Posted by: beyonddinner | December 14, 2008

Harvest for 2008

This morning I tallied up our community garden harvest for the year. I suspect we still have some kale that we can take out, but we haven’t visited recently to do it. The following counts are probably slightly under-represented:

  • 7 bags of lettuce
  • 1/2 bag of spinach
  • 3 green onions (we didn’t grow these ourselves)
  • 1 bag of purslane (a weed in our garden)
  • 32 zucchini
  • 20 bags of green beans
  • 17 cuttings of parsley
  • 22 1/2 bags of bok choy
  • 13 bags of kale
  • 9 bags of chard
  • 23 carrots
  • 37 cucumbers
  • 15 kohlrabi
  • 19 beets
  • ~37 tomatoes (but most were pretty small – it was a bad tomato year)
  • 1 head of green cabbage (3 were stolen)
  • 5 butternut squash (plus 3 that were stolen)
  • 10 fennel
  • 7 cuttings of basil
  • 1 red onion
  • 6+ bags of cauliflower greens (but no cauliflowers)
  • 3 green peppers
  • 5 red cabbage (2 were small)

It sounds like a lot! We did really well on the greens, especially bok choy, chard, kale, cauliflower greens. Zucchini, cucumbers and green beans were also great performers. We could devote more room to carrots, beets, kohlrabi and fennel and green cabbage. Our poorest crops were spinach, onions, cauliflowers, tomatoes and peppers. For some of those, like cauliflower, we need to start them indoors to get the growing season timing right. For others, like the tomatoes, we need to feed them better next year. For the spinach and peppers – I don’t think it was a good season for either crop – just not quite the right conditions.

We also tried planting several 2nd seasons of some crops that never ended up doing well. I think it was a combination of not adding more compost and perhaps not watering the seeds enough.

We’ve learned a lot and I’m looking forward to applying those lessons next year.

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