Harvest (herbs, fruits, and vegs) 5,500 lbs (or there abouts)
Eggs: 2,155 (duck & chicken)
Honey: 25 lbs
If you have been following us this year, you know that the weather played havoc with our summer crops. Many such as cucumbers and tomatoes were lackluster and poundage considerably down than in previous years. From our records we “normally” harvest upwards of 850 lbs of tomatoes, in 2008 we harvested 1/2 that — a mere 425 lbs. Why? Well, it was too hot too early and then we went through a roller coaster of temperature flux from 100 degrees one week to 60 degrees the next.
Though we didn’t reach our goal of 10,000 lbs we still fed ourselves and our animals, stocked up the pantry and freezer and provided the surplus to a few restaurants for income. We didn’t go hungry and we made do and that’s what’s important.
With it being such a terrible year, by November we knew our harvest totals would be low so didn’t “pad the poundage” come December. Figuring we’d just let the ripening harvest be and carry over the poundage in 2009. What does that mean? Well, we just left a few hundred pounds in tomatoes and citrus not harvested for 2008 otherwise we may have bumped up the 2008 tally to 5,800 lbs but instead opted to harvest the fruits and vegs in January.
With the 2008 recap, what does 2009 look like? Well, from where we are now we’ve went from the second warmest October to the coldest December so the garden is in a semi dormant state. Looking at the garden you get a sense like it’s been suspended, after all it’s winter so that’s expected.
How’s your garden growing? I know, I know many of our readers can’t even see their garden but those of would who do care to share?
Or tell us how your 2008 garden grew, did you weigh your produce? What’s your tally ho goal for 2009?