.  I could have picked more, but I feel really good about having surpassed the 10% mark. Carrots, beets and a whole lot of peas were gathered and with the raspberries finally starting to make their appearance, this week is shaping up to be a good one.

The problem I’m facing now, {and why I didn’t pick as much as I could have} is what to do with all this food.  We all know growing vegetables is a lot of hard work, but as each day passes, I finding out that preserving the bounty is becoming increasingly harder with all the different vegetables that need to be dealt with on a daily basis.

Maybe getting a booth at the Farmer’s Market wouldn’t be such a bad idea after all.

Here is what I have harvested so far:

Basil 1 lb 12 oz

Beets 30 lb 40z {how to can beets}

Blueberries 3 oz

Broccoli 4lb 14 oz

Broccoli Rabb 1lb 6 oz

Cabbage 25lb 7 oz

Carrots 35 lbs 11 oz

Cauliflower 2lbs 3 oz {cauliflower hummus rocks!}

Chives 14 oz

Kale 1 lb 4 oz

Lettuce 14 lb 0 oz

Butter Crunch 12 oz
Mixed Greens 4 lb 2 oz
Romaine 10 lb 11 oz

Mint 2 lbs 9 oz

Onions 2 lbs 5 oz

Green Onions 14 oz
Red Onions 2 lb 1 oz
Scallions 6 oz

Oregano 2 lbs 7 oz

Mushrooms 9.25 oz

Shiitake 9.25 oz {read more about how I grew mushrooms}.

Peas 1lb 2 oz

English Peas 21 lb 11 oz
Sugar Snap Peas 8 lb 1 oz

Peppers

Jalapeno 2 oz
Sweet Peppers 3 oz

Radish 12lb  5 oz

Easter Egg Radish 2 lb 3 oz
Crimson Radish 1 lb 5 oz
French Breakfast 8 lb 13 oz

Raspberries  4 oz

Spinach 2lb 5 oz

Sprouts 10 oz

Strawberries 6lb 1 oz {dehydrated strawberries are awesome}

Sprouts 10 oz

Mung Bean Sprouts 7 oz
Sandwich Sprouts 3 oz

Swiss Chard 23 lb 15 oz

Tomatoes 1 oz

Sun Gold 1 oz

Zucchini 1 lb 8 oz

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?

Are you starting to feel overwhelmed with all the vegetables yet?

Total Food Harvested in 2012: 221 lbs 13.25 oz

I have spent a total of $$484.86 on seeds, soil, plants and supplies for this year.


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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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What a week! Over the last 7 days I have been able to harvest over 78 pounds of garden goodness. Cabbage, carrots, beets, and herbs were the top contenders this past week.

I made sauerkraut, canned beets, traded carrots and this afternoon I’m hoping to barter a few more of my delicious heirloom vegetables for some much needed fancy Costco cheese.  You know, so I can keep up appearances and make it look like I shop at the store like the rest of the people here in high maintenance suburbia.  I mean really, they don’t need to know my garden is my supermarket. How uncool would that be?

Here is what I have harvested so far:

Basil 1 lb 11 oz

Beets 28lb 10z {how to can beets}

Broccoli 4lb 14 oz

Broccoli Rabb 1lb 6 oz

Cabbage 25lb 7 oz

Carrots 27 lbs7 oz

Cauliflower 2lbs 3 oz {cauliflower hummus rocks!}

Chives 14 oz

Kale 1 lb 4 oz

Lettuce 14 lb 0 oz

Butter Crunch 12 oz
Mixed Greens 4 lb 2 oz
Romaine 10 lb 11 oz

Mint 2 lbs 9 oz

Onions 2 lbs 5 oz

Green Onions 14 oz
Red Onions 15 oz
Scallions 6 oz

Oregano 2 lbs 7 oz

Mushrooms 9.25 oz

Shiitake 9.25 oz {read more about how I grew mushrooms}.

Peas 1lb 2 oz

English Peas 7 oz
Sugar Snap Peas 5lb 15 oz

Radish 11lb  12 oz

Easter Egg Radish 2 lb 3 oz
Crimson Radish 1 lb 5 oz
French Breakfast 8 lb 4 oz

Spinach 2lb 5 oz

Sprouts 10 oz

Strawberries 5lb 8 oz {dehydrated strawberries are awesome}

Sprouts 10 oz

Mung Bean Sprouts 7 oz
Sandwich Sprouts 3 oz

Swiss Chard 22 lb 13 oz

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?

Are you starting to feel overwhelmed with all the vegetables yet?

Total Food Harvested in 2012: 182 lbs 8.25 oz

I have spent a total of $$484.86 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 week I finally hit the 5% mark, having harvested just over 100 pounds of food from the backyard garden. I was able to harvest beets, broccoli, peas {both snap and English} strawberries, chard, basil, red onions and even a few carrots this past week.  It should be smooth sailing from here on out right?  The forecast for the next 7 days is calling for some crazy good weather, which means I’ll probably start to pull some of my cold weather crops like broccoli and any remaining lettuce.

I need to get out there and plant a few more squash seeds and start to think about what I’m going to plant this fall. I’m hoping by the end of the week to pull in a big harvest of English peas, so that should help towards next weeks total.

Wahooo!  I’m excited.  It’s starting to feel real now.  I can do this.  I can grow 2,000 lbs of veggies.  Just you wait and see!

Here is what I have harvested so far:

Basil 1 lb 10 oz

Beets 11lb 120z

Broccoli 3lb 10 oz

Broccoli Rabb 1lb 6 oz

Cabbage 6lb 1 oz

Carrots 3 oz

Chives 13 oz

Kale 1 lb 4 oz

Lettuce 14 lb 0 oz

Butter Crunch 12 oz
Mixed Greens 4 lb 2 oz
Romaine 10 lb 11 oz

Mint 2 oz

Onions 1 lb 15 oz

Green Onions 13 oz
Red Onions 9 oz
Scallions 6 oz

Oregano 3 oz


Mushrooms 9.25 oz

Shiitake 9.25 oz

Go HERE to read more about how I grew mushrooms.

Peas 1lb 2 oz

English Peas 7 oz
Sugar Snap Peas 5lb 15 oz

Radish 11lb  4 oz

Easter Egg Radish 2 lb 3 oz
Crimson Radish 1 lb 5 oz
French Breakfast 7 lb 12 oz

Spinach 2lb 5 oz

Sprouts 10 oz

Strawberries 5lb 1 oz

Sprouts 10 oz

Mung Bean Sprouts 7 oz
Sandwich Sprouts 3 oz

Swiss Chard 21 lb 14 oz

Miscellaneous 3lb 4 oz {This means we let someone come and pick vegetables, 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?

Are you keeping track of what you’re growing this year?  Are you weighing your produce too?

Total Food Harvested in 2012: 104 lbs 6.25 oz

I have spent a total of $$473.47 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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Yesterday I got a call from my neighbor Girly Girl.  She needed a red onion for some sort of dinner salad she was making and wanted to  know if I had any.  I said “Sure, they’re kind of small right now, but if you want you can come on over and harvest whatever you need.  Just make sure you close the gate behind you when you leave.”

“Wait, you’re not home?  Are your vegetables labeled so I’ll know what to look for?”

“What?  You mean to tell me you don’t know what an onion looks like?”

I sat there in utter silence waiting for her response.

“Oh I’ll guess I can just try and figure it out.  I’ll Google it real quick and see what a wild onion looks like.”

“Are you on crack?  It’s not a wild onion… It’s an onion. Like the ones you BUY IN THE STORE.”

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This past week we were able to harvest 15 lbs 10 oz of fruits and veggies from the garden.  Peas, strawberries, broccoli, beets, onions, herbs, lettuce and a little more chard was plucked from the garden boxes {and gutters}.  Right now I’m at about the 4% mark in my efforts to try and grow 2,000 pounds of vegetables.

I wonder where I’ll be at by this time next month.

Here is what I have harvested so far:

Basil 1 lb 6 oz

Beets 1lb 40z

Broccoli 2lb 12 oz

Broccoli Rabb 1lb 6 oz

Cabbage 3lb 2 oz

Chives 13 oz

Kale 1 lb 4 oz

Lettuce 14 lb 0 oz

Butter Crunch 12 oz
Mixed Greens 4 lb 2 oz
Romaine 10 lb 11 oz

Mint 2 oz

Onions 1 lb 15 oz

Green Onions 13 oz
Scallions 6 oz

Oregano 3 oz

Mushrooms 9.25 oz

Shiitake 9.25 oz

Go HERE to read more about how I grew mushrooms.

Peas 5lb 7 oz

Sugar Snap Peas 5lb 7 oz

Radish 11 lbs

Easter Egg Radish 2 lb 3 oz
Crimson Radish 1 lb 5 oz
French Breakfast 7 lb 8 oz

Spinach 2lb 5 oz

Sprouts 10 oz

Strawberries 4lb 9 oz

Sprouts 10 oz

Mung Bean Sprouts 7 oz
Sandwich Sprouts 3 oz

Swiss Chard 24 lb 11 oz

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

What’s going on at your place?  Do YOUR neighbors know what a growing onion looks like?

Total Food Harvested in 2012: 82 lbs 13.25 oz

I have spent a total of $$473.47 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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Although I was not able to harvest as much food as I would have liked last week, {we were out of town for a few days} I was still able to harvest a little over 12 lbs.

We harvested our first cabbage, picked a few heads of lettuce, and the peas and strawberries are starting to trickle in.  I think next week will look a whole lot different though, and I am excited. I’m hoping for at least a 20+ pound harvest.

Last week we also finalized our summer vacation plans.  Which makes me a little nervous.  How on earth am I going to keep the garden in order if I’m not here to water, weed, and harvest?  Should I bribe  barter with one of my neighbors to do it, hire a neighborhood kid, or find a house/garden sitter to watch over my plot while I’m away.  Decisions decisions.

All I know is this.  Summer is here, and the great harvest of 2012 is right around the corner.  I just need to get everything in order so I can enjoy it.

Here is what I have harvested so far:

Basil 1 lb 5 oz

Broccoli Rabb 1lb 6 oz

Cabbage 3lb 2 oz

Chives 12 oz

Kale 1 lb 4 oz

Lettuce 10 lb 12 oz

Butter Crunch 12 oz
Mixed Greens 4 lb 2 oz
Romaine 10 lb 11 oz

Mint 2 oz

Onions 1 lb 3 oz

Green Onions 13 oz
Scallions 6 oz

Oregano 3 oz

Mushrooms 9.25 oz

Shiitake 9.25 oz

Go HERE to read more about how I grew mushrooms.

Peas 1lb 2 oz

Sugar Snap Peas 1lb 2 oz

Radish 11 lbs

Easter Egg Radish 2 lb 3 oz
Crimson Radish 1 lb 5 oz
French Breakfast 7 lb 8 oz

Spinach 2lb 5 oz

Sprouts 10 oz

Strawberries 2lb 8 oz

Sprouts 10 oz

Mung Bean Sprouts 7 oz
Sandwich Sprouts 3 oz

Swiss Chard 23 lb 9 oz

Total Food Harvested in 2012: 67 lbs 3.25 oz

I have spent a total of $$473.47 on seeds, soil, plants and supplies for this year.

What’s new in YOUR garden?

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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 we were able to harvest strawberries, sugar snap peas, lettuce, kale and you guessed it… More rainbow Swiss chard.  I think in about another week we will be eating stir fry around the clock.  I can’t wait.

Also, I’m really glad I decided to try growing strawberries in gutters this year.  It’s been interesting.  I think when the berries have stopped producing, I will remove them from the gutters and plant the berries outside.  At this point, I think I’ll be replanting a new batch of strawberries in the spring again.  But only time will tell.

Even though we’ve only harvested around 55 pounds so far, his whole journey of trying to grow 2,000 pounds of food in our backyard, has been very rewarding.  I can only imagine what it’s going to feel like when we start hauling in 55 pound baskets of tomatoes from the backyard this summer.

Here is what I have harvested so far:

Basil 1 lb 3 oz

Broccoli Rabb 1lb 6 oz

Chives 10 oz

Kale 1 lb

Lettuce 10 lb12 oz

Butter Crunch 12 oz
Mixed Greens 4 lb 2 oz
Romaine 5 lb 14 oz

Mint 2 oz

Onions 11 oz

Green Onions 11 oz

Oregano 3 oz

Mushrooms 9.25 oz

Shiitake 9.25 oz

Go HERE to read more about how I grew mushrooms.

Peas 2 oz

Sugar Snap Peas 8 oz

Radish 11 lbs

Easter Egg Radish 2 lb 3 oz
Crimson Radish 1 lb 5 oz
French Breakfast 7 lb 8 oz

Spinach 1lb 4 oz

Sprouts 10 oz

Strawberries 1lb 2 oz

Sprouts 10 oz

Mung Bean Sprouts 7 oz
Sandwich Sprouts 3 oz

Swiss Chard 23 lb 9 oz

Total Food Harvested in 2012: 55 lbs 1.25 oz +

I have spent a total of $$473.47 on seeds, soil, plants and supplies for this year.

How is YOUR garden growing? Will you be weighing your garden produce this year?

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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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Cue the music… We are finally passed the kale, chard and lettuce stage.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m still picking all of those things, but this past week we picked our first crop {albeit small} of sugar snap peas and strawberries. It shouldn’t be to much longer until we can transition from sampling little bites from the gardening to harvesting bucket loads and scrambling to figure out what the heck to do with it all.  I can’t wait!

Summer is on the horizon, and it makes me feel like singing.  Although I won’t.

But I will say this, if you still have not planted your garden seeds yet this year, you still have time. So get out there and plant some beans, cucumbers, zucchini, or whatever tickles your fancy.  Because growing your own food is super cool.

Here is what I have harvested so far:

Basil 1 lb 1 oz

Broccoli Rabb 1lb 6 oz

Chives 8 oz

Kale 11 oz

Lettuce 7 lb 8 oz

Butter Crunch 12 oz
Mixed Greens 4 lb 2 oz
Romaine 2 lb 10 oz

Mint 1 oz

Onions 6 oz

Green Onions 3 oz

Oregano 3 oz

Mushrooms 9.25 oz

Shiitake 9.25 oz

Go HERE to read more about how I grew mushrooms.

Peas 2 oz

Sugar Snap Peas 2 oz

Radish 11 lbs

Easter Egg Radish 2 lb 3 oz
Crimson Radish 1 lb 5 oz
French Breakfast 7 lb 8 oz

Spinach 14 oz

Sprouts 10 oz

Strawberries 6 oz

Sprouts 10 oz

Mung Bean Sprouts 7 oz
Sandwich Sprouts 3 oz

Swiss Chard 20 lb 5 oz

Total Food Harvested in 2012: 46 lbs 15.25 oz

I have spent a total of $$473.47 on seeds, soil, plants and supplies for this year.

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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.

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Last week I harvested mostly leafy greens. I went ahead and picked the rest of the gourmet salad I had growing in my pallet garden. With warm weather on the horizon, I decided to replant the former lettuce pallet with Roma green beans instead. I also harvested some spinach, rainbow Swiss chard, chives and a wee bit of mint from the backyard too.

In my opinion, things are moving along as planned.  I know the bulk of my poundage won’t come until the end of summer and early fall.  I am expecting the heirloom tomatoes, pumpkins, and potatoes to be the super stars in my efforts to grow 2,000 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables in my backyard this year.

All good things come to those who wait… Right?


Here is what I have harvested so far:

Basil 14 oz

Broccoli Rabb 1lb 6 oz

Chives 6 oz

Kale 11 oz

Lettuce 6 lb 2 oz

Butter Crunch 12 oz
Mixed Greens 4 lb 2 oz
Romaine 1 lb 4 oz

Mint 2 oz

Onions 3 oz

Green Onions 3 oz

Oregano 2 oz

Mushrooms 9.25 oz

Shiitake 9.25 oz

Go HERE to read more about how I grew mushrooms.

Radish 11 lbs

Easter Egg Radish 2 lb 3 oz
Crimson Radish 1 lb 5 oz
French Breakfast 7 lb 8 oz

Spinach 8 oz

Sprouts 10 oz

Mung Bean Sprouts 7 oz
Sandwich Sprouts 3 oz

Swiss Chard 2 lb 3 oz

Total Food Harvested in 2012: 24 lbs 15.25 oz

I have spent a total of $$458.47 on seeds, soil, plants and supplies for this year.

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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 think growing 2,000 pounds of food is an attainable goal. Even if I do live right in the middle of high maintenance suburbia.

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Last week I harvested 3 green onions, a ton of lettuce and basil, a wee bit of chives, and a pinch of kale.  I’ve been avoiding the standard radishes like the plague.  But I need to harvest them.  Now, before I can plant out the rest of my tomato plants.

I think I’m going pick the radishes, clean them off, and then drive over to the food bank and see if they will take them.  If they don’t want them, well, I don’t know what I’m going to do.

Lesson learned.  Never plant a gazillion radishes again.  Well, unless they are French Breakfast radishes, those have bartering power.

Although we are almost a full 5 months into the year, and I have yet to have any huge harvests yet, I’m not worried.  I know the bulk of my vegetable weight won’t even start to roll in until around September.  So for now, I’m rather happy with the results of my 2,000 pound challenge.  I think I can do this.  I really think I can.

Here is what I have harvested so far:

Basil 14 oz

Broccoli Rabb 1lb 6 oz

Chives 5 oz

Kale 11 oz

Lettuce 3 lbs 17 oz

Butter Crunch 12 oz
Mixed Greens 15 oz
Romaine 1 lb 4 oz

Mint 1 oz

Onions 3 oz

Green Onions 3 oz

Oregano 1 oz

Mushrooms 9.25 oz

Shiitake 9.25 oz

Go HERE to read more about how I grew mushrooms.

Green Onions 3 oz

Radish 11 lbs

Easter Egg Radish 2 lb 3 oz
Crimson Radish 1 lb 5 oz
French Breakfast 7 lb 8 oz

Sprouts 10 oz

Mung Bean Sprouts 7 oz
Sandwich Sprouts 3 oz

Total Food Harvested in 2012: 19 lbs 3 oz

I have spent a total of $$436.12 on seeds, soil, plants and supplies for this year.

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