February 8, 2012

HARVEST TALLY: January 2012 Update: Giveaway Winner Announced

Posted by Anais Dervaes


Random.org says... Comments #15 #84 #24 are our winners!

Congratulations! Contact info(at)urbanhomestead.org to claim your prize!

January Harvest Tally

201 lbs Produce

Eggs:     73 Duck       14 Chicken

Garden Report

The mild winter has really confused plants and humans alike.  Trees are blooming a might early (the bees are busy easy!) and the colder weather crops are going to seed faster.  Plus,  'tis the perfect temperature for aphids.  Boy, they are lovin' it under the row covers.   The Army of Aphids  was  camped out underneath the row covers; but, now  since we are having a mild  "winter" , we can  take the covers off.

The warm, dry winter weather has let us do a bit of garden improvements.  We fixed up one of the fence lines that had gotten away from us, added a few new raised beds, redesigned the front yard, built a new trellis and planter boxes (using recycled materials).  Even after 25 years, there is always room for improvements to be made as we learn to grow along with the garden and every year presents new challenges.   Weather, especially!

A few hundred soil block made  and seeds planted ( btw: we do have extra soil blocks seedlings available from time to time at the Front Porch Farm Stand  Open Sun- Fri  9 am - 7 pm )

In a few weeks,  time to start those summer crops!

Perennial herbs & fruit trees pruned and ready for spring!  Wildflower seeds sowed in the parkway and tucked in empty spaces in the garden to attract butterflies and beneficial insects.

Vegetable Planner Chart Giveaway

We are going to kick off the 2012 growing season by giving away Vegetable Chart each month this whole year!  Each time we post our monthly Harvest Tally we'll be giving away this handy chart answers the following:

When is my local frost date?
Vegetable Growing & Planting Times?
Indoor Planting Times for seed flats?
Seed Planting Times & Quantity?
Plants - When to purchase and plant?
How deep do they plant, and how far apart?


How big of garden do you have?

Are you planning on "growing more of your own groceries" this year?

Leave a comment in the box and if we receive over 100 "comments" we'll not only give away one, but THREE, charts!

NOTE: If you repost this giveaway via Twitter or Facebook or write about it on your blog - or anywhere online - you may ADD an additional comment or comments for each time you shared the link for additional chances to win! (Just make sure to share the url address in the comments box).

This giveaway will end on Feb 29 2011 at 12 PM PST. Open to all persons in the US and Canada.  ONE ENTRY PER PERSON

Winner will be chosen by Random.org and will be e-mailed. The winner has 48 hrs. to respond to e-mail or another winner will be chosen.

Let's Get Growing!


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  1. We have a modest community garden at our apartment building. This year we plan on plenty of cucumbers for pickling, zucchini, tomatoes for canning, spinach, eggplant, burgundy bush beans, jalapeños, and of course yummy herbs like basil, dill, mint, rosemary, and lemon balm.

  2. We have 5 boxes, and are expanding to another section this year. We definitely are trying to grow more of our own groceries, and hopefully put more away through canning too!
    soluckyducky atgmail dot com

  3. Have three areas of my property set up for veggies, and we jar and freeze a lot of tomatoes, beans, beets, turnips, brussels, spinach and lettuce, and also store roots and squash in our garage. This year, we set up a cold frame - the lettuce did eventually die from cold, but the spinach, with this warm weather keeps coming back - just ate some fresh tonight! And we're in Maryland!
    For good heirloom seeds, recommend a visit to D. Landreth Company - they are just a few miles from me in New Freedom PA, and are one of the oldest seed houses in the US! Get their catalog - it is an encyclopedia in itself! http://www.landrethseeds.com

  4. We live in a condo and have very little space for a garden. We have been told by our HOA that we can plant in the garden boxes along the outside edge of our unit. My husband and I have talked about removing the rose bushes and other plants and planting a garden. We planted some tomatoes, mint, and basil, but would like to expand to more veggies. We would like to know how best to use our space. Our garden area is 20x3 along the side and 10x3 in the front. We just need to figure out the best way to plant in such small space in order to get the greatest yield.

  5. I grow a variety of culinary/medicinal herbs and edible flowers in pots. Also, I grow salad veggies (romaine, arugula, tomatoes, bell peppers, squash, cayenne pepper, malabar spinach, green beans, celery, shallots) - a little bit of a lot of different things! Yummy!

  6. We have a large garden and try to grow produce for both our home, as well as my mom and sister's families.

  7. Just found your website and blog! I'm in San Diego and have a 25' x 6' garden space devoted entirely to vegetables as well as a landscape that has fruit trees, citrus, herbs and other veggies tucked in amidst the decorative plants. We are the crazy people in our city neighborhood who have chickens, too.

    I love growing lots of the thigns my little family eats and I love teaching my two little boys about planting, tending and harvesting. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with all of us!

  8. My garden has been 28' x28' but this year I am enlarging it by adding 2 new beds of 35 x5' each. I can't plant over my septic system so I have limited space but I am also adding a pole and wire system to try to grow espalier fruit trees so I can have use of the space below the trees. I think fruit and vegetable gardens can be just as ornamental as any other type of garden and am looking foreward to almost double the growing space. I hope that will result in significantly more canned goods.

    Oh was that you guys that I saw very briefly in a TV commercial for a Nat Geo show called Doomsday Preppers? Should we be looking for you soon?

  9. I have a very small but increasing garden. I have 2 raised beds and 8 clay pots full of herbs and a lime tree that I have grown from seed. My plan is to increase my garden by adding 1 to 2 raised beds per year until most of the back yard is covered in raised beds, and we raise all or most of our produce. This year I am wanting to add a raised bed of raspberry canes.

  10. I'm starting my garden all over this year because I just moved back to the property where I am now so I'm not sure how many raised beds I will be in. I hoping to be able to grow enough of my own food to have this summer, preserve for next winter, share with family and friends and possible sell from a stand in front of the house. You guys have been such an inspiration for me I just wish I had found you sooner but better late than never. While I'm not really "urban" but "suburban" you made me realize that I don't need a lot of acreage to provide food. I'm building a small barn using pallets to house goats, sheep, chickens and angora bunnies and I will be trying to grow feed for them as well. I will be planting a dye garden also this year to dye my handspun fibers. Thank you for your wonderful website and all the useful information you share.

  11. th Rock layers. This year we hope to expand into a few perennial crops like asparagus and rhubarb, some more layers (Rhode Island Reds this time), and our first bee hive (top bar style). We're producing more and more of our food every year, and this season I'm planning on moving most of my herbs and some of the items that don't seem to do especially well in the ground here (cucumbers and melons specifically) into containers. We're still working on building up a reliable protein source and some kind of dairy supply, but haven't come up with anything that works in our current location yet. Maybe by next year we'll be ready for a few rabbits...

  12. Sorry. The first line of my comment somehow got deleted. What it said was that we have a 32x75 foot veggie patch, some fruit trees and berry bushes, and a half-dozen Barred Plymouth Rock layers.

  13. Last year I started a forest garden and plan to expand it this year with gooseberries, blueberries, filberts, figs and peaches. I hope to grow more greens this year in my new raised bed gardens. I also have many herbs growing around my house in different garden areas. I usually grow tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, squashes and lots of salad greens.

  14. My residential lot is 50 x 134. At this time I have built (4) 4 'x 10' x 2' handicapped accessable raised vegetable beds in addition to multiple containers.
    My goal is to:
    * feed myself
    * supplement my income
    * donate fresh produce to my local food pantry
    * teach my community how to grow their own food and build raised beds for the elderly and handicapped neighbors
    Last year was great even with the drought. I was blessed with tomatoes, okra, mustard greens, green beans and lettuce. I can't wait for Spring here in Texas.

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    The house sits on just under a third of an acre. My production has been growing every year as I learn more techniques for the area. Last fall my husband and I made an agreement regarding becoming more self=sufficient. I have been reading up on a more year round approach. I grow for my family of five and my Mother.

  16. My husband and I will be planting our first "living off the land" garden this fall, very much looking forward to the experience and enjoying the fruits of our labor!

  17. I have 2/3 an acre I'm going to be planting for our coffee house. I'm new to growing things on a massive scale like that so I have a lot of things to learn. My husband and I are going to have a portion of the yard as a fish pond so we can try aquaponics. The rest will be planted somewhat the way you have your yard planted.

    I want very healthy salads for the coffee house but it's a future project. I don't know how to grow things on that massive of a scale yet. I have all I can do to keep from killing rosemary! This spring we're going to plant some nut and fruit trees, berries, some edible flowers and some greens, but on a small scale until I know what I'm doing.

  18. You guys have been our inspiration for years! My hubby & I are 60yrs old & finally made it to some land in the country when we were about 50. We grow most of our food from shiitake mushrooms to salad greens, collards, cabbage, kale, spinach, onions, tomatoes, summer & winter squash, beans, okra, oh my...so many, many veggies. We also grow herbs: rosemary (my favorite), sage, thyme, mints, on & on...I am hoping to grow an entire medicinal garden this year as well. As for fruits, we grow strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, apples, pears, figs...we also raise about 40 chickens and honey bees! :)
    BUT...YOU GUYS have it DOWN!!! We both work so hard and mess up frequently. We look at what YOU do and stand in awe. We need all the help we can get to run a more efficient operation and perhaps be able to market some. We'd LOVE a planner! Happy Growing from Peachland, NC! 😀

  19. I am experimenting this year with an area 60 feet by 100 feet. I have just put up a fence and my husband has plowed the ground. I will be using a smaller International 140 tractor to set the rows. I have always had a small raised bed garden so this is a stretch for me but I have the land and the resources. If this proves successful I will later try to install a water harvesting system since I have a shed 120" long that is on one side of the garden area. Last year was the worst drought in recorded history here in Texas so irrigation seems logical but I don't know if I have "bitten off more than I can chew" with such a large area. I am planning on providing fresh product for my husband and me, two neighbors and our mothers. I will be planting fruit trees for jelly and canning. More than likely we wil not have enough fresh veggies to can since I plan on sharing with friends.
    For the past few years I have followed your progress and have day dreamed about having a simplier more fulfilling life. You are all excellent stewarts of your resources and we could all learn something from you.

  20. I have 10 beds that are about 3-1/2 feet by 16 feet. Unfortunately I have only gotten the weeds out of two of them so far for planting. I hope to clear out more of them. I plan to grow much more produce this year than previously because the cost of fruits and vegetables has increased so much in the stores this past year.

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    We currently have a garden that is 20x24 feet. We grow kholrabi, carrots, peas, beans, potatoes, tomatoes (Roma and cherry), Brocolli, Jalepenos, Okra, Zucchini, and onions. This past october we had a very unusual snow storm that dumped 2 feet of snow. We had a beautiful Sugar Maple tree that we loved, It was about 300 years old. but because it was old and the tree still had leaves on it and the ground was not yet frozen, the weight of the snow caused huge branches to come crashing down and a huge split went down the tree. Leaving us no alternative but to take down the remaining part of the tree. It was a sad day, however our yard now has tons of sun and we are looking to add a large garden now in this part of the yard that was previously shaded. So this year we are adding a couple different crops, Baby brocolli is one of the new crops. We have never grown this before. Anybody have any tips on how to grow this? Love watching your website and your posts. You are very inspiring.

  22. My landlord wont allow gardens but I will follow your advice to do what you can with what you've got! I will have some container plants plus volunteer for The Growing Project and be a garden mentor for several new gardens in my town. Last summer I was able to harvest an abundance for my own veggie needs by tending a.different community garden every night, plus we donated many pounds to our food bank and foster families.

  23. We are planning a big garden this year. Our last frost date is around Valentines Day, but we have been know to have a little frost before Easter. Our garden in about 2000 sq. feet. We are also adding some fruit trees this year. We hope to produce enough in the garden this year to cut down on those trips to the groc. store. I have started some seeds in the house under a light and on a heating pad. I have been getting the garden ready for planting every chance I get. We have been getting a lot of rain lately, but that's OK we have been in a drought. Some scary wild fires threatened our town here in Texas last fall. We are praying that doesn't happen again. Looking forward to a beautiful garden this year....wish me luck.

  24. We have 4 4'x4', 1 3'x8', 6 dwarf fruit trees, 6 hens and a small asparagus garden. I plan to have it all planted this spring and summer. Planning for autumn and lover wintering will be our new adventure this year.

  25. My garden area is 80 feet 40 ... I basically grow rotational a 10 plot (mounded-raised beds) 'Resilient' garden - modeled after Carol Deppe's suggestions: corn, beans (bush), squash (winter bush), potatoes. (I also have chickens {8 of them = 'assorted' Cochin Bantams} for composting garden and kitchen waste and eggs for us.
    One variety of corn is planted this year (in two plots) - primarily a flour type and two varieties of bush bean are planned (for dry-down), and two varieties of bush winter squash in the works (for winter storage) and four varieties of potatoes will be planted: German Butterball & Purple Majesty & Yukon Gold & Dark-Red Norland. Of the ten total plots two are set aside each year as a fallow plots - I plant soybeans & buckwheat & barley as a summer cover-green-manure crop (the whole garden area is cleaned in the fall and planted to a winter cover = Winter Rye and Austrian Winter Peas). I also have a kitchen garden section (10 feet by 40 feet) - raised-box bedded where I grow one 'bush' cucumber variety & a 'bush' musk melon variety (utilizing the methodology espoused by Edward Hyams) and two varieties of sweet peppers and one variety of carrots (Nantes) and three varieties of onions (red, white, yellow). I plan to expand my grocery needs by the addition of the varieties of spuds I will be growing (I had - in the past - only grown two varieties) and experimenting some more with the Edward Hyams methodology for growing the cucumbers and musk melons (for the third year in a row). I read every posting and am always amazed at the comments and correspondingly very-well-pleased at how everyone responds to each other in the comments section.of The Little Homestead In The City and the Home Grown Living Network - a most-wonderful group of folk ... one incredible forum of ideas and resources and connections and inspirations = I learn something every time from each ones of you-all's postings and comments .... thanks for reading-listening - have a great year. These are exciting times --- have fun.

  26. We have a humble 20x20 front yard growing space on our terrace. A neighborhood endeavor as well as an outdoor classroom for all the kids involved! Veggies, strawberries and culinary herbs were all grown over the last 2 years. Our blog does not have any of the summer pictures which includes an additional 15x8 backyard watermelon and mammoth sunflower/cosmos butterfly garden. This year we are in the planning process to attempt raspberries, blueberries and grapes.

    Thanks for all your inspiration!! We wish you continued success beyond your own expectations.

  27. We grow with "no till" gardening. Our garden isn't a plot, but several small plots around the yard, both front and back. In addition to the "wild" black raspberries we cultivate,our few fruit trees, and the winter onions which grow year round, this year each of my three oldest children picked what they wanted to help grow. So, green peas, peppers, green beans, corn, strawberries, tomatoes, and cucumbers will be what I spend most of my time helping the kids with. I will probably put out some broccoli, lettuce, and swiss chard in addition to the kids crops.

  28. I have a 12 feet by 45 feet garden.... I have decided to take this space and switch to square foot gardening to maximixe my amount of veggie and herb to eat and put up for the winter. Plus the boys are attempting GIANT pumpkins again this year. Squash bugs got them last year :( They really want to win the purple ribbon at the fair this year. 1010 is the size to beat from last year....

  29. We grow different lettuces,spinach and beans in pots. We plant in are small yard 12 tomato plants, snow peas,cucumbers. We don't have a lot of space but I think I might try to fight in an extra four pots to are already 11 pots on are deck and see what else grows good in pots.


  30. How big of garden do you have?
    Not nearly big enough yet. I have 96 square feet of planting space right now.I would like tojust rip out all ofthe grass fromt he front andthe back and plant vegetables everywhere but it is a process and I have to move slow and build when we have the money and as the family begins to see the benefits.

    Are you planning on "growing more of your own groceries" this year?
    I would love to grow more this year. I am already doing much better in terms of how much I am producing this year over last year which was my first. I have some of the timming down a bit better now that I am in my second season. I am planning on planting a ton of tomatoes, italian squash, basic and more leafy green mixes. They all did pretty well last year so I want to double or tripple how much I grew last year to get a really decent harvest. I am going to leave out the cucumbers since they did not produce at all for me last year. Maybe next year after I get better at gardening then I will try cucumbers again.

    Anyway I hope I win that cool planting calendar.

  31. Have a decent bit of garden space surrounding our typical 60s ranch-track home in Anaheim, CA., but have tried to "let it be", hoping the beloved dirt could recover from mum's love for monsanto, before we, the next generation & vegetarians, attempt to nurture along as much as we can consume! We will seek your advice on how to recondition said soil & safely move forward! WE LOVE DIRT, & fresh gifts from seed are the true grateful treasure we appreciate! thanks for teaching & sharing so much! God Bless, namaste oxo

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  33. http://www.facebook.com/aprilwoodaprilsadvice
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  34. Here on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada, snow is ordinarily a given for February. However, that precious commodity hasn't been seen since early December -- and that was an amount almost too small to measure.

    I have taken advantage of the unseasonable dry and built a second garden on the slope behind the house, terracing raised beds into the hill. I also started my tomato seeds last weekend.

    Found a forgotten 6 pack of broccoli and another of swiss chard and popped them in one of the beds last weekend and hoop covered with 6 mil plastic. A week later, they are looking good.

    Hoping to have enough extra produce this summer to sell!

  35. Yes, I goal is to supplement my food source by fresh items that I grow. My name is on the community garden waiting list for some time. I am eager to get started...hopefully this Spring. Thank you for sharing the knowledge gained from your experience in self reliance. Eating well must be everyone's focus.

  36. I have a few raised beds and containers I grow a small variety of vegetables in. I am trying to improve my skills and increase my yield each year as well as add a bit more growing space each time. This past year's weird weather really upset my yields and I am unsure whether to try the same plan I had last year or make changes......

  37. I am planning on growing more of our groceries this year. I don’t have anything growing right now but I am planning on growing more next winter.

  38. I have two raised beds (one in my neighbor's yard) for a total growing space of about 80 square feet plus two Earth Boxes that I have used successfully for several years. I have grown tomatoes, green beans, corn, green peppers, peas, okra, and some herbs. I also grow strawberries and blackberries in large containers and blueberries along the fence line. I love sharing my gardening with my two grandchildren.

  39. For our personal consuption, the garden is about 200 square feet. This is the first year we are going to start planting with the intention of growing for others and we have a larger (yet still small) acreage for that. We are gowing more of our own groceries this year. I planted several types of greens just last week. This is the earliest we've planted and the first time we've planted the greens.

  40. I have two garden sections one 10x10 the other is 20 x 20 ft. I really want to plant more this year. I have slacked off this year : ( reading your posts really make me want to reinvigorate my garden! Thank you

  41. Hello! I would love to add your calendar to my garden tools. This year we will grow lettuces, green beans, tomatoes, beets, and onions. We are going to try eggplant, and some new peppers. And, of course our herb garden. I'm sure. I'm missing some. Oh yes! Our wine fruit. Currents, apple, rhubarb and we want to plant blueberries and thornless blackberries.

  42. It is 17 F degrees so I am not going to go measure the garden but the main area is roughly 100 x 100 feet and the smaller is 100 x 50. We mainly raise tomatoes and beans for canning and sale to vegetable stands. I have trouble with corn as the farms surrounding us use genetically altered corn and it seems to mess my crop up for some reason. I may try sorghum this year for animal feed and molassas. We plan on raising some different vegetable to can this year and others for livestock feed. Right now the chickens are using the gardens for forage.

  43. We have a very small back yard and last year put in a 8x8 raised bed which had tomatoes, basil, peppers and a pole bean. In large pots we had collards,strawberries, lettuces and garlic. This year I may try more pots for vegetables. The strawberries made it thru this winter and are blooming already!

  44. Hi! I'm Judith from Puerto Rico. Last year I started to fix my little backyard, We are a tropical island and able to garden all year, we have a lot of rain and warm to hot weather so there are some things that are not easy to grow here and I don't have much previous experience. I did 2- 4'X4' raised beds & 1- 4'X8' (which plan to expand to 4'x 11. One of the small beds is thriving with herbs/aromatics: oregano, rosemary, verbena, anise... the other one have some chillies, tomatoes, ginger, cilantro, arugula, basil, the third one so far only have a strawbery plant & 2 cherry tomato plants & I'm saving space for spearmint as is a herb we love to have to make Moroccan tea. In the yard perimeter we have ornamental shrubs, flowers & fruit trees ,: mango, bananas, sour-soup, papaya, lemonbalm, chillies, flowering gingers, pumpkins, heliconias & pigeon-peas . Also have some potted plants such as spinach & aloes . Last holidays we built a small coop & run and 2 weeks ago we buy 2 hens and a roo ( that means 11eggs by week)... last year we don't have much success in some of the crops, but I am willing to keep trying & learning to grow more edibles this year. I'm using the combination of sqf gardening & permaculture... your family indeed are a greatest inspiration in this journey. Blessings

  45. Have gardened for a long time, but now my sister Dot and I are wanting to garden for our family and to sell. We are putting together a stand on our property to sell homemade items and fresh produce. We really would like to grown year round. We are working on laying it out. We will see how this goes. What box to use for what plants and when do you put them in. We come from the West Coast and now live on the East coast. Different weather. Our garden right now is about 50 x 40. We have a frame up for a green house. Working on getting the items to complete that. We like to reuse items.

  46. My name is Pam, I am a mother of 4 in myrtle beach, sc, and have been urban homesteading for some years now. I have 6 chickens and several raised beds, but I am now on a mission to model my quarter acre homestead around yours. What you all do is fantastic, and I hope you'll never change. I saw you on the peppers show and I really loved it!! Thanks, Pam conkin

  47. My garden consists of an old canoe (the S.S. Sidedish), two raised beds and three boxes (12" x 48") that I reclaimed from the trash in an alley. Oh, and an assortment of pots filled with herbs!

    Grow more? Maybe just diversify into other areas to avoid duplicates of the CSA we subscribe to each year.

    Someday when work doesn't get in my way and I have time I will be able to produce more produce!! (& chickens too!)

  48. We have two 8x10 beds and 4x4 raised bed garden. We have eight chickens, a duck, a rabbit, three dogs, a cat and we live in a rural neighborhood. We have already started three types of tomatoes, basil, chives, cilantro, zinnias, nostrums and dahlias indoors. We put up a lot last summer and hope to put up even more this year with plenty to share as well. We have started our compost bin and a rain barrel. We hope to add to our gardens this year, enlarge our compost heap and add a couple more blue berry bushes and a fruit tree or two. I'm hoping for a small butterfly house too. And the duck needs a bigger pool. Our Duck is a better guard than the gigantic dog we have he is very comical.

  49. We have a medium-sized garden and two 12x4 boxes that grows our groceries!

    We would love the weather to heat up early this year so the harvest is steady!!

    Thank you!