Like we said before the summer harvest really never peak like normal years.
Normally we harvest nearly 1,000 lbs of tomatoes and this year we’ll be lucky to get half that. Another crop that will be a bummer is the oranges. Just a few on the tree this year when, before the freeze of 07, we’d harvest about 500 lbs from our two semi dwarf trees.
Another crop that’s been somewhat of a dud is cucumbers. We have beautiful plants loaded with flowers and bees with little yellow booties flitting from flower to flower but hardly any fruit before mildew, aphids and spider mites took hold.
Something is definitely amiss – it’s like the calendar is off or something.
All the harvest woes aside, we have Freedom Gardens winners!
First Place: GEOGAL17 guess of “817 pounds give or take a tomato”
Second Place: DANANDMARSH guess of “819 pounds”
Sheesh you guys are good!
Third Place: LUVNSHOOLIN guess of 829 pounds
Our favorite contest entry was from Jan at 2200 lbs (which would have been on par had we had a better year)
The actual weigh in for the month of July is 816 lbs so many of the guesstimates were close!
We’ll be having another contest again in September to guess August harvest.
The point of this contest was to have fun and get others involved in keeping track of their progress.
Back in 2001 when Farmer D said that we start weighing what came from the garden we were blown away by the first year’s figures of 1 ton. Sheesh, what does a ton of food even look like – and we weren’t even trying. Of course, we all were shocked — could such a small plot produce tons of food. To make sure this wasn’t some sort of fluke, the next year’s harvested weighed in at a little over 3,000 lbs. A light certainly went off – the impossible was possible!
When it comes down to it – it’s all about keeping records and the numbers. People like facts and figures – it keeps growing a garden real.
What’s your harvest tally per your garden square foot? Care to weigh in?