How’s everyone’s garden growing?
I know it’s a little early but are you sensing this will be a good year, harvest wise? Are you keeping track of your growing efforts by tallying up the harvest? If so, care to weigh in?
We had a good spring – green wise. Also were pleasantly surprised with the wonderful heads of cabbage we were able to grow this year. To get an early start on any signs of blight Farmer Justin’s been spraying the tomatoes with our homemade nettle tea (note to self: brew some more!)
Right now more root crops are coming in (beets, turnips, carrots, garlic, onions) and this week, we harvested a bunch of beans. Looking forward to pickling up a bunch this week. A few green peppers are ripe – cucumbers, tomatoes are not far behind. On the fruit front, blueberries are ripe and ready for picking and the apples are just about ready too. The first flush of strawberries are over – they’ve been put up (canned and frozen). This morning, I wandered about the garden taking stock of what will be coming in this week while preparing meals and planning preservation in my head and on paper.
The veggies and fruit couldn’t have come at a better time as our pantry’s been pillaged over the fall, winter and early spring. We used our last can of tomatoes just a few weeks ago, not to mention we are plum out of dilly beans, squash pickles, pickled garlic, cucumber relish, marinated peppers, apple butter and are running very low on fruit jams.
Tis the season for herbs! They are filling in nicely so will have to start harvesting a bunch to dry.
May Harvest tally is in here at the urban homestead!
590 lbs of Produce
41 Duck 112 Chicken Eggs
Year to Date
1,810 lbs Produce
372 Chicken 173 Duck Eggs