JANUARY 2011 HARVEST TALLY

After an extremely wet December, January’s been relatively dry and mild.  For the most part we’ve been able to have both doors wide open during the day and even venturing outside bare foot.

Seeing and talking with friends back East, seems there’s still a LOT of snow and more to come.  Tis’ one extreme to another I suppose.

On Sunday we did a major clean up of the urban homestead.   Still to be done is the animal compound – taking out a foot or two of compacted compost that will be this year’s new garden soil.   Jordanne’s been putting it off because of an old shoulder injury (she got hit while riding a bike by a SUV – the person driving was in the wrong) that flares up in winter.

Much of the back yard garden is under wraps, “floating row covers” that is.  So there’s really no purty pictures to be had – though underneath these white clothes are lush carpets of assorted greens and things.  We’ve even had to cover the snow peas because there’s these little birds that pick at the leaves.  Since pea shoots are  such a hot seller at the Front Porch Farm Stand we’ve had to protect the young pea shoot leaves from being decimated.

The new duckies are laying so there’s egg to finally tally.   A few chickens are laying and the others are getting more “talkative” so I suspect they’ll be laying any day now.

Here we are again, a new year and a new tally.   After last years record breaking harvest of over 3  1/2 tons ( 7,000 pounds ) of produce, will be interesting to see what this year will bring.  And as any farmer knows it all depends on the weather and keeping the plants healthy to ward off disease and bag bugs.

January Tally

Produce: 293 lbs

Eggs:  Duck 58 / Chicken 8

Like to know if you, readers, or fellow bloggers are Keep Track of your harvest this year?

Comments(12)

  1. Shelley says:

    I just started keeping track of my monthly harvests in December when I acquired a kitchen scale. I’m hoping to have a full year of record keeping this year! My January tally: http://rebelhomemaker.blogspot.com/2011/02/january-harvest-tally.html

  2. Socal says:

    I love your blog and your web page, it’s beautiful! I’m so impressed with your canning and soap making! You’ve really inspired me!

  3. Dan Langhoff says:

    19 lbs here for January. Mostly citrus and over wintering bell peppers. My goal is 1,000+ lbs this year, inspired by path to freedom of course! I started blogging about it here:

    http://harmonyvalleyfarms.wordpress.com/2011/02/05/goal-1000/

  4. Daedre says:

    I’m going to try to keep track of my harvests this year. It’s one of my goals for 2011. I bought a digital scale last year for packaging up produce for the farmer’s markets, so I should be all set!

  5. John says:

    We’re under multiple feet of snow and have sub-zero temperatures here in North Dakota, so suffice to say I’m jealous of your fresh produce. Hopefully by this time next year we’ll have a small working greenhouse and will be able to produce some fresh fruits and veggies. Congratulations on your successes, and keep on growing.

  6. Heather :) :) :) says:

    Wow, that’s quite the harvest. That’s amazing!!! Have you ever done a cost comparison about how much it cost to grow all that food this year vs. how much it would have cost, if you’d purchased all of that at a store? No matter…I think that’s awesome. It just goes to show what you can do with good planning 🙂 🙂 🙂 Have a great week. Greetings from Orego, Heather 🙂

  7. Nebraska Dave says:

    I’m planning to keeping close tally of what I harvest this year. Last year I didn’t try at all. You have even inspired me to think about having a front patio vegetable give away to the neighborhood once a week. Who knows it could just work into a neighborhood market with other neighbors donating food to be given away. Wouldn’t that be great. Last year I asked neighbors what they liked out of the garden and the top three were tomatos, cucumbers, and bell peppers. I’m having one bed each of those vegetables and a bed of yukon gold potatoes again. Lot’s of plans should keep me quite busy this summer.

    Have a great harvest/egg gathering day.

  8. Gwenevere Newell says:

    I read about what you guys are doing in ‘Mother Earth News’ and was very impressed! I think your methods should not only be used on city lots, but on rural farms too! Not only will yields be increased which means more food for more customers, it also means that the farmer will have an option to create more wild habitats. My fiancé and I own 9 acres in the country and that’s exactly what were trying to do! It’s tough, neither of us have any agricultural experience, but we figure everything were going through might make a great book one day! Keep up the great work, and keep trying to get the word out!

  9. Molly On Money says:

    We’ve had below freezing weather, snow and the state ran out of natural gas (thank god for propane and woodstoves). I gotta move! Oh, yeah, a raccoon killed 14 of our chickens last week 🙁
    We are living on some greens out from under our grow lights and just pulling out some seed to start some cabbage, spinach and tomatoes.

  10. Ginger says:

    Nothing so far this year…but my indoor garden will be planted this week for all the fantastic greens I can grow. I plan to start keeping a record of my home production. Mmmmmm…and speaking of greens, what do you do with pea shoots. I grew some last year in the indoor garden that were too bitter to eat. I tried a smoothie and nearly gagged. Do you cook them or put them in salad? Do tell. I have 30 lbs. of organic peas that I would like to eat as veggies instead of beans. I’m going to try my hand at making tofu tomorrow… and very excited about it. I love tofu.

  11. katie says:

    We just started chickens summer of last year. 9 chickens are producing about 8 eggs a day but they aren’t all laying yet. 1 muscovy duck but she’s not laying yet either. Unless hers is the massive white one we’ve just gotten. Do you know if the duck eggs will look different than the chicken eggs? First big garden will be planted this spring. 🙂

  12. Kristine says:

    We didn’t even try last year (except to count jars put up and lbs frozen) but this year I have scale and plan to do a much better job. We are just getting our first seeds started for spring. Hopefully next year we’ll have a fresh greens throughout the winter to add to our stored foods. Good luck to you this year!

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