Goal for 2015: Grow a (Literal) Ton of Food
This last year's yields weren't as impressive as I had hoped.
I mean... come on!
Kid stuff. That's pathetic, especially considering that I teach gardening.
Granted, I was running a nursery and writing about 10 articles/posts a week in 2014, plus I wrote a book... but that's really no excuse.
This year is it. This is the year of the one-ton garden.
|There should have been 10 wheelbarrows full of potatoes.|
The less productive crops are being phased out (goodbye, sugarcane!) and the more productive staples will be phased in (hello, Seminole pumpkins!)
Since the weather has been so warm I've decided to start planting the cool-season spring vegetables now. We've expanded the garden beds by about 500 ft2 in the last couple of weeks and will soon add another 1000 ft2.
Yeah, I supposed I could cheat and just plant a ton of watermelons to reach my goal... or maybe giant pumpkins...
But I won't. I am going to go for higher-yielding plants. The Seminole pumpkins did amazingly well for us, as do the sweet potatoes and yard-long beans. I'm also going to really go crazy with the cabbages. I love those. My beets are even looking good this year, so I just planted lots more. And onions. Oh yeah.
I'll probably also try potatoes again and just kill all the fire ants so they don't destroy another harvest.
AMDRO!!! AMDRO!!! AMDRO!!!
(Would that still make my garden organic? Just a LITTLE poison?)
So there - I wrote it down. The goal for the year is 2000 lbs of produce.
What's your goal?
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