How to Grow Your Own Food – Weigh In Wednesday

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


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


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}


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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  1. Wendy says

    Another thought with your tomatoes – if you pick the big ones now (green), then let them ripen inside, the smaller tomatoes will be given more energy to get larger. That is generally what we do here. Loving your updates. I would enjoy seeing a diagram of your yard and how and where you have your beds. Thanks!

  2. says

    Hi Mavis love your blog btw~ was wondering if I sent you a picture maybe you could give a little help as to what is going on with my broccoli…? I did post on my blog site but I just started it and my audience has yet to really comment. If you can access that it does have the pictures and or I can send you some. Much appreciated!!

    • carrie says

      Broc. will not grow large heads if it gets too warm. Try planting it earlier next year with a row cover to protect it from any late spring frosts. Also this fall get your soil tested for nutrients by your local cooperative extension. Write on the form that you are looking to grow better broc and they will give you the ratio of nutrients you need to add to your soil.

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