After a week of hot & muggy temps, the weather’s been absolutely incredible. I have to pinch myself, doesn’t feel like summer. Definitely not complaining – it’s perfect.
Almost too perfect.
Not quite sure what the cooler than normal temps will do to the summer crops but the weigh in for July stands in at
Honey: 81 lbs
Produce: 1,110 lbs (this is NOT a typo)
Eggs: 45 Duck / 63 Chickens
2010 YEAR TO DATE TALLY
3650 lbs Produce
81 lbs Honey
250 Duck Eggs
503 Chicken Eggs
Keeping track of our harvest keeps on on track with our growing efforts. Over the last decade we have show that small can be beautiful and productive. Folks often wonder how it is that we grow so much on a 1/10 acre (if an acre is, say, $1.00, we are growing on a dime) We don’t take kindly to empty space,. Every space is utilized whether it be the parking strip or growing vertically against a cinder block wall. The smallness of the property has forced us to compact our thinking/growing efforts to make use of the space that is available to us.
Another part of our success has to do with succession plantings, crop rotation and the cultivation of the soil. Not only are we growing food for substance and subsistence but we are improving our surroundings. Folks often tell us that just as soon as they step foot on the property that “the air smells better.” Could it be that our little farm is also improving the air quality? Could it be all these plants are helping to clean the air? I would certainly thinks so and wouldn’t be interesting if someone from Cal Tech or JPL would come and do a study and check up on what our noses are picking up.
It all comes down to quality of life and by growing something, anything you are improving your life one step at time.
How’s does your garden grow?
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