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.
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
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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