How to Grow Your Own Food – 11/29/2013 Garden Tally

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organic vegetables

After digging up a few vegetables for our Thanksgiving dinner this past week, I did a little bartering with my neighbor Hulda. Being able to share/trade our extra vegetables with our neighbors is pretty RAD.  She had meat, I have veggies, so it was a win-win deal. Now, if we could just get a few of our other neighbors to grow wheat and get a dairy cow I think we’d all be set.

Scroll down to see how many eggs were collected this past week. It’s shocking!

~ Mavis

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

fresh basil

Basil – 1 pound 3 ounces

We’ve got basil growing under the grow lights. In the past we’ve enjoyed making fresh pesto and strawberry basil jam with it.

beets

Beets – 138 pounds 6 ounces

We’ve got plenty of beets to we still need to dig up, and I don’t know about you, but I think winter beets are the best!

organic gardening bok choy

Bok Choy – 7 pounds

We didn’t end up growing too much bok choy this year, but it’s on the list for 2014.

Broccoli Romanesco

Broccoli – 2 pounds

Finally! I can’t wait to harvest some more.

head of cabbage

Cabbage - 43 pounds 8 ounce

We harvested out first purple cabbage of the season!

carrots
Carrots – 47 pounds 5 ounces

I’m looking forward to pulling up carrots all winter long.

chives

Chives – 2 pound 8 ounces

We regular chives and garlic chives growing right now.

burpless-cucumbers

Cucumbers 9 pound 6 ounces

 I’ll be buying hothouse cucumbers at Costco until next summer.

chicken scraps

Egg Count – 2,257

You are not going to believe this. Last week there were only 2 eggs to collect. Yup. How that’s possible, I have no idea. Well, actually, I do. The temperatures have been so low here in Western Washington, that the chickens decided to go on a mini holiday. Maybe 12 eggs would be enough for the average family, but were used to getting {and using} about 3-5 dozen eggs a week. So to to only get 1 dozen, it a big deal.

elephant garlic bulb

Garlic 9 pounds 2 ounces

We planted our garlic a few weeks ago and we have tiny shoots popping up now.

garlic scapes

Garlic Scapes 11 ounces

We use them to make Garlic Scape Pesto.

green beans

Green Beans 17 pounds 11 ounces

kale

Kale – 42 pounds 14 ounces

I have it growing alongside the chicken coop and I grow it mostly for the chickens. Because I think it tastes gross.

kohlrabi

Kohlrabi 5 pounds 10 ounces

romaine lettuce

Lettuce – 37 pounds 13 ounces

Note to self – Harvest lettuce in greenhouse.

microgreens

Microgreens 5 ounces

blueberry jam with mint recipe

Mint 13 oz

I made some blueberry mint jam this summer.

oregano container herb garden

Oregano - 1 pound 12 ounces

I used fresh oregano in my heirloom tomato sauce this summer.

onions

Onion – 37 pounds 8 ounces

Leeks – 7 ounces

I wonder if we have anymore onions hidden in the garden beds? Note to self: look in the raspberry bed.

basket of pears

Pears 47 pounds 7 ounces

Pear butter is AWESOME!

growing peas in a greenhosue

Peas – 42 pounds 9 ounces

red potatoes

Potatoes - 328 pounds 6 ounces

How to Harvest and Store Potatoes for Winter.

french breakfast radishes

Radish - 22 pounds 2 ounces

We have some seedlings popping up. I’ll try and take some pictures.

bucket of raspberries

Raspberries – 21 pounds 7 ounces

rhubarb

Rhubarb – 39 pounds 9 ounces

purple sage

Sage – 14 ounces

wheelbarrow pumpkins squash

Squash 230 pounds 10 ounces

After all was said and done we ended up with 230 pounds of pumpkins. Not what I was hoping for. My pumpkin crop totally failed this year due to poor crop rotation.

fresh organic spinach

Spinach - 15 ounces

I planted more in the greenhouse for a winter harvest.

mung bean sprouts

Sprouts -2 pounds 15 ounces

Here are instructions for growing your own sprouts.

strawberries in wooden basket

Strawberries 23 pounds 14 ounces

garden swiss chard

Swiss Chard 52 pounds 8 ounces

Our backyard chickens love it and it’s great for trading. :)

sungold tomatoes

Tomatoes 234 pounds 15 ounces

Turnips 1 pound 4 ounces

cut-wheatgrass

Wheatgrass - 7 ounces

zucchini

Zucchini – 72 pounds 13 ounces

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 1480 pounds 2 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 2,257 {+more that we forgot to count}

If you are new to gardening or just want to learn more about organic gardening, my #1 favorite garden book is The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food By Tanya L.K. Denckla.

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How to Grow Your Own Food – 11/21/2013 Garden Tally

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beets blue potatoes carrots broccoli

This past week I was able to harvest just under 5 pounds of produce from our backyard garden. Technically not a whole bunch of food, but man oh man is it gorgeous or what?

Fresh beets, crunch carrots, purple and white potatoes and a head of Romanesco Broccoli. Giddy up! Gardening in the fall is RAD, isn’t it?

I’m not sure what I’m going to make with all of my yummy vegetables yet, so if you have a good recipe for beets or broccoli please leave your suggestions in the comment section below.

Keep Calm and Garden On,

~ Mavis

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

fresh basil

Basil – 1 pound 3 ounces

We’ve got basil growing under the grow lights. In the past we’ve enjoyed making fresh pesto and strawberry basil jam with it.

beets

Beets – 134 pounds 14 ounces

We’ve got plenty of beets to dig up, and I don’t know about you, but I think winter beets are the best!

organic gardening bok choy

Bok Choy – 7 pounds

We didn’t end up growing too much bok choy this year, but it’s on the list for 2014.

Broccoli Romanesco

Broccoli – 2 pounds

Finally! I can’t wait to harvest some more.

head of cabbage

Cabbage - 40 pounds 14 ounce

We are still waiting to harvest our fall cabbage. I feel like I keep saying that, but cabbage totally has a mind of it’s own. Plus, apparently it’s frost hardy too, so why rush things, right? :)

carrots
Carrots – 44 pounds 3 ounces

I’m looking forward to pulling up carrots all winter long.

chives

Chives – 2 pound 8 ounces

We regular chives and garlic chives growing right now.

burpless-cucumbers

Cucumbers 9 pound 6 ounces

 I’ll be buying hothouse cucumbers at Costco until next summer.

chicken scraps

Egg Count – 2,245

We actually remembered to count eggs this week! Only 48 eggs, and I’m pretty sure the count will be dropping each week now that the weather is getting cooler.

elephant garlic bulb

Garlic 9 pounds 2 ounces

We planted our garlic a few weeks ago and we have tiny shoots popping up now.

garlic scapes

Garlic Scapes 11 ounces

We use them to make Garlic Scape Pesto.

green beans

Green Beans 17 pounds 11 ounces

kale

Kale – 42 pounds 14 ounces

I have it growing alongside the chicken coop and I grow it mostly for the chickens. Because I think it tastes gross.

kohlrabi

Kohlrabi 5 pounds 10 ounces

romaine lettuce

Lettuce – 37 pounds 13 ounces

Note to self – Harvest lettuce in greenhouse.

microgreens

Microgreens 5 ounces

blueberry jam with mint recipe

Mint 13 oz

I made some blueberry mint jam this summer.

oregano container herb garden

Oregano - 1 pound 12 ounces

I used fresh oregano in my heirloom tomato sauce this summer.

onions

Onion – 37 pounds 8 ounces

I wonder if we have anymore onions hidden in the garden beds? Note to self: look in the raspberry bed.

basket of pears

Pears 47 pounds 7 ounces

Pear butter is AWESOME!

growing peas in a greenhosue

Peas – 42 pounds 9 ounces

red potatoes

Potatoes - 321 pounds 2 ounces

How to Harvest and Store Potatoes for Winter.

french breakfast radishes

Radish - 22 pounds 2 ounces

We have some seedlings popping up. I’ll try and take some pictures.

bucket of raspberries

Raspberries – 21 pounds 7 ounces

rhubarb

Rhubarb – 39 pounds 9 ounces

purple sage

Sage – 14 ounces

wheelbarrow pumpkins squash

Squash 230 pounds 10 ounces

After all was said and done we ended up with 230 pounds of pumpkins. Not what I was hoping for. My pumpkin crop totally failed this year due to poor crop rotation.

fresh organic spinach

Spinach - 15 ounces

I planted more in the greenhouse for a winter harvest.

mung bean sprouts

Sprouts -2 pounds 15 ounces

Here are instructions for growing your own sprouts.

strawberries in wooden basket

Strawberries 23 pounds 14 ounces

garden swiss chard

Swiss Chard 52 pounds 4 ounces

Gag. Our backyard chickens love it and it’s great for trading. And smoothies too.

sungold tomatoes

Tomatoes 234 pounds 15 ounces

cut-wheatgrass

Wheatgrass - 7 ounces

zucchini

Zucchini – 72 pounds 13 ounces

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 1460 pounds 9 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 2,245 {+more that we forgot to count}

If you are new to gardening or just want to learn more about organic gardening, my #1 favorite garden book is The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food By Tanya L.K. Denckla.

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

How to Grow Your Own Food – 11/14/2013 Garden Tally

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lettuce

It seems like it’s been a long time since I’ve updated my 2013 garden tally so I thought I would share with you what’s been happening in our backyard lately.

In a nutshell, not much. ;) Besides the occasional salad harvest here and there, we are still in maintenance mode. Or lazy mode, I’m not sure which. Yes, there are still oodles of potatoes to dig up, and yes we have things like beets, carrots, leeks, turnips and some other vegetables growing, but for the last few weeks I’ve been taking a wee break from gardening to work on a few projects around the house instead.

grow lights basil

A few weeks ago we have planted our lettuce starts in the greenhouse, and right now we have 4 containers of basil growing under the grow lights on my desk in the office.

grow lights basil plants

Some of the leaves are ready to pick now, but I’m trying to hold off until Thanksgiving. I’ve never used fresh basil in any of my Thanksgiving recipes before so it will be a nice treat.

How about you? Are you in maintenance mode right now too, or have you already put your garden to bed for the winter?

Mavis wants to know.

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

fresh basil

Basil – 1 pound 3 ounces

We’ve got basil growing under the grow lights. In the past we’ve enjoyed making fresh pesto and strawberry basil jam with it.

beets

Beets – 133 pounds 12 ounces

We’ve got plenty of beets to dig up, but I’m holding off until Thanksgiving.

organic gardening bok choy

Bok Choy – 7 pounds

We didn’t end up growing too much bok choy this year, but it’s on the list for 2014.

broccoli

Broccoli – 13 ounces

head of cabbage

Cabbage - 40 pounds 14 ounce

We are still waiting to harvest our fall cabbage. I feel like I keep saying that, but cabbage totally has a mind of it’s own. Plus, apparently it’s frost hardy too, so why rush things. :)

carrot seedlings
Carrots – 43 pounds 11 ounces

I’m hoping these ones will be my Valentine Carrots.

chives

Chives – 2 pound 8 ounces

We regular chives and garlic chives growing right now.

burpless-cucumbers

Cucumbers 9 pound 6 ounces

 I’ll be buying hothouse cucumbers at Costco until next summer.

chicken scraps

Egg Count – 2,197

Sadly The Girl did not keep track of the egg count for the past 3 weeks!!!  so I can’t update it. Boo!!

elephant garlic bulb

Garlic 9 pounds 2 ounces

We planted our garlic a few weeks ago and we have tiny shoots popping up now.

garlic scapes

Garlic Scapes 11 ounces

We use them to make Garlic Scape Pesto.

green beans

Green Beans 17 pounds 11 ounces

kale

Kale – 42 pounds 14 ounces

I have it growing alongside the chicken coop and I grow it mostly for the chickens.

kohlrabi

Kohlrabi 5 pounds 10 ounces

romaine lettuce

Lettuce – 37 pounds 13 ounces

Note to self – Harvest lettuce in greenhouse.

microgreens

Microgreens 5 ounces

blueberry jam with mint recipe

Mint 13 oz

I made some blueberry mint jam this summer.

oregano container herb garden

Oregano - 1 pound 12 ounces

I used fresh oregano in my heirloom tomato sauce this summer.

onions

Onion – 37 pounds 8 ounces

I wonder if we have anymore onions hidden in the garden beds?

basket of pears

Pears 47 pounds 7 ounces

Pear butter is AWESOME!

growing peas in a greenhosue

Peas – 42 pounds 9 ounces

red potatoes

Potatoes - 319 pounds

How to Harvest and Store Potatoes for Winter.

french breakfast radishes

Radish - 22 pounds 2 ounces

bucket of raspberries

Raspberries – 21 pounds 7 ounces

rhubarb

Rhubarb – 39 pounds 9 ounces

purple sage

Sage – 14 ounces

wheelbarrow pumpkins squash

Squash 230 pounds 10 ounces

After all was said and done we ended up with 230 pounds of pumpkins. Not what I was hoping for. My pumpkin crop totally failed this year due to poor crop rotation.

fresh organic spinach

Spinach - 15 ounces

I planted more in the greenhouse for a winter harvest.

mung bean sprouts

Sprouts -2 pounds 15 ounces

Here are instructions for growing your own sprouts.

strawberries in wooden basket

Strawberries 23 pounds 14 ounces

garden swiss chard

Swiss Chard 52 pounds 4 ounces

Gag. Our backyard chickens love it and it’s great for trading.

sungold tomatoes

Tomatoes 234 pounds 15 ounces

cut-wheatgrass

Wheatgrass - 7 ounces

zucchini

Zucchini – 72 pounds 13 ounces

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 1455 pounds 10 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 2,197 {+more that we forgot to count}

If you are new to gardening or just want to learn more about organic gardening, my #1 favorite garden book is The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food By Tanya L.K. Denckla.

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

How to Grow Your Own Food – 10/23/2013 Garden Tally

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dirt soil garden beds

 

Last week the only thing I harvested was 3 ounces of chives. Whoop. T. Do.

But, I did plant an entire bed with winter carrots and radishes, so that kind of makes up for it, right? :) Even though there isn’t a whole lot going on in the garden these days harvest wise, I do have some major clean up projects on the agenda.

It’s just finding the time to get them all done that’s the hard part.

seedlings grow lights

Right now we have lettuce, basil and beets  growing under the grow lights I have set up on my desk in the office. I plan on growing the basil indoors, moving the lettuce to the greenhouse and the beets to a garden beds next week.

Are you indoor gardening this fall too? If so, I’d love to hear about it.

~Mavis

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

fresh basil

Basil – 1 pound 3 ounces

We’ve got basil growing under the grow lights. In the past we’ve enjoyed making fresh pesto and strawberry basil jam with it.

beets

Beets – 133 pounds 12 ounces

We’ve got plenty of beets in the ground to use, just have to find the time to work them into our dinner menu.

organic gardening bok choy

Bok Choy – 7 pounds

We didn’t end up growing too much bok choy this year, but it’s on the list for 2014.

broccoli

Broccoli – 13 ounces

Our broccoli plants are doing great and I’m looking forward to a late fall harvest. Girly Girl stole most my plants.

head of cabbage

Cabbage - 40 pounds 14 ounce

We are still waiting to harvest our fall cabbage. I feel like I keep saying that but cabbage totally has a mind of it’s own.

carrot seedlings
Carrots – 43 pounds 11 ounces

I didn’t pull up any carrots this past week but we’ve still got carrots growing in 3 different garden beds. I’m hoping these ones will be my Valentine Carrots.

chives

Chives – 2 pound 8 ounces

We regular chives and garlic chives growing right now. I harvested a whopping 3 ounces of chives last week for a baked potato party.

burpless-cucumbers

Cucumbers 9 pound 6 ounces

Our cucumbers are done for the season. ‘ll be buying hothouse cucumbers at Costco until next summer. There English cucumbers are the best deal around.

chicken scraps

Egg Count – 2,197

Sadly The Girl did not keep track of the egg count last week while I was away so I can’t update it. Boo!!

elephant garlic bulb

Garlic 9 pounds 2 ounces

We planted our garlic a few weeks ago, I haven’t seen anything coming up through the soil yet, but it should be soon.

garlic scapes

Garlic Scapes 11 ounces

We use them to make Garlic Scape Pesto.

green beans

Green Beans 17 pounds 11 ounces

kale

Kale – 42 pounds 14 ounces

I have it growing alongside the chicken coop. Lucy Puggle sneaks a bit every once in a while but mostly, I grow it for the chickens.

kohlrabi

Kohlrabi 5 pounds 10 ounces

romaine lettuce

Lettuce – 37 pounds 3 ounces

Note to self – Harvest lettuce in greenhouse.

microgreens

Microgreens 5 ounces

blueberry jam with mint recipe

Mint 13 oz

I made some blueberry mint jam this summer.

oregano container herb garden

Oregano - 1 pound 12 ounces

I used fresh oregano in my heirloom tomato sauce this summer.

onions

Onion – 37 pounds 8 ounces

basket of pears

Pears 47 pounds 7 ounces

Pear butter is AWESOME!

growing peas in a greenhosue

Peas – 42 pounds 9 ounces

Note to self: Pick greenhouse peas.

red potatoes

Potatoes - 319 pounds

How to Harvest and Store Potatoes for Winter.

2 weeks asgo while I was clearing the pumpkin patch I also dug up a few of the potatoes we planted beneath the pumpkin mounds. So far I’ve only dug up about 19 pounds, but there is a boatload more to be dug up. Maybe I’ll have Monkey Boy help me with this today. We’ll see.

french breakfast radishes

Radish - 22 pounds 2 ounces

I planted radish seeds last week.

bucket of raspberries

Raspberries – 21 pounds 7 ounces

rhubarb

Rhubarb – 39 pounds 9 ounces

purple sage

Sage – 14 ounces

wheelbarrow pumpkins squash

Squash 230 pounds 10 ounces

After all was said and done we ended up with 230 pounds of pumpkins. Not what I was hoping for. My pumpkin crop totally failed this year due to poor crop rotation. Some years are good, and other, not so much.

fresh organic spinach

Spinach - 15 ounces

I planted more in the greenhouse for a winter harvest. :)

mung bean sprouts

Sprouts -2 pounds 15 ounces

Here are instructions for growing your own sprouts.

strawberries in wooden basket

Strawberries 23 pounds 14 ounces

Strawberry season is over for the year.

garden swiss chard

Swiss Chard 52 pounds 4 ounces

Gag. Our backyard chickens love it and it’s great for trading.

sungold tomatoes

Tomatoes 234 pounds 15 ounces

I need to check on the tomatoes we have growing in the greenhouse. It’s getting to be about that time of year when they need to be pulled up. I was hoping to grow them into November but we’ll see.

cut-wheatgrass

Wheatgrass - 7 ounces

zucchini

Zucchini – 72 pounds 13 ounces

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 1455 pounds 0 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 2,197 {+more that we forgot to count}

If you are new to gardening or just want to learn more about organic gardening, my #1 favorite garden book is The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food By Tanya L.K. Denckla.

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

How to Grow Your Own Food – 10/16/2013 Garden Tally

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garden boxes

This past week we harvested squash, potatoes, tomatoes and kale from our backyard garden. Things have totally slowed down because of the colder temperatures, but I don’t mind. I think it’s kind of nice because it give me more time to get a few projects crossed of my list both indoors and out.

grow lights seedlings

Last week we set up the grow lights and the lettuce, basil and beets we planted are all up. I plan on growing the basil indoors, moving the lettuce to the greenhouse and the beets to a garden bed once the seedlings get a little bigger.

Gardening is cool no matter if you do it indoors or out.

~Mavis

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

fresh basil

Basil – 1 pound 3 ounces

We’ve got basil growing under the grow lights. Hopefully by Christmas we’ll have a boatload of fresh basil. In the past we’ve enjoyed making fresh pesto and strawberry basil jam with it.

beets

Beets – 133 pounds 12 ounces

We’ve still got plenty of beets in the garden and we just started some indoors as well.

organic gardening bok choy

Bok Choy – 7 pounds

We pulled up all the remaining bok choy a while back and tossed it to the chickens. I don’t think I’ll plant it again until next spring.

broccoli

Broccoli – 13 ounces

Our broccoli plants are doing great and I’m looking forward to a late fall harvest. Girly Girl stole almost all my plants. We won’t have a huge harvest this year, but we should get atleast a few dinners and side dishes out of it.

head of cabbage

Cabbage - 40 pounds 14 ounce

Still waiting to harvest our fall cabbage!

carrots

Carrots – 43 pounds 11 ounces

I didn’t pull up any carrots this past week but we’ve still got quite a few in the ground.

chives

Chives – 2 pound 5 ounces

We regular chives and garlic chives growing right now.

burpless-cucumbers

Cucumbers 9 pound 6 ounces

Our cucumbers are done for the season. I guess this means I’ll be buying hothouse cucumbers at Costco until next summer.

chicken scraps

Egg Count – 2,197

This past week we collected 58 eggs. Happy chickens make happy eggs.

elephant garlic bulb

Garlic 9 pounds 2 ounces

We planted our garlic a few weeks ago and it should be ready sometime in July of 2014. :)

garlic scapes

Garlic Scapes 11 ounces

We use them to make Garlic Scape Pesto.

green beans

Green Beans 17 pounds 11 ounces

Our green beans are officially done for the year. Now if I want some fresh green beans I’ll have to get them from the grocery store. Booo!

kale

Kale – 42 pounds 14 ounces

I grow it along side the chicken coop for the chickens.

kohlrabi

Kohlrabi 5 pounds 10 ounces

romaine lettuce

Lettuce – 37 pounds 3 ounces

We currently have lettuce growing in the greenhouse and just started some under grow lights for a winter harvest.

microgreens

Microgreens 5 ounces

I need to jump back on the microgreen train. It’s been awhile since I’ve grown some bean sprouts.

blueberry jam with mint recipe

Mint 13 oz

I made some blueberry mint jam this summer and also harvested some mint for tea.

oregano container herb garden

Oregano - 1 pound 12 ounces

I been using fresh oregano for my heirloom tomato sauce.

onions

Onion – 37 pounds 8 ounces

While I was cleaning out the garden boxes over the weekend I found a few more onions growing beneath the tomato plants. We might have a few more out in the raspberry patch yet to harvest but I’m not sure.

basket of pears

Pears 47 pounds 7 ounces

Pear butter is AWESOME!

growing peas in a greenhosue

Peas – 42 pounds 9 ounces

We’ve got peas growing in the greenhouse and in a garden box. Hopefully we’ll get some fresh peas soon.

red potatoes

Potatoes - 319 pounds

How to Harvest and Store Potatoes for Winter.

Last week while I was clearing the pumpkin patch I also dug up a few of the potatoes we planted beneath the pumpkin mounds. So far I’ve only dug up about 19 pounds, but there’s more to be dug up.

My original plan was to dig them all up at once, but now I’m thinking I may just wait until just before the first frost. We’ll see.

french breakfast radishes

Radish - 22 pounds 2 ounces

Planting seeds today!

bucket of raspberries

Raspberries – 21 pounds 7 ounces

Raspberry season is officially over in our backyard. :(

rhubarb

Rhubarb – 39 pounds 9 ounces

purple sage

Sage – 14 ounces

We are using sage as we need it.

wheelbarrow pumpkins squash

Squash 230 pounds 10 ounces

Last week I got started on clearing the pumpkin patch. After all was said and done we ended up with an additional 122+ pounds of pumpkins. Not bad, but not great in my opinion. My pumpkin crop totally failed this year due to poor crop rotation and I didn’t end up with any giant ones. I’ve learned my lesson though so hopefully next year I’ll be able to grow more.

fresh organic spinach

Spinach - 15 ounces

I planted more in the greenhouse for a winter harvest.

mung bean sprouts

Sprouts -2 pounds 15 ounces

Here are instructions for growing your own sprouts.

strawberries in wooden basket

Strawberries 23 pounds 14 ounces

Strawberry season is over for the year.

Besides eating them fresh we made strawberry kiwi jam, strawberry freezer jam, strawberry pie, and homemade strawberry shortcake.

garden swiss chard

Swiss Chard 52 pounds 4 ounces

Our backyard chickens love it and it’s great for trading.

sungold tomatoes

Tomatoes 234 pounds 15 ounces

We picked 5 Green Zebra and a handful of Sun Gold tomatoes this past week from the greenhouse. The greenhouse tomatoes days are totally numbered, but we’ll take what we can get. ;)

cut-wheatgrass

Wheatgrass - 7 ounces

zucchini

Zucchini – 72 pounds 13 ounces

I harvested our last zucchini over the weekend. This was not a good zucchini year for us, which is really odd because they grow like crazy around here.

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 1454 pounds 13 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 2,197

If you are new to gardening or just want to learn more about organic gardening, my #1 favorite garden book is The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food By Tanya L.K. Denckla.

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

How to Grow Your Own Food – 10/9/2013 Garden Tally

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garden boxes

Is it just me, or does my garden look totally naked? Sheesh, all I did was pull up a few dying plants and tidy up the place and now the garden is almost bare. I don’t know whether to be happy this years harvest is nearly over, or if I should be motivated to get out there and plant more. We harvested just under 150 pounds of homegrown produce this week. Not as much as I was hoping for, but hey, 1,309 pounds of veggies isn’t too bad if you ask me.

Right now we have Swiss chard, kale, broccoli, fava beans, carrots, peas, leeks turnips and beets growing in the garden boxes. We also have lettuce, peas and tomatoes growing in the greenhouse.

I guess it really is time to pull out the grow lights and get planting if I want to have some fresh greens this winter.

~Mavis

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

fresh basil

Basil – 1 pound 3 ounces

We are currently out of fresh basil right now. Although we’ve enjoyed making fresh pesto and strawberry basil jam this summer.

beets

Beets – 133 pounds 12 ounces

We’ve still got plenty of beets in the garden, and I think I’m going to get some more started and see if I can grow this over winter. Have you ever grown beets in the winter?

organic gardening bok choy

Bok Choy – 7 pounds

We pulled up all the remaining bok choy a while back and tossed it to the chickens. I don’t think I’ll plant it again until next spring.

broccoli

Broccoli – 13 ounces

Our broccoli plants are doing great and I’m looking forward to a late fall harvest.

cabbages

Cabbage - 40 pounds 14 ounce

Still waiting to harvest our fall cabbage!

carrots

Carrots – 43 pounds 11 ounces

It seems like I’ve been pulling up carrots left and right these days. Having homegrown carrots on hand for lunch snacks and to use in soups and stews is awesome.

chives

Chives – 2 pound 5 ounces

We regular chives and garlic chives growing right now.

lemon cucumbers

Cucumbers 9 pound 6 ounces

Our cucumbers are done for the season. I guess this means I’ll be buying hothouse cucumbers at Costco until next summer.

chicken scraps

Egg Count – 2,139

Chickens are cool. You give them food, and they give you eggs. It’s like you are constantly bartering with them. ;) This past week we collected 62 eggs. And, I’m happy top report, none of our chickens are broody. Yee-Haw! It’s the first time in a looooong while.

elephant garlic bulb

Garlic 9 pounds 2 ounces

We just planted our garlic last week and it should be ready sometime in July of 2014. :)

garlic scapes

Garlic Scapes 11 ounces

We use them to make Garlic Scape Pesto.

green beans

Green Beans 17 pounds 11 ounces

Our green beans are officially done for the year. Now if I want some fresh green beans I’ll have to get them from the store. Booo!

curly kale

Kale – 41 pounds 2 ounces

I grow it for the chickens… :)

kohlrabi

Kohlrabi 5 pounds 10 ounces

romaine lettuce

Lettuce – 37 pounds 3 ounces

We currently has lettuce growing in our greenhouse and we should start harvesting it this week. I’ll be starting more lettuce seeds indoors today and keep you up to date once they get growing.

microgreens

Microgreens 5 ounces

I need to jump back on the microgreen train. It’s been awhile since I’ve grown some bean sprouts.

blueberry jam with mint recipe

Mint 13 oz

I made some blueberry mint jam this summer and also harvested some mint for tea.

oregano container herb garden

Oregano - 1 pound 12 ounces

I been using fresh oregano for my heirloom tomato sauce.

onions

Onion – 37 pounds 8 ounces

While I was cleaning out the garden boxes over the weekend I found a few more onions growing beneath the tomato plants. We might have a few more out in the raspberry patch yet to harvest but I’m not sure.

basket of pears

Pears 47 pounds 7 ounces

Pear butter is AWESOME!

growing peas in a greenhosue

Peas – 42 pounds 9 ounces

We’ve got peas growing in the greenhouse and in a garden box.

potatoes

Potatoes - 299 pounds 11 ounces

How to Harvest and Store Potatoes for Winter.

Giddy Up! The potatoes just keep rolling in. All the garden beds have been cleared, now all that’s left is whatever potatoes are growing under the pumpkin plants.

french breakfast radishes

Radish - 22 pounds 2 ounces

bucket of raspberries

Raspberries – 21 pounds 7 ounces

Raspberry season is officially over in our backyard. :(

rhubarb

Rhubarb – 39 pounds 9 ounces

purple sage

Sage – 14 ounces

We are using sage as we need it.

pumpkins squash

Squash 108 pounds 1 ounces

The Girl had some peeps over last weekend and I sent them outside to harvest the pumpkins and squash we had growing up near the teepees and garden boxes. They ended up harvested nearly 60 pounds of squash. Not as much as I had hoped for, but there will be plenty for decorating and to eat.

fresh organic spinach

Spinach - 15 ounces

I planted more in the greenhouse for a winter harvest.

mung bean sprouts

Sprouts -2 pounds 15 ounces

Here are instructions for growing your own sprouts.

Strawberry and Nutella Crepes with Bananas

Strawberries 23 pounds 14 ounces

Strawberry season is over for the year.

Besides eating them fresh we made strawberry kiwi jam, strawberry freezer jam, strawberry pie, and homemade strawberry shortcake.

garden swiss chard

Swiss Chard 52 pounds 4 ounces

Out backyard chickens love it! :)

green zebra tomatoes

Tomatoes 233 pounds 9 ounces

We harvested a little over 18 pounds of tomatoes when we pulled up our tomatoes this past week, We still have a few growing in the greenhouse but for the most part, tomato season is over. :(

cut-wheatgrass

Wheatgrass - 7 ounces

zucchini

Zucchini – 72 pounds 13 ounces

I harvested out last zucchini over the weekend. This was not a good zucchini year for us, which is really odd because they grow like crazy around here.

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 1309 pounds 12 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 2,139

If you are new to gardening or just want to learn more about organic gardening, my #1 favorite garden book is The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food By Tanya L.K. Denckla.

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How to Grow Your Own Food – 10/3/2013 Garden Tally

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mavis butterfield garden one hundred dollars a month

This year I’m on a mission to grow 4,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables in my suburban backyard. In 2012 I was able to grow 2,028 pounds, and in 2013 I’m going double or nothing. I have absolutely no idea if I’ll be able to achieve my goal. But, as with any adventure, half the fun is getting there. ~Mavis

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seattle garden blog mavis butterfield

I harvested just over 64 pounds of vegetables from the garden last week. Not as much as I had hoped for, but then again it rained practically every single day and working in the garden didn’t seem that appealing. Luckily we are suppose to get a break in the weather this weekend so the plan is to harvest the remaining tomatoes and squash and get the garden beds cleaned up.

So far I have 3 out of 16 new garden beds completed {I’m building new ones as I clean up the old beds} and plan on getting a few more put together this weekend. We’ll see what happens. ;)

How are your garden beds doing these days?

~Mavis

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

fresh basil

Basil – 1 pound 3 ounces

We are currently out of fresh basil right now. Although we’ve enjoyed making fresh pesto and strawberry basil jam this summer.

beets

Beets – 124 pounds 10 ounces

I pulled a few beets for dinner the other night but we still have a lot yet to harvest.

organic gardening bok choy

Bok Choy – 7 pounds

We pulled up all the remaining bok choy we had growing in the pallet garden and tossed it to the chickens. I don’t think I’ll plant it again until next spring.

broccoli

Broccoli – 13 ounces

Our fall broccoli is doing pretty good. But with all the rain we’ve been having I’m worried the slugs might try and gobble it up. All I can do at this point is hope for the best.

cabbages

Cabbage - 40 pounds 14 ounce

Still waiting to harvest our fall cabbage!

root vegetbales potatoes carrots beets

Carrots – 31 pounds 7 ounces

If you’ve never grown carrots before, you need it. Seriously. They are so easy to grow and with a little TLC you can harvest them throughout the winter months too.

chives

Chives – 2 pound 3 ounces

We cut fresh chives as we need them.

lemon cucumbers

Cucumbers 9 pound 6 ounces

All out cucumbers have been harvested. Maybe I should try growing them indoors. I bet the HH would love that. ;)

How to Collect, Clean and Store Chicken Eggs

Egg Count – 2,077

We collected 59 eggs last week from our pet chickens. Once the babies start laying I might have some extras to giveaway to the neighbors again.

elephant garlic bulb

Garlic 9 pounds 2 ounces

We just planted garlic yesterday! Only 10 months to go. :) I wonder how long this years supply will last?

garlic scapes

Garlic Scapes 11 ounces

We used these to make Garlic Scape Pesto. Yumm!

green beans

Green Beans 17 pounds 11 ounces

Our green beans are officially done for the year. Now if I want some fresh green beans I’ll have to get them from the store.

curly kale

Kale – 33 pounds 1 ounces

Feeding it to the chickens every chance I get. You bet I am!

kohlrabi

Kohlrabi 5 pounds 10 ounces

romaine lettuce

Lettuce – 37 pounds 3 ounces

Our lettuce is done for the season. I think I’m going to start some more this week indoors and then stick it in the greenhouse once it gets big enough.

microgreens

Microgreens 5 ounces

I need to jump back on the microgreen train. It’s been awhile since I’ve grown some bean sprouts. They’re super easy to grow too.

blueberry jam with mint recipe

Mint 13 oz

I made some blueberry mint jam and also harvested some mint for tea.

oregano container herb garden

Oregano - 1 pound11 ounces

I been using fresh oregano for my heirloom tomato sauce.

onions

Onion – 31 pounds 7 ounces

I harvested a few onions yesterday when I installed the new garden box for the garlic. I think we still have more onions to grab but I won’t know until I pull up the rest of the tomato plants.

We have leeks though, so I’m pretty excited about that.

basket of pears

Pears 47 pounds 7 ounces

Pear butter is AWESOME!

growing peas in a greenhosue

Peas – 42 pounds 9 ounces

We’ve got peas growing in the greenhouse and in a garden box. Maybe in another week or so they’ll be little white flowers {peas}.

How to Harvest and Store Potatoes for Winter

Potatoes - 276 pounds 15 ounces

How to Harvest and Store Potatoes for Winter.

We still have potatoes to harvest. When I planted the pumpkins this summer I stuffed a seed potato in the dirt mound before planting the pumpkin seeds. I won’t know until we harvest the pumpkins how many are in there.

french breakfast radishes

Radish - 22 pounds 2 ounces

Note to self- Plant more radish seeds.

bucket of raspberries

Raspberries – 21 pounds 7 ounces

Raspberry season is officially over in our backyard. Boo!

rhubarb

Rhubarb – 39 pounds 9 ounces

Earlier this week I moved the two rhubarb plants that were alongside the house over near the greenhouse where out other 3 rhubarb plants are. Now we have all 5 in one location and I bet next year we will have a big harvest.

purple sage

Sage – 14 ounces

Using it as I need it.

pumpkins squash

Squash 48 pounds 15 ounces

I didn’t harvest any pumpkins or squash this past week but plan to this weekend. This year we didn’t get as many due to poor crop rotation on my part. Hopefully next year will be better.

fresh organic spinach

Spinach - 15 ounces

I planted more in the greenhouse for a winter harvest.

mung bean sprouts

Sprouts -2 pounds 15 ounces

Here are instructions for growing your own sprouts.

Strawberry and Nutella Crepes with Bananas

Strawberries 23 pounds 14 ounces

Strawberry season is over for the year.

Besides eating them fresh we made strawberry kiwi jam, strawberry freezer jam, strawberry pie, and homemade strawberry shortcake.

garden swiss chard

Swiss Chard 45 pounds 2 ounces

Chickens love it! :)

heirloom tomatoes

Tomatoes 215 pounds 6 ounces

We harvested a little over 9 pounds of tomatoes this past week. I’ll be pulling up the remaining plants this weekend and should have a final tomato tally next week.

cut-wheatgrass

Wheatgrass - 7 ounces

zucchini

Zucchini – 66 pounds 12 ounces

And last but not least, we harvested a few more zucchinis last week as well. And guess what? They are still sitting on my kitchen counter. Ha! I Guess I need to make some zucchini bread pretty soon.

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 1159 pounds 15 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 2,077

If you are new to gardening or just want to learn more about organic gardening, my #1 favorite garden book is The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food By Tanya L.K. Denckla.

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How to Grow Your Own Food – 9/25/2013 Garden Tally

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This year I’m on a mission to grow 4,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables in my suburban backyard. In 2012 I was able to grow 2,028 pounds, and in 2013 I’m going double or nothing. I have absolutely no idea if I’ll be able to achieve my goal. But, as with any adventure, half the fun is getting there. ~Mavis

*******raised garden beds

It seems like we harvested a little bit over everything this past week in the garden. Everything from pumpkins and carrots to heirloom tomatoes and potatoes. Pretty stinkin’ awesome if you ask me. The temperatures are getting cooler though and before you know it there won’t be much left to harvest but carrots and kale, and let me tell you Bob, I’m not looking forward to that. ;)

~Mavis

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

fresh basil

Basil – 1 pound 3 ounces

We are currently out of fresh basil right now. Although we’ve enjoyed making fresh pesto and strawberry basil jam this summer.

beets

Beets – 120 pounds 8 ounces

We’ve been eating beets and giving them away like crazy lately. I didn’t like them as a kid, but I sure do now.

organic gardening bok choy

Bok Choy – 12 oz

The bok choy we planted in the pallet garden is finally ready. It’s a nice change from kale and Swiss chard that’s for sure.

head of broccoli

Broccoli – 13 ounces

The slugs have not discovered our fall broccoli yet. I’m keeping my fingers crossed they’ll stay away.

puggle puppies cabbage

Cabbage - 40 pounds 14 ounce

Still waiting to harvest our fall cabbage!

heirloom carrots

Carrots – 26 pounds 14 ounces

We are harvesting carrots daily now and we feed Lucy the trouble puggle the little ones.

herb garden thyme

Chives – 2 pound 1 ounce

We cut fresh chives as we need them.

lemon cucumbers

Cucumbers 9 pound 6 ounces

We pulled up all the cucumber vines this past week after harvesting the last of the lemon cucumbers. :(

How to Collect, Clean and Store Chicken Eggs

Egg Count – 2,018

We collected 51 eggs last week from our backyard flock of hens. Our baby chicks won’t stay laying for another 8 weeks or so, but once they do, look out world, we are going to have an abundance of eggs.

elephant garlic bulb

Garlic 9 pounds 2 ounces

Our garlic has been harvested for this year and I am using it in practically every dish now.

garlic scapes

Garlic Scapes 11 ounces

We used these to make Garlic Scape Pesto. Yumm!

green beans

Green Beans 16 pounds 14 ounces

We didn’t get as many beans as I had wanted from of tepee poles this fall but there are still a few beans left t pick.

curly kale

Kale – 28 pounds 14 ounces

Feeding it to the chickens every chance I get. {Shocking, I know}

kohlrabi

Kohlrabi 5 pounds 10 ounces

romaine lettuce

Lettuce – 36 pounds 13 ounces

We have enough lettuce for one big salad before we’re out of lettuce. I’ll be planting more in the greenhouse pretty soon though so it won’t be too long before were have more.

microgreens

Microgreens 5 ounces

My favorite way to eat microgreens is with egg salad sandwiches.

blueberry jam with mint recipe

Mint 13 oz

I made some blueberry mint jam and also harvested some mint for tea.

oregano container herb garden

Oregano - 1 pound 9 ounces

I been using fresh oregano for my heirloom tomato sauce.

onions

Onion – 25 pounds 6 ounces

We still have a few onions left to harvest. Note to self- get out there and pull them up before they rot.

pear butter recipe

Pears 47 pounds 7 ounces

Pear butter is AWESOME!

growing peas in a greenhosue

Peas – 42 pounds 9 ounces

We’ve got peas growing in the greenhouse and in a garden box. I’m keeping my fingers crossed we’ll start to see tiny white flowers soon.

How to Harvest and Store Potatoes for Winter

Potatoes - 263 pounds 15 ounces

How to Harvest and Store Potatoes for Winter.

We donated some potatoes to the food bank last week and have been using them like mad around here. Just for kicks I think I might wrap some up and give them to my Husband for Christmas since he loves them so much.

french breakfast radishes

Radish - 22 pounds 2 ounces

Note to self- Plant more radish seeds.

bucket of raspberries

Raspberries – 21 pounds 7 ounces

Raspberry season is officially over in our backyard. Boo!

rhubarb

Rhubarb – 39 pounds 9 ounces

Rhubarb is rad! I think we have about 5 or 6 rhubarb plants sprinkled around our yard. I’ll have to dig up the crowns this fall and move them all to one location.

purple sage

Sage – 14 ounces

pumpkins squash

Squash 48 pounds 15 ounces

We harvested a few pumpkins this week and set them on the front porch to cure. We still have more pumpkins, sweet meat squash, Butternut squash to harvest. Hopefully it will stop raining soon so they don’t rot on the vine.

fresh organic spinach

Spinach - 15 ounces

I planted more in the greenhouse for a winter harvest.

mung bean sprouts

Sprouts -2 pounds 15 ounces

Here are instructions for growing your own sprouts.

Strawberry and Nutella Crepes with Bananas

Strawberries 23 pounds 14 ounces

Besides eating them fresh, so far we have made strawberry kiwi jam, strawberry freezer jam, strawberry pie, and homemade strawberry shortcake. There are just a few left to pick and then we’ll be done harvesting berries for the year.

garden swiss chard

Swiss Chard 40 pounds 12 ounces

Chickens LOVE chard. ;) Me? Not so much. But it sure is pretty. :)

heirloom tomatoes

Tomatoes 206 pounds 0 ounces

Mama Mia! That’s a lot of tomatoes.

cut-wheatgrass

Wheatgrass - 7 ounces

zucchini

Zucchini – 55 pounds 8 ounces

Can someone please explain to my why I didn’t see these before they grew this big? Holy cow, it’s looks like a few hundred loaves of vegan zucchini bread are in my future.

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 1095 pounds 8 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 2,018

If you are new to gardening or just want to learn more about organic gardening, my #1 favorite garden book is The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food By Tanya L.K. Denckla.

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How to Grow Your Own Food – 9/18/2013 Garden Tally

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mavis butterfield garden blog

This year I’m on a mission to grow 4,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables in my suburban backyard. In 2012 I was able to grow 2,028 pounds, and in 2013 I’m going double or nothing. I have absolutely no idea if I’ll be able to achieve my goal. But, as with any adventure, half the fun is getting there.   ~Mavis

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It’s been two weeks since I last updated this garden tally and let me tell you Bob, I’ve been busy. If I’m not in the kitchen whipping up another batch of heirloom tomato sauce, then I’m working in the garden harvesting vegetables for planting seeds for my fall garden. It’s a bust time of year and with the kids back in school you’d think I would have more time to get stuff done around here, but not so. There’s so much to do it’s crazy.

~Mavis

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

fresh basil

Basil – 1 pound 3 ounces

We are currently out of fresh basil right now. Although we’ve enjoyed making fresh pesto and strawberry basil jam this summer, I need to get some more seeds planted so we can enjoy fresh basil all winter long.

beets

Beets – 106 pounds 0 ounces

We’ve been pulling up beets lately. There are still a lot left to harvest and I’ve been planting them in intervals so we should have plenty this winter.

bok choy leaves

Bok Choy – 6 oz

It’s time to harvest the Bok Choy we have growing in the pallet garden. Maybe today?

head of broccoli

Broccoli – 13 ounces

The fall broccoli we planted is looking healthy. The slugs have not discovered it yet so I am hopeful.

cabbage

Cabbage - 40 pounds 14 ounce

We are patiently waiting to harvest our fall cabbage!

carrots

Carrots – 17 pounds 10 ounces

Last night we harvest over 12 pounds of carrots. Carrots are one of Lucy’s favorite vegetables so we had to set some aside in the fridge just for her. Luckily she she hasn’t figured out how to dig them up yet, but when she does, we’ll be in trouble.

herb garden thyme

Chives – 1 pound 15 ounces

We cut fresh chives as we need them.

burpless-cucumbers

Cucumbers 8 pound 11 ounces

We’ve been picking cucumbers and slicing them up for lunch snacks {is that weird?} and in salads. I suspect we will have to pull up all the cucumber plants in the next 2 weeks though as the cooler temperatures set it.

fresh eggs blue and brown

Egg Count – 1,967

We collected 82 eggs over the past 2 weeks. The count seems a little to low to me so I’m not sure of someone collected eggs while I was in California last week and forgot to write it down or what. Oh well, as long as we have enough to eat, I’m happy.

elephant garlic bulb

Garlic 9 pounds 2 ounces

Our garlic has been harvested for this year and I am using it in practically every dish now.

garlic scapes

Garlic Scapes 11 ounces

We used these to make Garlic Scape Pesto. Yumm!

green beans

Green Beans 15 pounds 11 ounces

We’ve been harvesting green beans from the tepee poles lately. Yumm a licious!

kale

Kale – 25 pounds 7 ounces

Feeding it to the chickens every chance I get.

kohlrabi

Kohlrabi 5 pounds 10 ounces

lettuce

Lettuce – 36 pounds 13 ounces

We harvested a wee bit last week, and since we received all that iceberg lettuce from Mr. Produce Guy the other day I think we’ll hold off harvesting anymore until next week. Maybe I should get some bunnies? Hmm.

microgreens

Microgreens 5 ounces

My favorite way to eat microgreens is with egg salad sandwiches.

blueberry jam with mint recipe

Mint 13 oz

I made some blueberry mint jam and also harvested some mint for tea.

oregano container herb garden

Oregano - 1 pound 9 ounces

I been using fresh oregano for my heirloom tomato sauce.

onions

Onion – 25 pounds 6 ounces

Last night I decided to pull up a bunch of onions. These ones didn’t get as big as the others so I thought I would go ahead and harvest them before it gets to cold and they rot.

And in case you didn’t know, all the cool people are storing onions in their pantyhose these days.

basket of pears

Pears 47 pounds 7 ounces

We had a bumper crop this year. Vanilla Pear Jam is awesome.

growing peas in containers

Peas – 42 pounds 9 ounces

We’ve got peas growing in the greenhouse and in a garden box. I wonder which set will be ready to harvest first?

How to Harvest and Store Potatoes for Winter

Potatoes - 252 pounds 5 ounces

We have so many potatoes that we’ve decided to donate our extras to the food bank. Potatoes are super easy to grow, but next year, I don’t think I’ll plant so many. ;)

How to Harvest and Store Potatoes for Winter.

radishes

Radish - 22 pounds 2 ounces

Note to self- Plant more radish seeds.

raspberries in wooden baskets

Raspberries – 21 pounds 7 ounces

Raspberry season is officially over in our backyard. Boo!

rhubarb

Rhubarb – 39 pounds 9 ounces

Rhubarb is rad! I think we have about 5 or 6 rhubarb plants sprinkled around our yard. I’ll have to dig up the crowns this fall and move them all to one location.

purple sage

Sage – 14 ounces

acorn squash

Squash 12 pounds 12 ounces

Last week we harvested a delicata squash, this week 2 acorn squash and another delicata squash. Pumpkins are next!

fresh organic spinach

Spinach - 15 ounces

I planted more in the greenhouse last week for a winter harvest.

mung bean sprouts

Sprouts -2 pounds 15 ounces

Here are instructions for growing your own sprouts.

strawberry pancakes tasty

Strawberries 23 pounds 14 ounces

Besides eating them fresh, so far we have made strawberry kiwi jam, strawberry freezer jam, strawberry pie, and homemade strawberry shortcake. There are just a few left to pick and then we’ll be done harvesting berries for the year.

garden swiss chard

Swiss Chard 29 pounds 15 ounces

Chickens LOVE chard. ;)

heirloom tomato

Tomatoes 186 pounds 9 ounces

Over the last 2 weeks we have harvested over 41 pounds of tomatoes. When it rains, it pours right?

cut-wheatgrass

Wheatgrass - 7 ounces

big zucchini

Zucchini – 36 pounds 4 ounces

We haven’t had as many zucchini this year as we would have liked but oh well, there’s always next year, right?

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 967 pounds 15 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 1,967

If you are new to gardening or just want to learn more on the topic of organic gardening, my #1 favorite book is The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food By Tanya L.K. Denckla.

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

How to Grow Your Own Food – 9/4/2013 Garden Tally

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mavis in the garden

This year I’m on a mission to grow 4,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables in my suburban backyard. In 2012 I was able to grow 2,028 pounds, and in 2013 I’m going double or nothing. I have absolutely no idea if I’ll be able to achieve my goal. But, as with any adventure, half the fun is getting there.   ~Mavis

*******

This past week we harvested just a little over 200 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables from our backyard garden. Wowie zowie that is a lot of food. I held a mini farmer’s market at the end of my driveway over the weekend, and we’ve been busy making batches of heirloom tomato sauce like crazy and thinking up ways to use the plethora of tomatoes that are still sitting on my kitchen counter.

I love this time of year!

~Mavis

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

recipe-strawberry-basil-jam1

Basil – 1 pound 3 ounces

I LOVE making fresh pesto and strawberry basil jam.

heirloom beets

Beets – 86 pounds 4 ounces

We still have plenty more beets to pull up but I’m waiting for them to get a little bigger first. Also, the beets we planted for this years Thanksgiving feast are doing well and look to be right on schedule.

bok choy leaves

Bok Choy – 4 oz

We have more Boy Choy growing in the pallet garden. I’ll try and get some pictures posted tomorrow to show you.

head of broccoli

Broccoli – 13 ounces

The fall broccoli we planted is looking healthy. The slugs have not discovered it yet {fingers crossed} so I am hopeful.

cabbage

Cabbage - 40 pounds 14 ounce

We are patiently waiting to harvest our purple cabbage!

baby carrots

Carrots – 5 pounds 6 ounces

We thinned our carrots the other day and brought a few large ones inside to snack on. Yum!

herb garden thyme

Chives – 1 pound 12 ounces

We thinned the chives and replanted our herb bed the other day. It always amazes me how we can have fresh chives year round.

burpless-cucumbers

Cucumbers 5 pound 2 ounces

We picked a few cukes over the weekend and have been making simple cucumber tomato salads with them.

fresh eggs blue and brown

Egg Count – 1,885

We collected 51 eggs this past week. The Hillbilly’s stopped by for fresh eggs on Saturday and I forgot to get a count of how many they took. Oops!

elephant garlic bulb

Garlic 9 pounds 2 ounces

Our garlic has been harvested for this year and I am using it in practically every dish now. :)

garlic scapes

Garlic Scapes 11 ounces

We used these to make Garlic Scape Pesto. Yumm!

bean poles

Green Beans 11 pounds 9 ounces

I noticed the beans on the tepee poles are about ready to be harvested. Hopefully this week.

kale

Kale – 20 pounds 14 ounces

Note to self: The neighbors LOVE kale.

kohlrabi

Kohlrabi 5 pounds 10 ounces

lettuce

Lettuce – 36 pounds 9 ounces

We should be harvesting lettuce in about another week. Weeee!

microgreens

Microgreens 5 ounces

My favorite way to eat microgreens is with egg salad sandwiches.

blueberry jam with mint recipe

Mint 12 oz

I made some blueberry mint jam and also harvested some mint for tea.

oregano container herb garden

Oregano - 1 pound 5 ounces

I used a bunch this past week for my heirloom tomato sauce.

dry-store-onions-in-pantyhose

Onion – 17 pounds 6 ounces

All the cool people are storing onions in their pantyhose these days. ;)

basket of pears

Pears 47 pounds 7 ounces

We had a bumper crop this year.

garden peas

Peas – 42 pounds 9 ounces

Aren’t they beautiful? I think they’ll be ready to harvest in early October.

lucy and potato

Potatoes - 210 pounds 1 ounces

Lucy LOVES raw potatoes. What a nut!

radishes

Radish - 22 pounds 2 ounces

Radishes have been planted for fall.

raspberries in wooden baskets

Raspberries – 21 pounds 7 ounces

Raspberry season is officially over in our backyard. :(

rhubarb stalks

Rhubarb – 39 pounds 9 ounces

I harvested rhubarb 2 twice last week for my mini farmer’s market. So far this year we have made rhubarb vanilla jam, rhubarb walnut muffins, and strawberry rhubarb pies

purple sage

Sage – 14 ounces

fresh organic spinach

Spinach - 15 ounces

I’ll be planting more in the fall.

mung bean sprouts

Sprouts -2 pounds 15 ounces

I grew some sprouts this past week for my vegan neighbor Francisco.

Here are instructions for growing your own sprouts.

strawberry pancakes tasty

Strawberries 23 pounds 9 ounces

Besides eating them fresh, so far we have made strawberry kiwi jam, strawberry freezer jam, strawberry pie, and homemade strawberry shortcake.

garden swiss chard

Swiss Chard 25 pounds 6 ounces

Ugg. {But chickens and neighbors like it}.

tomatoes

Tomatoes 145 pounds 1 ounces

Tomato season has finally arrived and they are keeping me busy!

cut-wheatgrass

Wheatgrass - 7 ounces

big zucchini

Zucchini – 23 pounds 6 ounces

As I’m sure you are well aware, unattended zucchinis can grow to the size of baseball bats pretty quickly. ;)

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 911 pounds 5 ounces  853 pounds 0 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 1,885

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